INAESTHETIK is a place of possible encounters with art and philosophy. It refers to "Inaesthetics", a concept about the relationship between art and philosophy introduced by Alain Badiou: "By 'inaesthetics' I understand a relation of philosophy to art that, maintaining that art is itself a producer of truths, makes no claim to turn art into an object for philosophy. Against aesthetic speculation, ‘inaesthetics’ describes the strictly intraphilosophical effects produced by the independent existence of some works of art."
In his multimedia Installation "Given: The Haunting Ghost" Kay Walkowiak approaches the question of how spirits of the past still exist in the present and how they manifest in virtual layers of reality. With the outstanding example of Marcel Duchamp, as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Kay Walkowiak opens up a cultural dialogue between the concept of „Hauntology“ by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida and traditional beliefs in ghosts and spirits in South-East Asian culture. Hauntology as a nature of being is an idea that inherently embeds the realm of the past in that of the present, the ghosts of the past returning to haunt us.
Kay Walkowiak was born in 1980 in Salzburg and now lives and works in Vienna. He studied Sculpture and Multimedia at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Photography and Video Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Expanded Expression at the Zokei University in Tokyo. Walkowiak’s work is a complex mixture of installation, sculpture, video art and photography and combines conceptual and post minimal strategies. In many of his works the artist explores the historically and socioculturally defined handling of form and questions its functional positing as a projection surface for timeless utopias. Walkowiak has participated in various international group exhibitions since 2004, most recently at the Kunsthalle Tübingen (2018). Solo exhibitions include the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, the Soulangh Art Space in Tainan, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New Delhi and the Node Gallery in Tokyo. He also featured at the Vienna Biennale 2017 and the Lahore Biennale this year.
Cho Why Project Space 15-17 Soi Nana, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100
Opening: Friday, 20th of July
Opening times: To be confirmed