1999: Leo Schatzl
The work Leo Schatzl created during UMAS's seventh annual residency reflected the interdisciplinary nature of his art. It included computer drawings, a photomontage, multimedia installation and two metal sculptures. The drawings depicted abstract objects, rendered as red and blue lines that appeared three dimensional when viewed with special glasses. The installation included a large wooden frame supporting a pink rubber ball mounted just above head level. Viewers were encouraged to jump and hit the ball with their heads, triggering a flash and the click of a super-8 camera. Schatzl plans to create an experimental film based on these hundreds of images of people suspended in mid-air.
The two sculptures made of cast iron had springs and were controlled by a motor. One was wall mounted and the vibrating motion of the sculpture was triggered by a foot pedal the viewer had to step on to start the motor. The second sculpture was suspended between the ceiling and floor with springs and the motion created by a motor gave the impression of dancing metal. Visitors felt so stimulated by the swinging movement of the piece that they started dancing to the rhythm of the vibration device.