united nations extended - The Vienna Dialog
exhibition at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
Opening: Thu, Mar 12, 19:00
MQ SommerÖffnung: Thu, May 07, 13-16:00, 16:30-22:00
Venue: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
Photos of the Opening night
The exhibition "united nations extended — The Vienna Dialog" engages with the forgeline between art and politics, using the United Nations as an example. Alongside critical statements by contemporary artists, the exhibition also shows poetic and documentary works that present a broad survey of artistic positions since the 1990s. Compiled by the curators Signe Theill and Peter Winkels at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL in the MuseumsQuartier Wien, the exhibition engages with figurative and symbolic political acts.
The policy issues that the artists focus their attention on range from the Palestine Conflict, via the Iraq War, the genocide in Rwanda, the civil war in Bosnia, and the plight of refugees on the borders of the EU, to the connections between the personal and politics in the context of the UN. The earliest works stem from the 1990s, the most recent have been specially completed for the exhibition and are being shown for the first time.
Participating artists include: The Center for Political Beauty (GER), who caused a political scandal last year during the celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall with their "Erster Europäischer Mauerfall"; Goshka Macuga's (POL), whose multifaceted installation "The Nature of the Beast" alludes to the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and his speech on the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; Sophie Calle (FRA) has a far more intimate and personal background to her multimedia artwork "Prenez soin de vous", completed in 2004, which includes the reading aloud by 107 women of an Email from Calle's ex-boyfriend ending their relationship.
The history of the United Nations is also the history of a special relationship with art. The global organization has been collecting art, commissioning artists in the UN cities, and receiving artworks as diplomatic gifts from the outset. The UNO City in Vienna also has a significant collection of Austrian artists' work donated in the early-1970s by the Republic of Austria. On the 60th anniversary of Austria's membership of the United Nations, artists such as Jan Stradtmann (GER), Maurice de Martin (GER), and Janina Janke (GER) present the results of their research at the Vienna International Center. The photographs by Stradtmann show the cool elegance of the building's interior, while the project "UN.KNOWN SPACES" by artist duo Janke/de Martin directs attention to the people who work for the United Nations, with interviews, videos and other documentary material compiled in Vienna, Nairobi and New York.
The Berlin artist Alfred Banze (GER) traveled around the world with a copy of the mural by Per Krohg in the UN Security Council, the first artwork completed for the United Nations. He brings numerous videos to Vienna of this international workshop tour, lending a hearing to a vast range of voices, both with contemporary interpretations of the mural as well as on the vision of the United Nations.
Also on show are new works specially created for the exhibition by the quartier21/MQ Artists-in-Residence, among others by Sibylle Hofter (GER), who has installed a temporary local office for her exceptional photo agency, Schwimmer, in the exhibition space, or Guy Wouete (CMR), who has produced new photos as well as videos in Vienna.
An extensive supplementary program accompanies the exhibition and provides a deeper insight into the art that surrounds the United Nations. From the first gift for the United Nations Security Council Chamber to an introduction to the International Academy of Art Palestine, lectures, screenings and artists discussions are geared to promote a transdisciplinary dialogue.
Marina Abramović (SRB/USA), Abbas Akhavan (CAN), Alfred Banze (GER), Vitshois M. Bondo (COD), Sophie Calle (FRA), Sibylle Hofter (GER)*, Alfredo Jaar (USA), Janina Janke (GER)*/Maurice de Martin (GER)*, Khaled Jarrar (PSE), Sven Kalden (GER), Thomas Locher (GER), Goshka Macuga (POL), Josef Ramaseder (AUT), Kofi Setorji (GHA), Ivar Smedstad (NOR), Jan Stradtmann (GER), Tanya von Barnau Sythoff (NDL)*, Guy Wouete (CMR)*, Zentrum für politische Schönheit (GER)*
* quartier21/MQ Artist-in-Residence
"united nations extended — The Vienna Dialog" is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
Graphic Design: milchhof / Michael RudolphMar 13 thru May 10, Tue-Sun 13-16:00, 16:30-20:00
frei_raum Q21 exhibition space less
STATION ROSE "Summer in The City incl. Digital Art Diary 3"
Installation by Station Rose in the Electric Avenue
Venue: Station Rose, Electric Avenue
STR-formula 01: Summer in the City of Vienna_new installation
STR-formula 02: TV-program "Digital Art Diary 3" as endless A/V loop
on ORF III : Jul 2 & Jul 3 2016
in the STR artspace at q21 on from Jul 4 2016
#stationrose #digitalart #audiovisual
www.stationrose.comJul 01 to Jul 31, daily 10-22:00
TONSPUR 68: Wolfgang Mitterer (AUT): POINTS
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