"The One", 2016
archival ink pigment print
signed, titled & numbered on back
In Nicola Hackl-Haslinger`s project NEXUS (Latin for connection, structure, context) stands for a combination of music and photography but at the same time it addresses the relation with the audience.Music in interaction with art played a particularly prominent role in the 1920/30s and the term synesthesia (meaning both: to sympathise and to perceive in ancient Greek) primarily refers to this combination of two or more than two physically separate spheres of perception, e.g. music and space. But how can internal perception be made visible and even be intensified and what is the role of an external agent and the interplay between the two? These questions act as a kind of guideline when Nicola Hackl-Haslinger approaches new themes. She has already dealt with them in her former works. This time, however, she breaks new ground: via NEXUS she extends these visualizations of emotions and mental processes to the spheres of music and mind.
Nicola Hackl-Haslinger has chosen Volker Bertelmann, a German composer and pianist, as musical interpreter. His music has become known by the artist`s name HAUSCHKA and is distinguished both by its variety and the themes as such.
Albums such as FOREIGN LANDSCAPES or ABANDONED CITY speak for themselves and independently, without knowing each other, these two artists` works now strike a chord in the project NEXUS.
The musically volatile finds its melancholy and poetic expression in Nicola Hackl-Haslinger `s images and vice versa: The audience is listening, watching and imagining.
Mag. Silvia Müllegger, Kunsthistorikerin