Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Tanya MacNaughton

AUS­TRIAN artists Katha­rina Mis­cher and Thomas Traxler found their cre­ative kin­dred spir­its in each other while study­ing at univer­sity.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the De­sign Academy Eind­hoven in the Nether­lands in 2008, the pair de­cided to form Vienna-based de­sign team Mis­cher’ Traxler Stu­dio.

“Af­ter five years of study­ing and still work­ing on projects to­gether, we de­cided to stick to­gether and start a com­pany,” Mis­cher said.

“We are trained de­sign­ers and work on ob­jects that are more re­lated to the de­sign world.

“They can be big in­stal­la­tions, prac­ti­cal ob­jects, fur­ni­ture pieces, lights, ki­netic in­stal­la­tions; we have a big va­ri­ety of projects.”

The duo’s lat­est project has them vis­it­ing Perth with ex­hi­bi­tion Mis­cher’ Traxler LeveL and Vol­umes pre­sented at FORM’s The Goods Shed.

LeveL is the big­gest piece in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

It took nine months to make, fills the lower level of The Goods Shed space and was in­spired by the no­tion of utopia by de­sign.

“We dis­cussed a lot about what utopia could be about and net­works and how things are in­ter­con­nected,” Mis­cher said.

“If you ever achieved a per­fect utopia and took one el­e­ment out, the whole utopian sys­tem would col­lapse, so we tried to trans­late that to a big ki­netic light mo­bile.

“There are 63 rods, some of them 2m long, and at each end there is a light source and a lamp­shade.

“It is static and in per­fect bal­ance but once the wind blows or some­one touches it and it starts mov­ing, the light be­gins to dim.”

Vol­umes in­cludes four pieces Mis­cher and Traxler have worked on over the past six years which cor­re­sponded with LeveL and in­cludes another ki­netic in­ter­ac­tive art in­stal­la­tion, Cu­rios­ity Cloud, fea­tur­ing mouth­blown glass bulbs.

Traxler said they hoped peo­ple had an emotional re­ac­tion to their works, es­pe­cially with the in­ter­ac­tive projects.

“The de­sign in it­self is more about con­nect­ing el­e­ments and look­ing at things dif­fer­ently,” he said.

The pair has fol­lowed the open­ing of this ex­hi­bi­tion with a FORM res­i­dency in Albany un­til De­cem­ber 12.

“We want to be in­spired by our sur­round­ing and start look­ing at pieces for a new project,” Traxler said.

Art­works de­vel­oped from their res­i­dency will pre­miere at The Goods Shed next year.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462434

Mis­cher’ Traxler are artis­tic duo Katha­rina Mis­cher and Thomas Traxler from Vienna.

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