Otto Krause & Milan Loviška, Austria, 2018
Otto Krause and Milan Loviška use diverse, performative formats and technologies to question established modes of perception and explore the relationship between audience and performer. Their atmospheric works bridge various fields in the arts, science and popular culture. Otto is a stage and costume designer for opera, theatre, dance, performance and film. Milan studied contemporary dance, and psychology, and alongside his own work regularly collaborates with artists in the visual arts, music, theatre, dance and performance. Their current work, ‘Furrious’, investigates the furrification and plushification of performative spaces, actions, roles, objects, and events. Similar to fursuiting – the anthropomorphic fetish of dressing in full-bodied plush fur animal costumes by members of a subculture called the furry fandom – the artists dress up performative artefacts in faux fur and plushy textures. This hybrid plushophilia can be seen as a portal through which to escape the physical, spiritual, psychological or sexual constraints imposed by the human body and by human consciousness.
About the Malta project
During their residency at Blitz, the duo takes Furrious underwater. Following an intensive period of diving and filming, they will produce a film to be shown in the galleries at Blitz, accompanied by a performance lecture.
The residency of Otto Krause and Milan Loviška is also supported by the Arts and Culture Division, Federal Chancellery of Austria.