Evolution can be seen only through the transformation of chemical, biological and geological processes. The evolutionary adaptation of a plant to its environmental conditions or the conversion of the mineral composition of a rock by changing temperature and/or pressure are typical manifestations of evolution. Goethe defined metamorphosis by analysing the construction of a plant.
According to Goethe converting a basic shape, the rhythmical alternation of expansion and contraction, characterise a vibrant evolutionary event. In mythological terms, metamorphosis has been interpreted by almost all forms of culture in different ways. Its most prominent forms involved the transformation of a figure or a god, a mythical or human being into an animal or a plant. Metamorphosis into a bird was particularly common. The change could be temporary or permanent. A transformation may also include a sex change. The Metamorphoses (Latin title Metamorphoseon libri "Books of Changes") by the Roman poet Ovid was probably written between 1 or 3 AD and 8 AD. The Metamorphoses describe the origin and history of the world in terms of Roman and Greek mythology. It has become one of the most popular mythological works of all time, and was certainly the best known to medieval writers and poets. Thus, the work had an enormous influence on the literature of the Middle Ages as well as on the visual arts from the Middle Ages to the Baroque.
Ovid described the frequently encountered transformations in his myths where usually a human or lower god was transformed into a plant, animal or constellation of stars.
Symbolically, metamorphosis can be understood as the process of transformation of one's individuality. The search for one's own identity and thus the necessary ongoing transformation of one's ego is a typical form of expression in our modern society and poses the greatest challenge for everyone in light of increasingly rapid changes and the necessity for constant adjustments. Many contemporary artists are exploring these changes in different ways. Some focus on technological developments and their impact on humanity (Taisia Korotkova). Others create new life by transforming inorganic materials into organic life forms (Lionel Sabatté). Is transformation limited merely to processes of (in)organic change or can it perhaps go even further, into the transformation of the human soul (Natacha Ivanova)?
All these experiments illustrate how the artists approach their own experiences and their implementation into concrete works of art in the exhibition. In a similar way to KOSMOS SEVEN, where each artist implemented his/her work conceptually in the corresponding space inside Pörnbach Castle according to their interpretation of the cosmos, in METAMORPHOSES the castle's classical and baroque rooms and its agricultural storage spaces will be appropriated and devoted to the work of each individual artist.
by Natacha Ivanova