Things that Stay
Susanna Flock & Leonhard Müllner
commissioned by Festival of the Regions
Under the programme of festival of regions 2017, Susanna Flock and Leonhard Müllner utilised the online marketplace „willhaben.at“ to get a grasp of the town Marchtrenk in Upper Austria through its discarded items. Digital scans were made of the purchased objects.
Conserved in digital space, the things are no longer exposed to the process of decay.
At the same time, the information about the size and material of the objects becomes blurry, their functionality partly unreadable. Through the 3-D scanner they get their digitally simulated data double. Extracted from willhaben.at, the circulation of consumption is interrupted. At the end of the festival the original products became once again visible and were raffled in an event. Furthermore, the cultural anthropologist Robin Klengel was engaged to investigate the relationship of things to their owners, especially with a focus on willhaben.at and presented his study in a talk.