formalhaut is an art group founded by Gabriela Seifert and Götz Stöckmann 1986* in Germany. The group’s work is exhibited internationally.
Our art is an autonomous architecture. We examine the dichotomy of mass and void - analogous to the scientific enigma in the dual properties of light as particle and wave. We seek the beauty of matter and light at spatial borders and spatial rims, as in vessels.
Many years ago we showed livestock in transparent boxes on a Hess paddock — the cow project; we sculpted a large urban chess move — double knight game — against the backdrop of the Frankfurt skyline. At the moment formalhaut builds the Vessel of Peace on the 38parallel in South Korea.
In 1999 our living room project was launched. As time passes, it generates a built ensemble in the medieval town of Gelnhausen, where an osmotic architecture negates the usual distinctions between interior and exterior, public and private. The project unites art and architecture; the art created here is integral to the location but also autonomous.
As Thomas Kling’s poem states, “the house is the mouth cave“.
In 2007 we embarked on the project dimdiary, a photographic logbook recording man’s life in the natural and geometrical environment of the Australian continent. We see terra incognita as the rare presence of what may historically be the oldest human civilisation juxtaposed with its most recent manifestation. We choose nocturnal photography to express humility, while evoking the Universe. In the process, we propose a parallel imaging that approximates the subtle beauty of the earthly as it borders on the sublime.