experimental Film installation

Muzak & Riha

In cooperation with blind people the artist duo Muzak & Riha realized a touch-film.
Over 100 images were modeled solemnly by blind participants.
In order for them to work autonomously, self-determined and reflexive within their image-production, Muzak & Riha developed a special procedure of creating printing blocks.
The participants modeled their images associatively to a priorly edited film soundscape. Later on those images were animated at the moments in time for which they were made for.
The story told is of a group of displaced people on the run. They can´t see for they have to hide.
The Film forms the center-piece of the installation. Around this inverted cinematic apparatus the key film-images are presented and can be felt and touched.
Muzak & Riha work participative. In a lively process between artists, interested public and audience, they attempt to find new strategies, forms and means in production, expression and presentation of contemporary art.

duration 20 minutes
with images by: Claus Meier, Dirk Hülsey, Hermine Böhmer, Maria Thünemann, Mario Metzl, Monika Mayrhofer
with voices of: Christina Koller, Edwin Ore, Helene Koller, Jakob Dibold, Johannes Doppler, Kolon Kos, Theresia Krivohlavy


The Film (Stills / Prints)

The Film (Excerpt)

The Project :: Work in Progress

Exhibition Katalog

Text: Dr. phil. Tom Waibel, Ich sehe nichts, wenn du nichts siehst (deutsch/english)

Text: Jan-Christoph Tonigs, Seen UnseenScene (deutsch/english)

Newspaper Article & Press

Trailer Exhibition Rijksmuseum



Different stages of the Project were exhibited at various sites:

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Karoline Riha Muzak & Riha Off Space Bahnhof RheineFriedenspreis2020MuzakRiha_SeenUnseenSceneKasette

400 prints, 10 000 single animated film frames, 1571m of packing tape, 750 cardboard boxes, 2 x 400 nails in 2 x 100 styrofoamboards later...


Seen Unseen Scene / Muzak & Riha / A, DE / experimental film-installation / HD / 26:00 (excerpt)


"Bodies and Objects are within space and diegesis within time" proclaimed Lessing in his essay on art-theory about 250 years ago. The media investigations of Muzak & Riha point beyond such cemented knowledge. The artist duo works at the intersection of Film and Fine Art and uses media in such a way, that the logic of bodies in space and diegesis in time loses its implicitness. (Tom Waibel)

"Die Körper sind im Raume und die Handlungen in der Zeit", proklamierte Lessing vor 250 Jahren in seinen Überlegungen zur Kunsttheorie. Die medialen Untersuchungen von Muzak & Riha weisen über diese verfestigte Erkenntnis hinaus. Das KünstlerIn-nen-Duo arbeitet an den Schnittfächen von Film und bildender Kunst, und bringt die Medien solcherart zum Einsatz, dass die Logik der Körper im Raum und der Handlungen in der Zeit ihre Selbstverständlichkeit verliert. (Tom Waibel)

Seen Unseen Scene is an inter-medial project by Muzak & Riha.
A "Touch-Print-Film" was realized in collaboration with blind people in Austria and Germany.
In form of an experimental set up, the images made by blind and visually impaired can be viewed by hand and eye.
A clay printing techniques was developed in order to enable the participants to haptical referentiate the images at each stage of the production process.
In the exhibition set-up cinematic formal components of image, time and diegesis are connected in such a way that film sound is audible and images become visible and haptical traceable.
The recipient is invited to discover a new timing whilst viewing and touching the images, hence to construct his own film within his imagination.
Juxtaposing this experimental set-up, is the cinema-space showing the pictures at such moments in time, where they were initially intended to by the projects participants.

In their artistic practice Muzak & Riha work apart the secure areas of Film and Print. In direct and close collaboration with layman the media is dismantled, used and reconnected to open up an alternative perspective.



Muzak & Riha Katalog Seens Unseen Scene

Muzak & Riha

Catalogue 2018

Herausgeber: Jan-Christoph Tonigs
Publisher: Verlag Edition Kloster Bentlage,
Authors: Jan-Christoph Tonigs, Dr.phil.Prof. Philipp Maurer, Dr. Tom Waibel
containing an original hand-printed graphic, including excerpts of the script
ISBN 978-3-939812-54-8


credits photographs:
Rijksmuseum Twenthe,Theresia Krivohlavy, Muzak & Riha, Gerrit Musekamp, Kloster Bentlage, Jan-Christoph Tonigs


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