public art
Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية⁩


mobile sound sculpture

Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner

September – October 2021

Venue: various bike-parks between Praterstern and Volkertplatz in the 2nd district of Vienna

Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner, "Wunderkorb 1694", BANAL COMPLEXITIES تعقيدات عادية, September 2021 © Markus Hiesleitner, philomena+

“Wunderkorb 1694” is the title of the artistic collaboration between Malek Gnaoui (*1983, based in Tunis) and Markus Hiesleitner (*1981, based in Vienna). It refers to the term “Wunderkammer”, cabinets of curiosities that became popular among noble circles since the 14th century onwards. Instead of exotic objects, however, the “Wunderkorb 1694” contains a curious collection of sound recordings that acoustically trace the migration flows between Tunis and Vienna. A sculpture made from freshly cut willow rods will be transported by bicycle to various locations in Vienna’s public space. Passers-by are invited to put their heads into the woven “sound helmets” and immerse themselves into foreign or familiar soundscapes.

“Wunderkorb 1694” is part of the project “Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية”, a series of 4 collaborative art interventions in public space curated and realised by philomena+ between Praterstern and Volkertplatz from March to October 2021.


(*1983 in Gabes, lives and works in Tunis) studied ceramics at the École d'art et décoration of Tunis and at the National Ceramics Centre of Sidi Kacem Jellizi, Tunisia. Using video reportage, ceramics, installation, sound and performance, Malek Gnaoui deals with sensitive questions about social conditions and the concept of "human sacrifice" in all its forms.


(*1981 in Amstetten, lives and works in Vienna) studied sculpture and performing arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Today, he is primarily known for his ecologically-driven projects. Organic materials are often at the centre of his artistic work, along with the careful use of environmental resources. As co-director of the artist-run space Kulturdrogerie in Vienna's 18th district, he also offers other artists the opportunity to enter his "universe of thoughts and experimentation".

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