Natalia Gurova is an artist born in Belarus, raised in Russia and based in Vienna. She did a journalism degree in Moscow and worked for different media including newspapers, radio, online and TV. Her artwork at the moment focuses on the current flow of events and information but is not directly autobiographical. The artist plays with themes and contexts and often invites the viewer to become part of her work thus changing the very subject, context or meaning of her work.

  • 2018 — n/a Academy of fine Arts, Vienna, Object Sculpture, professor Julian Goethe
  • 2014 — n/a University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Site-specific Art, professor Paul Petritsch
  • 2003 — 2009 MA-equivalent in Journalism, Moscow State University

  • Birth and Decay, Aquarium, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
  • Without form, without subject, without face, Kaeschmaesch, Ennsgasse 20, Vienna
  • Rundgang 2019, Academy of Fine Arts, Kurzbauergasse 9, Vienna
  • How about a Ménage à trois ? Visuality, installation, Studio H is the Shit, Munich
  • The Essence, Annual exhibition of students from University of Applied Arts of Vienna, VZA3, Vienna
  • Alles OK, video installation, sculpture and silkscreen, Paulusplatz 5, Vienna
  • Repetition is a form of change, spatial installation, Paulusplatz 5, Vienna
  • Studio Frankenstein, Kunstradio, FM4, Vienna, Austria
  • "Clitical Talk", "The seesaw", sculpture, Improper Walls, gallery, Vienna

  • Dome entered the house, display for the Round Table "Propulsion: On Changing Futures", Paulusplatz 5, Site-specific Art department at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna
  • Essence 2016, "Stille Post", sound installation, Alte Post, Vienna
  • J' A R R I V E, "I'm a mushroom too", sculptures, Kunstraum SUPER, Vienna

  • "Pflanzenspaziergang – Flower's walk", performance, drawings, Palme 13, Vienna
  • "Zoning", performance, Fluc, Vienna

Sculpture, installation, 2019

Mixed media, 60*140 cm

Photosynthesis is the most uncomplicated process of energy transformation and an example of light-dependent reactions. The life of a flower is a cycle of consuming, transforming, growing and dying.

The project involves modelling an existing form, inspired by the cycle of birth and decay, resulting in an object with an ambiguous origin. An aim was to render organic form through an urban-utopian prism and to investigate the mutation of natural and machine-like form.

The flowers of evil is a book by Charles Baudelaire. It includes notions like Spleen, decadence, the term of beauty, the motif of disgrace and decay. For Baudelaire, it becomes a kind of gestural language, a poetic medium. The notion of grace for him is neither presentation nor representation, but something like an artificial alternative to birth.
Baudelaire says nature is a system of perpetual analogies in which one thing always corresponds to another — physical objects to each other (colonnades in a temple, for example, to trees in the forest).

The cycle of decay:
Flowers do not age honestly like leaves, which lose nothing of their beauty, even after they have died. (G. Bataille, Visions of Excess). Flowers wither, and they die on stems that seemed to carry them to the clouds.

Photo credits: Maria Sizikova
Шорох и шум / Rustle and noise
Silkscreen, 2018

Silkscreen 70*200 cm


Шорох и шум / Rustle and noise
Installation, 2018

Wooden frame, digital print
Frame 60*50 cm, digital print 70*200 cm

ШIn one second, 100 thousand chemical reactions occur in the human brain, 63 thousand search queries are processed by Google, 55 000 likes are clicked on in Facebook, 20 million people get distracted by incoming messages, орохlightning hits the ground 100 times, 9000 computer power adapter failures occur every second.

Facts create an image. иFacts are to be defined and recorded. But when to do it exactly – when they are happening or have already happened? It is difficult to grasp what preceded the emergence of facts. Howшумmany neural reactions should must occur in order to write one e-mail or do a Google search?

This work is about rustle and noise. Хорошшуметь How do they differ?
Noise is ubiquitous and uncontrollable. There is also rustle. It always penetrates where it is needed. Noise and rustle are not in шорохорошумopposition to each other, rather a union or separation. This is a work about noise and rustle. Rustle is a dull sound. It is friction resulting from a gentle contact with the surfaceишшшш.

Linocuts, etching, silkscreens

Your turn
Installation, 2018

Silkscreen print and metal stick,
A3, 160 cm

The print shows words and phrases we normally say to each other when we are upset, irritated, when our feelings are hurt or when we want to shift responsibility on someone else. The positioning of the words resembles a board game in which one can go from one square to another. However, the game has neither the beginning nor end, there is not happy resolution but is a left with the feeling of the absurd.

Repetition is a form of change
Spatial installation, 15 pieces, from 20 to 40 cm, plaster, cardboard, 2018

Each sculpture consists of two parts: a cardboard box and a white plaster cast. The cast is of the cardboard box and represents emptiness, the void locked in a geometric form.

Project Studio Frankenstein
Studio Frankenstein

Radio performance, 2018

von Studierenden der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien: Rosie Benn, Jasjote Grewal, Lukas Gritzner, Natalia Gurova, Daniel Hüttler, Ekaterina Kostova, Monica LoCascio, Eirik Melstrøm, Benjamin Nelson, Pia Plankensteiner, Irene Reichart, Raphael Reichl, Andrea Resner, CarMiña Tarilonte Ro.

Konzept und Produktion im Rahmen der Lehrveranstaltung von Ralo Mayer an der Abteilung Ortsbezogene Kunst.

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Photo credits: Andrea Resner

The Seesaw / Die Wippe
Sculpture, 3 m*50 cm, wood, metal, color, 2017

How to use:

  1. Sit alone, sit together, sit a group
  2. Use swings for measuring narcissism
  3. Imagine childhood and think of the uncanny
  4. Forget about the playground
  5. Set up swings in front of your house, on the square, at the bus stop, near the Parliament building, at a party
  6. Use them as a tool for co-dependence fun
  7. Try to reach the highest point and speed
  8. Think about Dr Frankenstein and his creation
  9. Try to embrace the now
  10. Try again

Ortsbezogene Kunst
Video HD, 1.50 min.
For the Ästhetik der Veränderung – 150 Jahre Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), 2017

Video was made for Site-Specific Art department at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna

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Together with: Anastassiya Kurinova

Circuit Game
Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, 2017
Sculpture and board game at the same time

135*85 mdf table, 2 m metal hanger, 3 helmets, micro computers, objects given by scientists, LHC map, loudspeakers. Coding and cabling: Anastassyia Kurinova

This project grew out of a student trip to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. During the visit, the students conversed with scientists, visited various parts of CERN, explored the workshops where parts for measuring instruments are made. They also descended below the ground to see the world's largest computer – a huge machine created to help discover the small particles that the Universe consist of. The work that stemmed from this trip is an interactive board game, assembled from objects donated by CERN scientists as well as found at CERN, symbolically and practically connected with the scientists' lives. The playing field is a scheme of the Collider. Game zones represent life sphere's of an average scientist who is trying to find a solution to the origin of life, and also is dreaming about receiving the Nobel Prize. To create this work, the artist conducted several interviews with various CERN scientists. Each part of the playing field contains a button on which one can click and listen to an excerpt from these interviews. Scientists talk not only about particle physics, but also about the ups and downs of their career, personal life, fears and hopes.

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Photo credits: Peter Kainz, Natalia Gurova

Seize or Invoke
Spatial installation, Paulusplatz 5, Ortsbezogene Kunst department, University of Applied Arts, Vienna. 2017
Red walls, set of light, newspaper collage, bench.

This work is the result of a reflection about the eerie, undetected gaze and the hidden. The work began with a series of black and white analogue shots Vienna streetscapes, which often seem deserted, uninviting and hiding something. Many places and areas in Vienna look very calm and respectable, although it is likely that many of them witnessed acts of crime and violence. In almost every residential area, something of the sort has happened as some point, possibly in every home. Banal crimes motivated by jealousy or alcohol addiction.

The artist wanted to reconstruct and re-imagine the fact of a crime that happened next to the gallery where the work was exhibited. The crime was reported by the tabloid Heute. The artist altered the typical page of this newspaper so that the viewer could draw a parallel between the crime scene and the exhibition site. To create the right atmosphere, the artist stole a bench from the street where the crime occurred, and transferred it to the gallery. The bench was deliberately damaged slightly - only by going around it one could notice the cuts. Although the bench was still usable however the intuitive desire to sit on it was lessened. The same bench is shown on the front of page of Heute.

The installation aims to confuse and makes you want to solve a riddle or become part of this puzzle. You can solve it only by comparing, matching and mentally copying the elements of the installation.

Dome entered the house
Presentation of the conference "Propulsion on changing Futures" setting built by students, 2016.

Together with Ralo Mayer, Benedikt Meixl, Nicolaus Fuchs, Roland Plachy, Mina Tarilonte.

Cardboard rolls, cable connectors, fabric.

I'm a mushroom too
Video HD, 12 min, preserved artist's conk mushroom, a-crystall copy from artist's conk mushroom 33*21 cm.

Video is the result of a 2-year communication with a mycologist Gerhard Koller, who has studied mushrooms for more than 20 years. The camera follows Koller and the artist on their walk in the forest in Burgenland (Austria). The scientists point to different types of mushrooms and talks about theirs features and characteristics . An Artist Conk mushroom (Ganoderma applanatum) was also found during one of the excursions with Gerhard. The artist preserved the mushroom, and later created a gypsum copy from it. Subsequently she took it to another 'mushroom' walk. In the video both versions of the mushroom are present – the real one and its copy.

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Password: slat

Performance, drawings and presentation in cooperation with Sabine Fessler.
Schwendermarkt, 2015.

The artists wanted to connect two points on a city map: a small cafe Palme 13 and the people who live in the 15th district of Vienna. To do this, they made a cart and ventured out to get acquainted with their neighbours. The artists called at random apartments and asked residents to borrow pot flowers for several hours in order to walk around the area with them, bring them to a cafe and make sketches of the plants. Also, the artists made a small questionnaire for the residents of the area, which helped to understand the history of relations between people and their pot plants. What is the name of the flower? How old is it? How did it end up in the house? For two months, the artist sketched several dozen pot plants. Finally they held a presentation of the project in the cafe Palme 13, which was attended by local residents and those who had lent their flowers.

Performance, Prater, Kaiser-Wiese, 2015.

The artist had a 70-meter rope which she used as a performance tool. She walked through a park with the rope and wrapped objects in her way with it. Passers-by also joined in the performance and contributed to the artwork.

HMS Bounty
Postcards for market place, poster.
In cooperation with Katharina Koerner, Christina Gruber, 2015.

Market kiosk "Palme 13" at Schwendermarkt, Vienna ran by students for one week.

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