Wordhole by Franz Ehmann
Franz Ehmann's work contains a philosophical and conceptual link that can be sustained through existential and ontological inquiries. Prepared food and its waste have dominated the theatrical language of his installation/performance/video works that hold symbolic and metaphorical significance. The focus and intention of these materials are their existential and phenomenological functions. Being in this world means to embody this world. The world is ingested, digested and wasted. A worldly theatre therefore embodies alienation and conciliation and is ultimately humanistic.
Born in Graz, Austria, Franz Ehmann migrated to Australia in 1986, arriving in Adelaide. He received a BA in Fine Art from the NT University in Darwin (Charles Darwin University) in 1991. Ehmann has lectured at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and Queensland College of Art. He now lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Ehmann has exhibited throughout Australia and Europe in institutions, artist-run initiatives and commercial galleries. From 1996 - 1995 Ehmann opened and directed Soapbox Gallery in Brisbane. Publications include Speaking the World into Existence (2005) which showed an exploration into Ehmanns performance works, Soapbox: Installation Practices and Artists (1999) and The Blue Room of Humanity (1997), published by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.