Latest Shape collaboration: Winner of the 2008 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

Artist Statement: Noëmi Lakmaier's work explores notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political. The individual's relationship to its surroundings, identity, and perception of self and other in contemporary society are core interests in her predominantly site-responsive, live and installation-based practice.

Lakmaier's work aims to emphasise and exaggerate the relationship between object, individual and space. Through the use of everyday materials as well as her own body and the bodies of others, she constructs temporary living installations - alternative physical realities - exploring the psychological implications of power, control and insecurity, the drive to belong and succeed as well as feelings of self-doubt and otherness.

Lakmaier is interested in the presence of the viewer as voyeur and how this presence can act as the catalyst that galvanizes an event and creates a tension and a divide between ‘Them’ – the passive observer - and the ‘Other’ – the objects of their gaze.

‘We are for you because we are against them’, Performative installation (2009)

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Banner image: 'Experiment in Happiness'; a site responsive installation made from yellow shoes (2008). A person lies on the floor with their feet up in the air wearing yellow shoes. The entire surface is covered in yellow shoes.