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Transition Member: Manuela Kagerbauer

Manuela Kagerbauer’s work is inspired by Macular Degeneration and optical illusions, realised through an immersive installation, a playful recreation of symptoms which results in the viewer becoming the participator.

Manuela Kagerbauer creates interactive installations working with metal, glass and mixed media. These are inspired by optical illusions, op art and symptoms of Macular Degeneration. 

Manuela Kagerbauer’s new work ‘Enter a new Dimension’ is an installation consisting of 32 glass tiles with copper inclusions. These are entirely made from recycled materials. The commercially sized subway tiles are aligned to create a mind blowing geometric pattern. 

Whilst exhibiting in London, Extinction Rebellion had their first big Demo. She felt that she also had to change her way of thinking and creating art. The carbon footprint of art glass is enormous, if she could use glass that is nearby she would create a more sustainable way of using glass.⁣

“Working with Greenhouse glass is challenging, compatibility…”

The past 5 months she has been working on this new installation. Setting herself the challenge to work with recycled glass and metal. ⁣ She got given a box of beautiful copper foil by Goodfellow to play with. Cutting it up into 5mm thin strips is a tedious task but necessary. Playing around with patterns and the copper strips reminded her of some tape art she has done in the past.⁣

She posted a wanted add on free cycle for greenhouse glass and limited her travel to a 5 miles radius. She wanted to use materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Many people replied and were happy that she would do a recycled glass project that otherwise would have ended up in landfill.⁣
Working with Greenhouse glass is challenging, compatibility and stability can be an issue. Cleaning the very dirty glass with rainwater she kept waste to a minimum. After uncountable unsuccessful firings in the kiln she finally had the beautiful colourations of copper she wanted. This was a major break through. . . . . .

Aligning the subway tiles and creating a geometrical repeat pattern seemed like the logical next step, creating in modules with glass makes the weight more distributed. And here it is! 

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