Michael Heindl was born in Linz in 1988, lives and works in Vienna and Scharten (Upper Austria). Heindl is primarily concerned with the possibilities of art in public space. His works are often based on everyday things and phenomena, which he transforms into subtle conceptual art. 2007 – 2014 Studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, 2011 Erasmus residency at NCAD in Dublin / Austrian Short Film Award (Jury Prize, VIS Vienna) 2021, winner of the LENTOS Art Award 2016, Lichtenberg Studios Berlin (Residency) 2015, winner of the Young Art Award (Kunstverein Passau) 2014, studio program Das Weisse Haus 2013, winner of the Fred Adlmüller Scholarship Foundation 2011, scholarship for the International Summer Academy Salzburg 2009. National and international exhibition activity and project realizations since 2007.
Video 03:50 / 2022
A vest stolen from an airplane and the accompanying sheet with safety instructions in the event of an emergency landing are examined and processed in the film for their possible uses. The result of the plot creates a theory proposal in dealing with crises, the content of which, however, has yet to be found.
Does the life jacket under the airplane seat really have a practical use when a plane crashes into the sea from an altitude of 14,000 meters? Or is its purpose here more symbolic, serving to suggest control and safety, although in reality one would be relatively helpless in the event of an emergency? Would the subjective feeling of safety be the same without a vest under the seat?
The work “Air Crises” is an attempt to think further about the phenomenon of the life jacket in its symbolic meaning.
In the film a vest stolen from an airplane and the accompanying sheet with safety instructions in case of an emergency landing, are examined and edited for their possible uses. These materials are disassembled and reassembled, based on the form of Reclam books. A cuboid folded from the safety sheet serves as the hollow core of the object. This is covered with the signal yellow fabric of the vest. The instructions for use and pictograms printed on it serve as material for anagrams, from which the title of the book object is derived.
The original and questioned offer of the life jackets, namely to provide safety although this can by no means be guaranteed, is to be led ad absurdum by the book objects. The hollowness of a promise finds its translation in a hollow form. The book titles are promising, but the supposed books are without content.
If one thinks of the measures taken in the face of the major crises of our time, one could draw parallels with the phenomenon of the life jacket. Despite the knowledge that things are out of control, the groundless assertion that everything is under control seems to satisfy the general sense of security.