Lukas Leonhard Troberg
Where are you from?
Your style in 3 words?
form fools function
Your weakness? Your strength?
I have a great weakness for the deconstruction of binary-only gender perspectives and a great strength in not taking myself seriously enough
What makes you different?
If an alien life form were to look down on Earth at this moment and observe humans, it would see a good 7.9 billion strange creatures, about 3 billion of which just staring blankly at a screen in front of their face.
I don’t know if one could ever speak of ‚difference‘ here…
Hey alien friend, if you can see me: I’m doing this for a good cause, I promise!
When did you decide to become an artist?
The moment I realized that ‚artist‘ is actually a profession and not an expletive.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
A few words about your favourite creation?
The Voyager orbiters. Even after years, I am still fascinated by the fact that almost 50 years ago a few people created machines that have now entered interstellar space (and whose battery, unlike that of my phone, has not yet run out).
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
The young generation that brought climate activism to the center of the global debate.
Besides that: Hazel Brugger, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Rachel Whiteread, Amanda Gorman
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
As an artist, I feel best when I work on my own because I am afraid of someone looking over my shoulder and discovering all my mistakes. But I would have loved to work with Stephen Hawking because I would have learned and understood so much more about the universe and astrophysics. Apart from that, I would like to spend a few years learning patience, diligence and precision from a Japanese toolmaker.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
Since the beginning of my artistic work, I have been preoccupied not only with the question of (my) identity, but also with the subject of time. Last year, with my kinetic sculpture ‚Angst‘, I took an important step for me in an interesting direction, which I would like to deepen even more with some new works and research new possibilities of exploring the concept of time.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
preserving a world that future generations will enjoy living in
2022: Where are we going?
Klopapier kaufen. Again.
When the going gets tough…
Lay down and cry for a week. That’s totally fine. Come back even stronger.
Or in other words: The thing that always helped me the most as an artist was to create a portfolio of my work. It’s insanely good to keep remembering past projects and realize that you’re on a path throughout your life that sometimes takes strange directions, but one that is always worth continuing.
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
Even if there is not much room for this at the moment, I still have the hope that we can all work together to create a world in which the well-being of all and responsibility towards nature and future generations is more important than the enrichment of individuals.
What would you do if you could change the World?
Dissolve all borders, both inside and outside our heads.
If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
My endless greed for cheese pizza and the creation of saw dust.
Tell us about your future plans…
Become super famous, make a lotta money, museum shows all over, being represented by Larry Gagosian,… normal career stuff.
Your city’s favourite spots?
Vienna: Kreisky Berlin: my studio window (❤ that view)
Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?
Grandbrothers – Ezra Was Right
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“
Counter question: When you climb over a wall, do you break in or out?