Martina Tritthart: Interview

Trained as an architect Martina Tritthart has a particular interest in visual perception and spatial experience. She finished her PHD in architecture on “Light Spaces – Spatial Models of Perception”.  As an artist she is using various materials and media focusing on light and space. Her installations want to trigger the imagination of the viewer, who are furthermore invited to become participants of the artwork. 


  1. How did you get the idea of working with light?


As an architect and visual artist, I was always concerned about how important light is for the visual appearance of space. Listening to Mischa Kuball had a great impact on me at University and  I also learned a lot about the use of light during my time working in theatres. When I started my research about light & space artists like James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Maria Nordman and Olafur Eliasson I got addicted to the idea of using light as a material to constitute space. Nan Hoover was especially inspiring to me after I became friends with her.


2. What’s the best feedback you ever got?

You are an artist!  


3. Why did you agree to come to tiny Hildesheim


I had been visiting Hildesheim for the first time a year ago and fell in love with the people and the great atmosphere here. Hildesheim is widely known for its beautiful churches. So I came back twice since then, although this is quite a long way to travel from Vienna …


4 . What do you understand from “public”? What does it mean to you working in “public”?


To work in public requires to include the spectators and the environment. I want to trigger the imagination of the viewer to look at something familiar differently. My work intends to invite visitors to take more time to perceive their environment as a field of aesthetic potentials.


5. How did you deal with light/seeing/… as an experience?

To quote Paul Valéry: “To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.” This means that by experiencing light-based artwork one faces a possible transformation, one may learn how to perceive differently.


6. Describe your perfect working atmosphere

I enjoy different states of working atmospheres. In the conceptual phase I prefer to be alone, and then I like to discuss my ideas with friends. I am happy to experiment alone and in collaboration with friends. For the final construction, I rely on a few smart and manually talented people.



7    Maybe not serious enough but: if you had to compare yourself / your work as an artist with an animal which one would be the most similar in its character? Or better: which light source would it be?



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