„Positive vibration” is an experimental and artistic research project inspired by the context of the SARS Cov2 pandemic. The German artist Johannes Hugo Stoll transforms situations and events from everyday life into things whose status oscillates between image or object.
He borrows and combines references and practices from genetic technology, history, political culture and economics in order to interpret everyday reality.
In the work „Is History ok?“ Stoll, takes biological samples from the nasal cavity of the statue of Wilhelm I which he analyzes in a laboratory specializing in genetics and molecular biology in an attempt to trace the genetic path and biological manifestation of a figure and political will of which he is publicly represented at present, in over 1000 statues spread in over 1000 places in Europe.
Johannes Hugo Stoll, (b. 1986) in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, studied art at different schools in Mainz, Leipzig, Warsaw, Seoul and in Stuttgart, from where he graduated in 2017 with a participatory work about takeaway culture. He created a loose network of people carrying around keychains with photos of food transport boxes. In his artistic practice he turns daily observations and situations into material objects. His starting point of creating objects is the human body, which he uses to oscillate between inside and outside, referring to the production of the self. He takes things in his hands, forming their material qualities in order to emphasize the performative side of our everyday relations.
Project realised with the support of IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Foto: ©ElectroPutere, 2021