Kari Altmann: Flexia XLE-Oasis

curated by: KuKu Collective
1.8. - 30.8. 2019 (international residency)

ENG/ “Until everything is a virus. Until everything is a Sun.”

Kai Altmann (aka Hitashya) is a globally nomadic artist who makes work in conceptually soft-branded “teams” or series which she treats as palettes, identities and states of mind.

These teams include many kinds of materials, language and conceptual craft, which she binds together through performance, image-making, music, text, installations, social feeds and video. With a background in music and film as well as fine art and many different alternative communities, she embodies an interdisciplinary practice which champions social and experiential forms of art as much as physical exhibitions. 

She is focused on the survival tactics and morphing ecologies of communal fantasy images or “meta images”, as well as creating new mutant vocabularies inside cultural superstructures, what she calls “DIY soft power”. 

Living and working around the world in extreme blends of first and third world, hyperurban hubs and off-grid havens, she creates her own hybrid language and aesthetics to adapt to the psychogeographical contexts of her lived experience, one that is often surrounded by extreme urban development. 

Some of her most known identities include XOMIA, HITASHYA, SOFT MOBILITY, SMART MOBILITY, XLTE, R-U-INS?, GARDEN CLUB and more.

The series/identity on display looks at sites of tension between large, abstract, external systems and the intimate (natural, psychic, ancient) inner realm, with special attention to the territorial prowess of language and image. In this version of FLEXIA, the white tensile fabric which is ubiquitous as sun shading canopies in developing megastructures and xeric/tropical climates around the world is turned into a display medium, with various “text alerts” and messages cut into the fabric - words of varying degrees of confrontation which pierce through via sunlight. These texts seem to come from far beyond the body in this particular location and time, yet are beamed down and “printed” into space in a suspiciously serene and natural way. 

photos by: Světlana Malinová