Essachai Vow

founded in 2015

Biography

Essachai Vow was founded in December 2015 by Christian Kosmas Mayer and Alexander Wolff as part of their joint exhibition & Cie at the Kunstforum Montafon.


Christian Kosmas Mayer

Born 1976 in Sigmaringen, Germany; lives in Vienna

1997–2000 Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbrücken

2000–2005 University of Applied Arts Vienna

2004 Glasgow School of Art


Alexander Wolff

Born 1976 in Osterburg, Germany; lives in Berlin

1996–2002 Städelschule Frankfurt am Main

1998 École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris

2000–2002 University of Applied Arts Vienna


Christian Kosmas Mayer and Alexander Wolf have been co-editors of an art journal since 2002 that changes the title every issue depending on the typeface used. Published thus far: Chicago, Times, Plotter, Helvetica, DIN, Techno, Löhfelm, RR_02, Univers, Tiffany, Circuit, Memphis, Gringo, Zeus, The Mix, Princess Lulu, Pigiarniq, Paper, Libertine, Trixie, Déjà Vu, Auto, Rediviva, Acid, Wanda, Loraine, Hallo, Korpus, Spiegel, Zeitschrift, Fig, Museo (www.theselection.net/zeitschrift).

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Christian Kosmas Mayer


Christian Kosmas Mayer’s cross-media and installation work is based on historical and contemporary research. This serves a critical re-evaluation of history and the present and questions conventional ways of perception by placing the evolutionary and the natural into a cultural-historic and scientific frame of reference. The central topics of his work are the examination of colonial and totalitarian history as well as issues of archiving and conserving as acts that are conscious of history. Mayer’s historical and cross-media approach corresponds to the interior-quality of his stagings in which images, objects and the space are intertwined and pull the viewer in with them.


Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff deals with appearances, possibilities and limits of painting as panel, mural, photograph, image in space or spatial image. His activities are not restricted by the limits of an image due to the size of a canvas nor to oil or acrylic paint. Textile, dirt, dust, various colored or printed fabric and light count among the materials he uses for creating his pictures. By combining various materials and differing formats, he plumbs the framework, edges, intermediary spaces and transitions of what painting can be. At the same time, he questions the conditions of production for this medium the same as the requirements for according the status of a picture to a work and also the concepts existing with respect to that.

Music

Music

While together at school Christian Kosmas Mayer and Alexander Wolff were already part of the Indie band My Dreams in Chaos (1992–1996), which found success in the southern region of Germany. In Vienna, they founded various band projects, including Vanity (with Gregor Mahnert, 2000–2002) and a band which changed its name every concert, inspired by Megafonics, (together with Catrin Bolt and Marlene Haring, 2001–2003). During their legendary concert at the Schwarze Café in Vienna in April 2003, where they played 30 one-minute songs, a large part of the interior was destroyed by the audience.

Christian Kosmas Mayer simultaneously played both bass and keyboard in the band Joy Religion (with Christian Egger, Martin Guttmann and Gregor Mahnert) from 2007 to 2012. Alexander Wolff has been part of the artists band BeAutiEs Of tHe nIgHT (with Christian Egger, Manuel Gorkiewicz and Markus Krottendorfer) since 2003.

As part of the opening performance of their joint exhibit & Cie at the Kunstforum Montafon in Schruns, Mayer and Wolff founded a new band in December 2015. Essachai Vow, the term for »hunger« in Anthony Burgess’ fictional Stone Age language for the movie Quest for Fire (by Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1981), was the inspiration for the name. Its primarily instrumental songs incorporate influences from jazz, dream pop, Krautrock and experimental music, creating an idiosyncratic, complex and atmospheric sound. Its debut album, Substance of We Feeling, was released as a vinyl LP by the Verlag für moderne Kunst in Vienna in 2017. The cover features a staged portrait photo of the two artists by the artist duo Clegg & Guttmann. The album was mixed by Alexander Paulick, bassist for the German band Band Kreidler.

Live in Concert

Live in Concert

Essachai Vow, Cover by Clegg & Guttmann, »Guitar Players«, 2016

Essachai Vow live at mumok, October 11, 2018