Venetian_Scans a project started in 2011 and now it achieved international success, the American magazine Smithsonian Journeys writes about it in the issue coming out these days. It is a work by Austrian artist Kurt Hörbst (Austria 1972), who was presented for the Art Residency at Fondazione Claudio Buziol in Venice, one of the special prizes at the fifth edition of the Prize (2010/2011) and supported by the Paduan company Il Granaio delle Idee. The project was the winner of the Residency, and it allowed the artist to spend a month in Venice for the implementation of Venetian_Scans, an innovative project for a human "mapping" of the city. The artist, through a casting, looked for the most representative subjects of the Venetian world, in their working outfit - gondoliers, ladies wearing old dresses of the Serenissima, vendors at the fish and fruit market, museum directors - people who posed on a special platform, the people scanner, which allows the photographic scanning of people's bodies. The final image is the result of a composite of about 20 shots, digitally processed and providing a life-size and realistic portrait of the photographed subject. In this perspective Hoerbst has revolutionized the classical concept of portrait, leaving aside the mere aesthetic observation.
People_Scans, the name of the artist's overall project, is continuing to move from town to town and so far has already touched Clervaux (Luxembourg), Wachau (Austria), Vienna, Darmstadt (Germany), Beijing, Moosburg (Carinthia), Ückendorf (Germany).
Pages 66-71 Smithsonian Journeys Winter 2015
Website Kurt Hörbst http://people-scans.com/