posted 15 Mar 2013
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For the past couple of years, Markus Soukup’s work has focused on methods of producing ‘portable’ artefacts, with specific reference to the moving image. Focussing primarily in video, 2D and some 3D animation, Markus has transformed his background of installation and sculptural practice into the digital production of virtual installations. The need to adapt to a more flexible mode of practice, where the ability to move without a lot of materials is an essential element has had a good deal of impact on this sense of portability.
Another influence includes portable computers that provide an independent transportable tool kit where results can be stored, posted and made viewable again using other alternatives, which could be interpreted as a ‘science fictional magic’.
Markus, fascinated by the ‘screen as a window opening ... the virtual space” searches for ways of incorporating new technologies to install or position ‘situations’ or ‘mental objects’ in both - real and virtual - spaces. Recent projects incorporate performative elements, looking at body motion and language, their structure and deconstruction, parts and time based investigations. This is often linked with sound design.
Markus can offer further skills in web design, providing internet or screen-based presentations for artists, arts organisations, architects and creatives.
Markus was the recipient of the 2011 Liverpool Art Prize.