There ought to be silence

Tag: art

we spoke our prayers


all there ever was and all there ever will be is here and now


life on the streets runs like blood through my veins


past in present


the day the fog returned


towards the unknown


softly spoken words


we stood in awe as we entered this world


where it all began


home away


Experiencing ontological certainty

Oliver Parzer exhibits You Are, a minimal and yet analytic, inquisitive and complex piece. The Berlin-based artist asks the visitor to take an effective part in his installation which functions as a dispositive of sense only through people’s physical engagement.
The visitor is in fact asked to climb a ladder with a stereoscope at the top of it; while looking through the optical device, the viewer sees two different sentences blended in one, You are alive/You are alone. The stereoscope’s lens give a three-dimensional impression for which the two statements are seeing together; moreover, what the viewer actually recognizes is also affected by his own physical arrangement as he might have a dominant eye.
Parzer encourages the visitor to take an active role and to contribute to the artwork’s factual realisation: the viewer needs to face the verticality of the ladder and use the technical prop in order to interpret the installation. While the stereoscope represents a prosthesis device for the human eye and a way to extend the sight, the stair clearly symbolizes the euphoria of vertigo as well as possibilities of risks and dangers.
Are you alive or alone? What do these existential conditions mean? Are they opposite, complementary or synonyms? As in a suspension of judgement, Parzer leaves these questions open to the viewer’s viewpoint.
While alive and alone represent the mutable attributes of our human condition depending on time, perception, feelings and attitudes, You Are is the statement’s kernel, which never changes and rather continuously manifests itself.
You are confirms an unquestionable state of the being; taking action, climbing the ladder, looking through the stereoscope, and making a choice of judgement are all activities which imply an existing and living presence. You Are appears as a matter of fact, an empirical manifestation of ourselves.

Text by Elena Dolcini
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I:I:I:I –  featuring Tristan Davies, Nikki Lam, Kimberley Liddle and Oliver Parzer explores the internal and external duration of self, its translucent nature as well as its complexity in relations to our surroundings.

A series of site specific projects, I:I:I:I allows the viewer to interactively delve into each of the artists minds, and interpretations of one’s self.  Oliver Parzer posits that ‘I’ can only be found if you are willing to taking the steps to embrace the inherent solitude of human experience. Nikki Lam views the identity of self as framed by the constitution of space, and such identity is realised only through vulnerability and change. Tristan Davies notions that the conception of self exists only in the past, found through nostalgic memories, and momentary thoughts. Kimberley Liddle explores the sense of self in the present. Stripping away all layers of the conscious mind and the external materiality of self, Liddle’s mixed media sculpture portrays the instantaneity of the subconscious. Does ‘I’ exist as asolid definable state, or is the idea of the self an illusion created by a constant flux of moments and events?

I:I:I:I takes us on a fascinating journey and challenges our own understanding of the concept of “self”, along with challenging the mainstream execution of mixed media projects.

Opening Night: Friday 9 August 6-9pm | Exhibition Dates: 9 August – 23 August 2013

Off the Kerb Gallery, 66B Johnston St, Collingwood, 3066 Australia

silent poems


oliver parzer on has just published a little feature on my series  “surrounded by nothing but our own imagination”
Have a look, it’s a great blog about contemporary art and will definitely be worth your while.

Transmediale Resource 003: P2P Vorspiel

“The Pluto in me” is an exhibition that takes Transmediale 2013’s theme (Back when Pluto was a Planet) as inspiration to showcase selected self portraits made by Artconnect Berlin community to put into discussion the idea of self identity and self transformation. The exhibition is multi-media format which gives the artists freedom to express the different shifts in their vision about themselves and the world around them.

-Francesco Quarta Colosso
-Nina DeFelice
-Sabine Jamme
-Latefa Wiersch
-Marko Schiefelbein
-Jörg Brinkmann
-Lars Bjerre
-Oliver Parzer

VERNISSAGE: 25.01.2013: 19:30 – 23:30
Exhibition dates: 26.01 – 31.01
Opening time: 12h – 18h

Artconnect Berlin Hq
Boddinstraße 62
12053 Berlin, Germany

This vernissage is part of the reSource 003: P2P Vorspiel presented by transmediale 2013 ( and CTM.13 (

much to be left behind


surrounded by nothing but our own imagination

only the one who lives in the present can be free of his past


new webiste online

Thanks to Müller & Sohn Digitalmanufaktur for making it so shiny!

if you don’t paint you don’t get a painting

november always comes too soon

what has led you here will lead you there

creatures of the night

materialistic possession is not the answer

Unabängig Parallel / upcoming exhibition

Unabhängig Parallel

a group exhibition at ORi as part of MfG 2012 ( movement for galleries)

Opening: 27.10.12: 7pm – 2am // Exhibition : 28.10. – 25.11.12

Artists: Benjamin Althammer, Francheska La Franca, Maxie Heiner, Oliver Parzer, Aron Rauschhardt, Janina Schütz, Virpi Stjerna und Judith Wollenberger

A juxtaposition of individual perspectives on the world with eight photographic positions as varied as the faded gray of an old recording and yet connected by an invisible bond.