Philipp Messner

Constantly Shifting, 2016/2017

display, mini-PC, animation, loop, color
Acquired in 2017 by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.

ill.: Philipp Messner



Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst
Collection+ | East Foyer, 1st Floor


In his sculptures and media works Philipp Messner (*1975) deals with the experiences and effects of the virtual. How do computer-generated appearances influence our perception of "real" forms, objects and spaces? The installation "Constantly Shifting", presented for the first time, consists of a circular surface set flush into the wall. Although small in size, it immediately catches the eye with its luminosity and movement. We know the wheel in the spectral colors as a digital waiting cursor. It is in permanent motion and yet symbolizes standstill. It always appears when a computer is overloaded with computing processes. Rebuilt and enlarged, the artist transfers the digital icon directly into real space. It appears as if planted in the wall and lets the architecture appear as something virtual, dissolving the difference between object and symbol.

Under the title Collection+, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungene (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in the Pinakothek der Moderne will be presenting studio exhibitions within the context of the collection. Presentations of new acquisitions, loans and artist rooms reveal the laborious work involved in gathering, maintaining and researching the collections, shining a light on the scholarly investigations into them and their contemporary relevance.