Art in natureDoors in the Landscape
An interview with the artistDaniel Nikolaus Kocher
In short, what can we look forward to?
It is an exhibition along the Green Ring route, where nine artists from five different countries designed a door and placed their doors at different points along the hiking route, more than 2000 metres above sea level.
How did this idea come to you, and what does it involve from a conceptual point of view?
I've been working with this theme for several years now, and I installed my first door on the Green Ring back in 2014. It is, so to speak, the entry portal to the Green Puzzle Ring for children. When I saw the door torn out of its conventional context and placed in the landscape, I sensed that this door still had a great deal of potential within it. But I actually first noted down this idea back in 2006. There is a garden gate in front of my brother's house. It has been there from when the house was built to the present day, and is secured with a small lock on the property boundary, even though it has no fence on either side. For almost ten years now, the postman, neighbours, family and even dogs have gone round the gate on either the left or right, depending on which side they happen to be coming from. I've always found it both fascinating and funny. The garden gate has been completely deprived of its function and has inspired me again and again to jot down my thoughts.
In what form does the potential that you talk about express itself?
The door is already interesting to me purely as an object, and as a component in its function. By virtue of its limiting character, it is a very good instrument for polarising themes, and you can associate it with almost every emotional situation.
By emotion, do you mean an open door, for example?
It's just that a door can signal very many things. It can suggest comfort and protection as well as a welcome openness, but can equally represent an insurmountable obstacle. Of course, the space behind and in front of a door, by which its magical boundary is defined, is also interesting. Something happens when you go through a door, as you always leave one space and simultaneously enter a new one. Therefore, for me, it also has four sides, as you can enter and leave both spaces from each side, and this entering and leaving always takes place in fractions of a second. So it's more a transcendent twitch than a conscious moment.
What was the idea behind the nine artists?
That's what I liked most about this project. The artists and designers from different countries and cultural circles were working with this theme in their studios. It was entirely up to them what they did with the initial product (a white door). Many new facets and concepts were generated, including ways of interacting with the doors on location.
Alpen Sport Resort Rote WandDoor Andreas Koop
Hotel AustriaDoor Christian Piffrader
BurghotelDoor Daniela Egger
Hotel Der BerghofDoor Daniel Kocher
Rüfikopf AGDoor Gottfried Bechtold
Hotel AuroraDoor Hrachya Vardanyan
Romantikhotel Die KroneDoor Patrick Kaufmann
Hotel ArlbergDoor Reinhold Neururer
Raiffeisenbank Lech am ArlbergDoor Lech Youth
The art project "The Door" visualises virtual boundaries in the landscape. Along the Green Ring route, nine artists will design individual interactions with the object in nature.