Peter Kogler

SILENT GARDEN

Neunbrunnenstrasse 50
8047 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

2014
6 benches, steel

Austrian multimedia artist Peter Kogler (*1959, AT) specialises in art in the public space and art-in-architecture projects, Kogler is seen as a pioneer of artistic engagement with the aesthetics of the digital. With the aid of repetitively deployed forms, he develops (sometimes geometric, sometimes organic-looking) patterns, structures and grids for the composition of walk-through illusionist spatial labyrinths that occupy the observer’s whole perceptual field.

At the invitation of Genevan curator Simon Lamunière and in consultation with fellow artist Matt Mullican, Kogler developed an ensemble of six benches for the art-in-architecture project at Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, incorporating the aforementioned aesthetics of the digital. These cloud-like furnishings serve as seating for passers-by and for students from the neighbouring federal institute of technology. In the context of Neu-Oerlikon and Seebach, where there are a whole array of new buildings that were designed on computers and adhere to digital grid aesthetics, Kogler’s seating furniture blends in harmoniously.