Dizziness arises locally, and situationally. Dizziness happens to individuals, to groups and to masses and it combines various elements. It can clear, cause a great stir, move heaven and earth; it agitates. Dizziness, according to Plato, creates the constitution of all philosophical thought by destabilizing the basis of knowledge to a state of uncertainty.
For the project Dizziness – A Resource, artist duo Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond work with a multidisciplinary team of artists, philosophers, and creativity researchers to study dizziness. Based on artistic, art-historical, philosophical and natural scientific sources, they address questions with respect to contemporary art. The project presents dizziness from the perspective of different disciplines, and illuminates its impact on contemporary artistic practice, namely artists’ takes on moving image. By investigating when, why and how dizziness occurs, and considering the experience of dizziness on the one hand and reflections on dizziness on the other, this research suggests two key insights. First, that dizziness can be seen as a paradigm, a power for innovation and transformation and, second, that traces of dizziness are to be found within processes of transformation.
Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond live and work in Vienna. Their research project Dizziness–A Resource is hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. In 2012 they began curating HASENHERZ, a monthly screening and discussion series inspired by Arnold Schönberg’s Society for Private Musical Performances. In 2013, they worked with the writer and essayist Anna Kim on an 18-month project following the construction of a new district in Vienna which reflected on the process of converting utopian ideals in urban design into reality. From 2003-2007 they worked on the artist book Notizen zu einer Küste (Notes on a Coast) in collaboration with Giora Rosen, editor in chief of Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing house, Israel, and Klaus Zeyringer, Professor of German Literature, Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers. This book combines their eponymous photo series and the first anthology of contemporary Hebrew lyric poetry translated into German.
Their numerous exhibitions and screenings include: What Would Seeing be Without Us? mumok cinema - Museum of Modern Art, Foundation Ludwig, Vienna (2014); Trees are Companions, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Camera Solaris, CCA- Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2011) and Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna (2008); Construction Site As Far As The Eye Can See, Institute for Art in Public Space Styria, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (2011); Shattered Horizon, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); Film Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009); Paradise Now! — French Essential Avant-Garde Cinema (1890-2008) Tate Modern, London (2008); Notes on a Coast, Herzlyia Museum of Contemporary Art (2005).