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©Eva Funk, certain creatures, performance documentation, 2017, Photographer Céline Struger

©Eva Funk, certain creatures, performance documentation, 2017, Photographer Céline Struger

“No matter where we are going we need to stay close to each other.”

Name

Eva Funk

Profession

artist

Website

evafunk.net

Eva Funk © Stefanie Kulisch

Eva Funk © Stefanie Kulisch

Who are you? What do you do?

In my recent practice I work with physical bodies (of people and objects), as well as writing. I have self-published (collectively) artist writings under rotato press, and I am interested in the book as an alternative to the exhibition. In the band BIG HIT I play the egg shaker and keyboard. At the moment I am extensively occupied with the topics and gestures of relaxation and enjoyment.

Where are you from?

From southern Austria, next to the corn fields and a microchip factory.

Your style in 3 words?

heart, head, hands

©Eva Funk, Bananenschale Bajella (Kingsize Amigo), 2018, Photographer Eva Funk

©Eva Funk, Bananenschale Bajella (Kingsize Amigo), 2018, Photographer Eva Funk

Your weakness? Your strength?

I am a chameleon.

What makes you different?

my words, my actions

When did you decide to become an artist and musician?

I was not aware that art is something people are able to just do. I thought art is what I have seen once or twice in a museum and the printed images you find when you buy frames at the furnishing house. I thought being an artist is something which gets decided for you not by me. It took me a secret blog and some online forums, support by my friends, courage, naivety and so much darn luck to decide to try it. It was probably a Sunday. It took me even more Sundays to wrap the word artist around my body to be able to wear it properly.

©Eva Funk, Dreammaker Heartbreaker, 2018, Photographer Eva Funk

©Eva Funk, Dreammaker Heartbreaker, 2018, Photographer Eva Funk

What do you find most fascinating about your work?

In doubt for the doubt

A few words about your favourite creation?

More an accompaniment: After I finished to install my work, I go through the space and de-arrange and hide things. I put play dough in holes, hide marshmallows and popcorn, relocate or steal little things. It is very exciting for me to do this as secretly as possible.

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Some of the many: Anne Carson, Agnès Varda, The Moomins

Who would you like to work with someday and why?

When it clicks it clicks

©Eva Funk, Gernot 3000, 2017, Photographer Joachim Krenn

©Eva Funk, Gernot 3000, 2017, Photographer Joachim Krenn

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

Waiting and idleness is just as important to me as active engagement and thus a valuable tactic of passive resistance. I work on flexible spaces which give room for rather unshaped emotions, yearnings and desires. One of my recurring motifs is the “open tent”. Here I choose material that is light and has a nomadic character. The tent is a temporary home, a bed and a place of retreat. The horizontal lifestyle of the tent does not allow us to search in the nature of things, but for the ‘landscape’ in our heads. Because you only see landscape when you no longer work in it.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

solidarity and resistance

2019: Where are we going?

No matter where we are going we need to stay close to each other.

©Eva Funk, Werner, 2015, Photographer Eva Funk

©Eva Funk, Werner, 2015, Photographer Eva Funk

When the going gets tough…

stop carrying

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?

I am reading Donna Haraway again and again and repeat: make kin, not babies.

What would you do if you could change the World?

Make people work less

If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?

Into a loop.

©Eva Funk, certain creatures, exhibition view, 2017, Photographer Eva Funk

©Eva Funk, certain creatures, exhibition view, 2017, Photographer Eva Funk

Tell us about your future plans…

I am super excited that my band BIG HIT releases its first album in December. For the upcoming concerts we are working on a special cover version of the german Lady Oscar theme song and I can’t wait to play it live.

Your city’s favourite spots?

My bed

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

Cat Power – Metal Heart

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“

potato

Your #…?

#evafunk

#rotatopress

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