Thomas Albdorf‘s main interest focuses on photography and sculpture – in particular, the intersection area between both practices.
Thomas is exploring their shifting perceptions, the contemporary status quo of the photographic image and the decontextualization caused by internet distribution, whereas the internet functions as an important medium to distribute and communicate his work. He conceives photography not as the single act of releasing the shutter, but as a chain of decisions that ranges from the object’s or subject’s staging to processing and a probably final print. Thomas Albdorf was born in Linz, Upper Austria in 1982. After working for several years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director, he studied Transmediale Kunst at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2013.
Looking at Austria and how it is constructed and constituted within a common image space, the concept of mountains, of an alpine landscape that functions as a surface for multiple projections is prevalent; be it within the classic 1960s Heimatfilm, advertising, or political propaganda.
I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before project aims towards reconstructing and abstracting this mountainous visual space via various methods of image production, ranging from appropriated scanned material, digitally altered photographic images, studio settings etc., whilst also discussing the images’ productional circumstances. The works depart from their indexical referents, creating possibilities to become different images. One mountain can signify a different mountain, clouds can be petrified, water can become dust.