Simona Koch

Simona Koch


Temporary entities in a world of flux

Dec 5 – Dec 19  2023


Nothing in the world is eternal, everything is subject to change – the „flow of materials”, as Deleuze and Guattari call it. Whenever we encounter matter, „it is matter in movement, in flux, in variation.”1

Nevertheless, people try to fix forms. They create „built environments” – illusions of stability and eternity. But these are also in flux and the components will later become part of other objects and bodies – part of the one stream of life, as Emanuele Coccia describes it in his book „Metamorphoses”.2

For the opening of the exhibition, this primal principle will be translated into space with a performative installation together with Hilla Steinert: Parts are taken out of a lump of clay and formed into bodies / vessels. These clay bodies – which have deliberately not been fired or fixed – are temporary entities.3

Visitors are invited to choose one of these objects and take a sip from it. For a short time, the vessel holds its shape, then it disappears. With „THINGS LEAK“4, a part of the whole separates for a certain amount of time before returning to the whole.

The animated chalk drawing „Stardust“ (2019) opens up a view of the flow of matter that has controlled the vitality of the world since the Big Bang.

Another element of the exhibition is the soundtrack „Engine of Duality” (Speakers: Christopher Barber and Simona Koch, 2022), which refers to the world of duality – the world in whose field of tension we find ourselves.


  1. Deleuze and Guattari, 565.
  2. Emanuele Coccia: Metamorphosen. Das Leben hat viele Formen. Eine Philosophie der Verwandlung, 2021.
  3. This work was inspired by an observation during a trip to India in 2008: at a chai stand, tea was not served in glasses or plastic cups as I knew it, but in vessels made of unfired clay. After drinking, they were smashed and reprocessed into new drinking cups in a natural circular economy.
  4. Tim Ingold: Bringing Things to Life: Material Flux and Creative Entanglements, 2017.




Opening hours during the exhibition:

Friday from 5 – 9pm

…or by any appointment!

Marxergasse 16
A-1030 Wien
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