Jochen Höller is born 1977 in Amstetten, Lower Austria; He studied sculpture in Linz (1996-2001) and lives and works in Vienna; 2011 he received the Walter Koschatzky Prize and 2016 the Strabag Art Award International; numerous international exhibitions, among others: at Kallmann Museum Munich, Landesgalerie NÖ, HDLU Zagreb, Art-Museum Osijek, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Museum of Labour Hamburg, Dommuseum Mainz, Schlossmuseum Linz, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Boghossian Foundation Brussels, Austrian Cultural Forum London, Künstlerhaus Saarbrücken, Vasarelly Museum Budapest.
Object (Text Machine) / Wood, Paper, Metal / 195 x 245 x 100 cm / 2012
The monumental sculpture “Wittgenstein-Generator” is based on the book “Tractatus logico-philosophicus” by L. Wittgenstein. Based on his idea of defining a precise language that cannot be misunderstood, the artist Jochen Höller divided the entire book into the linguistic parts and then put them together again into a Text-Machine. With this system the entire content of the book can be reconstructed. Höller deals with the transformation from book to sculpture, which becomes a tool for him, so to speak, uses Wittgenstein’s words and thereby creates new content.
Or to put it in Wittgenstein’s words: “What can be said at all, can be said clearly; and what cannot be said must be kept silent about.”
Texts are my basis, books are my material – their contents create an idea of the world – but a changed look at them allows us to understand them differently – the world is, so to speak, a series of relative truths – or is it never so as it appears to us?
Jochen Höller „Wittgenstein – Generator“, 2012; Courtesy Jochen Höller; Photo: © Lea Titz, Bildrecht 2022
Jochen Höller „Wittgenstein – Generator“ (Detail), 2012; Courtesy Jochen Höller; Photo: © Lea Titz, Bildrecht 2022