The Peter-und-Luise-Hager Prize was announced for the fourth time at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (Saar Academy of Fine Arts – HBKsaar) in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2015. The purpose of this competition is to honour students for outstanding work and concepts dealing with the sensual experience and communication of technical, social and cultural processes. The competition gave students the freedom to choose how they wanted to translate the theme of "Spannung" (a German word meaning voltage and tension) into a work of art.
"hamáka" by Marion Cziba
The winner of the 2015 Peter-und-Luise-Hager prize has been studying fine art at HBKSaar in Saarbrücken, Germany, since 2012. The "hamáka" light installation submitted by the student consists of two suspended grid structures conceived of as an illuminated spatial drawing: she has used glowing electroluminescent cables to depict the blue and white illuminated objects in the exhibition space.
"My real artistic interest is in the lines of a shape. When examining them, I question the phenomena of the origins of material, light and form. How are lines manifested? Where do I come across them in my everyday life? In what kinds of unexpected ways do they appear?
As an artist, I use various media to create my pieces – but without ever resorting to the use of a pen or a paintbrush. That said, I still consider myself a graphic artist. I give thought to what drawing means to me personally and express this using other ways and means. I used an illuminated cable – a line – to create my "hamáka" light installation for the 2015 Peter-und-Luise-Hager competition based on the theme of voltage and tension. The title of the piece is derived from the original word for "hammock".
The "hamáka" concept reflects the theme on various levels. On the one hand, it represents the socio-cultural tension between the original inhabitants and the conquerors of the New World. It was indeed Christopher Columbus who introduced the hammock to Europe. On the other hand, light is used to express electrical voltage in the form of the diffuse, mysterious glow emitted by the electroluminescent cable. Mechanical tension is created when we tighten or pull something. In order to use a hammock, we have to tie it between two poles and tighten it to keep it in place.
But despite the tension it requires, a hammock is associated with the pleasant feeling of relaxation. A sensually stimulating life (or experience) is dependent on this interplay of tension and relaxation."