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Thomas Feuerstein

Born 1968 in Innsbruck (Austria),
lives and works in Vienna (Austria)

A researcher, artist and writer, Thomas Feuerstein is interested in the links between art and science. His projects, often developed over several years, take very varied forms. His ambitious installation Prometheus Delivered narrates – in a mixture of science-fiction, mythology, utopia and dystopia – a slow dissolution. A marble sculpture portraying the bound Prometheus is slowly decomposed by stone-eating bacteria. In parallel, human liver cells are fed with nutrients from the same bacteria in order to cultivate an artificial liver for Prometheus. Furthermore the liver cells are fermented and distilled to produce an alcohol beverage. The work becomes a transubstantiation machine, illustrating humans’ will to best their own mortality.

This project is presented further to a proposal by art theorist Jens Hauser.
It was produced in cooperation with Phileas – A Fund for Contemporary Art and legero united | con-tempus.eu.
With the support of Forum Culturel Autrichien
With the assistance of ATC Groupe

Oeuvre de Thomas Feuerstein
Thomas Feuerstein, Prometheus Delivered (detail), 2017 © Adagp, Paris, 2019