Peter Weibel – an Austrian media poet

Peter Weibel – an Austrian media poet
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StampNews.com hurries to inform that Austrian Post is to release a special stamp commemorating a great artist - Peter Weibel. The stamp has been already designed and is scheduled to be released on the 25th of October.

Peter Weibel is an Austrian artist, curator and theoretician. Raised in Upper Austria he started to study French and cinematography in Paris. In 1964 he began to study medicine in Vienna, but changed soon to mathematics, with an emphasis on logic.

Peter Weibel’s oeuvre belong to the following categories: conceptual art, performance, experimental film, video art and computer art.

In his performative actions, he has explored not only the "media" language and body, but also film, video, audiotape and interactive electronic environments. Critically he analyzed their function for the construction of reality. With his television action "tv und vt works", which was broadcast by the Austrian Television (ORF) in 1972, he transcended the borders of the gallery space and queried video technology in its application as a mass medium.

Peter Weibel followed his artistic aims using a large variety of materials, forms and techniques: text, sculpture, installation, film and video. In 1978 he turned to music. Together with Loys Egg, he founded the band "Hotel Morphila Orchester" (orchestra). In the mid-1980s, he explored the possibilities of computer-aided video processing. Beginning of the 1990s he realized interactive computer-based installations. Here again he addressed the relation between media and the construction of reality.

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