Rink uses the techniques and conventions of computer design programmes to create installations with video tutorials that guide the viewer through virtual environments. Her works use voice-over on headphones to narrate the journey through the virtual scenes.
Almut Rink was born in Erfurt, Germany, and lives and works in Vienna where she also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Rink makes work in video, installation, drawing and photography. The artificiality of nature is presented in much of Rink’s practice. In her installations and videos, she approaches different virtual and physical spaces that alternate between satisfying the need for security and order, or for adventure and the wild. In exploring man-made experiences of those spaces Rink shows how the notion of landscape reflects our national, social and political identities. The latest works take the viewer on an imaginary journey through fictional landscapes drawing on the three-dimensional software used by landscape architects and designers. It thematises the notion of nature. By using software to create something which is understood as being ‘natural’, the work questions our most basic notions of nature, and highlights the paradoxes inherent in creating man-made landscapes. Her exhibitions include a.o.: gugler forum melk, Melk/Austria; zonen_prekär, Kunstwerke Berlin; Kunstverein das weisse haus, Vienna (2010); Da bao, Anni Art Space 798, Beijing (2010); Nature Nation, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem (2008); Foamywater, Austrian Cultural Forum, London (2008); Sector No Limits, Galerie 5020, Salzburg (2002); Es ist schwer, das Reale zu berühren, Kunstverein München and Kunstverein Graz (2006); Missing Elsewhere, Experimental Intermedia, Gent (2003); Is this city a distant planet?, Knoll Galerie, Budapest (2008); Contact Zone, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb (2008); Höhenluft, Christine König Galerie, Vienna (2004); Happy Valley, ACC Galerie, Weimar (2003); Rebound, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (2001). Current publications include gugler forum melk (ed.): Almut Rink. Regen in Ottawa/Rain in Ottawa (2011).