PCFS - Post Colonial Flagship Store
New opening at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
Pre-Opening (Press): Tue, Sep 30, 11:00
Opening: Thu, Oct 02, 19:00
Closing ceremony with a concert performance by LA VIE AN BÔ: Sat, Nov 22, 20:30
Venue: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
Photos of the Opening night
The “Post Colonial Flagship Store (PCFS)” exhibition project (concept: Sven Kalden and Georg Klein) showcases artworks camouflaged as consumer goods, and engages with a new, surreptitious form of colonialism. The Flagship Store is what the colonial store was a hundred years ago, offering a “cleaner” consumer world today, albeit one all too frequently based on the exploitation of low-wage countries.
European and international artists reference the colonial background of their respective countries and its impact on contemporary life. Dependence, opportunities, hopes, and issues of identity are addressed, as are global investment strategies and the migration of labour.
The works by the artists from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America are presented as “commercial products” or as “service agencies” in a shopping mall, the modern manifestation of the general store.
For example, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy (SEN) is opening an African bank that supplies the AFRO as a counterpart to the EURO. Erik Paurhizi (INA) and Weismann+Klein (SUI/GER) engage with the colonial tradition of exploiting raw materials in Indonesia and make them “palatable” to Western customers in an innovative way. Israel Martinez (MEX) presents the soundtrack to the “Mexican Drug War”, engaging with the drug trade as a subject, its violent impact in Mexico and its business involvements with the USA.
The giant clothes of Lamyne Mohamads (CMR/FRA), which are made to Chinese patterns but with African fabrics, comment on the current massive Chinese invasion of the African continent. In turn, Mario Asef (ARG) describes present-day colonization by means of the “Argentine ant”, which has already reached the shores of the Mediterranean using strategies similar to the Spanish colonizers of olden times and has now conquered the whole of Europe. Also engaging with the Europeans is the Ghanaian agency of Gudrun Widlok (GER/GHA), which arranges the sponsorship of old, lonely Europeans by an extended African family. The project is now being expanded with young, European volunteers, who are more likely to find help in Africa than to be helpful there themselves.
The “exponents” reflect the subject of economic neo-colonialism in both content and their form of presentation. By deliberately playing with the character of commercial goods, visitors are enticed by forms of modern colonialism. Global brands often have their showrooms designed like art exhibitions — this exhibition reverses the trend and allows the artists’ works to appear in an entirely branded consumer world: the “PCFS Flagship Store”.
The exhibition is accompanied by a program of film screenings, workshops for children and young adults etc.
Exhibition concept: Georg Klein and Sven Kalden
Curatorial collaboration: Bernhard Draz and Joachim Seinfeld
Mario Asef (ARG)*, Nasrin Abu Baker (ISR/PSE)*, Bernhard Draz (GER)*, La Vie en Bô / Agnès Guipont (FRA)*, Sven Kalden (GER)*, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy (SEN)*, Georg Klein (GER)*, Ingeborg Lockemann (GER)*, Ernst Logar (AUT), Israel Martinez (MEX)*, Lamyne Mohamad (CMR/FRA)*, Erik Pauhrizi (INA)*, Joachim Seinfeld (GER)*, Signe Theill (GER)*, Steffi Weismann (SUI)*, Gudrun F. Widlok (GER/GHA)*
*Artist-in-Residence of quartier21/MuseumsQuartier
„PCFS - Post Colonial Flagship Store“ is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. https://twitter.com/postcolonial
#postcolonial #flagshipstoreOct 03 to Nov 23, Tue-Sun 13-19:00
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8-channel sound composition, 7-part poster series in the TONSPUR_passage
The ordering and forming of silence between sounds:
Wolfgang Mitterer lives in Vienna.
Mitterer studied organ, composition and electroacoustics in Vienna and Stockholm. He is not only one of the Austrian specialists for electronics as well as being equally brilliant on the keyboard and on the slide controls, but is also one of the most innovative composers. His work oscillates between composition and open form. Apart from music for organ and orchestra, a piano concerto and an opera he has produced electronic pieces, conceptualized sound installations, and engaged in collective improvisation with diverse groups, developing a language of extremes, tension and complexity. The pleasure he takes in experimenting leads him to combine contrasting elements in the creation of unpredictable musical events. In one major composition, for instance, he juxtaposes musical bands and children’s choirs with specialized instrumentalists and singers, while filling the hall with surround sound created by live electronics. But his work transcends the merely spectacular, precisely because of his musical presence and the high – deeply moving – intensity and complexity of his compositions. Listening intensely to low sounds has its place just as much as the “installing” of exploding sound fragments in the listeners’ minds. Far from being smoothly pleasurable, Mitterer’s music is still uncannily beautiful at times.
M. Meller for “Tirol multimedial”
www.wolfgangmitterer.comJul 11 thru Aug 20, 2016, daily 10-20:00
Sergei Sviatchenko (DNK): SECRETLY
Wall installation at the MQ Forecourt
Location: MQ Forecourt
No English description available.
Image: © Sergei Sviatchenko
www.sviatchenko.dkApr 21 thru Dec 31, 2016, daily 00-24:00
LANGUAGENCRYPT/Layers And Essence
Installation by Gruppe Or-Om in the Raum D / Q21
Venue: Raum D / Q21
Download flyer: http://or-om.org/languagencrypt.pdf
Download encoded text: http://or-om.org/textencrypt.docx
Images and hints on FLICKR: www.flickr.com/groups/languagencrypt
Key: Gruppe Or-Om
Basic theory: http://goo.gl/ub3CcMay 01 thru Sep 30, 2016, daily 10-18:00
ELISABETH GRÜBL. Studio #
Exhibition in the EIKON Schaufenster
Opening and Presentation EIKON #94: Tue, May 24, 19:00
Venue: EIKON Schaufenster
No English description available.
Image: © Elisabeth Grübl
www.eikon.atMay 25 thru Sep 04, 2016, daily 10-22:00