FACELESS part I
The exhibition FACELESS at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL explores the phenomenon of inescapable recognizability in the media and the resulting strategies of media users to become virtually faceless.
FACELESS part I
Date: Jul 04 to Sep 01, Tue-Sun 13:00-19:00
Opening: Wed, Jul 03, 19:00
Press preview: Wed, Jul 03, 10:00
Location: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
The exhibition FACELESS at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL explores the phenomenon of inescapable recognizability in the media and the resulting strategies of media users to become virtually faceless. FACELESS takes a radical look at this fairly recent phenomenon of everyday media culture and shows how it manifests in visual art, fashion, photography, advertising, and dance. The show features works by artists like Marina Abramović, Thorsten Brinkmann, and Maison Martin Margiela as well as projects created by unknown Internet dwellers.
The highly diverse strategies and methods of making faces “disappear” on the Web can be read as ironic, angry, or justified criticism of our media-infused reality. Faces do not disappear, but are manipulated beyond recognition, sometimes disfigured. The artist Bogomir Doringer, in collaboration with Brigitte Felderer from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, curated the two-part exhibition FACELESS. Part 1 is on view from July 4 to September 1, 2013.
“Many of the faces that appear on the Web are familiar and well-known. We recognize them, associate biographies, scandals, stories with them, and get the impression of gaining an insight into a personality and even witnessing an entire life. But in the end, the physiognomies we encounter only reflect our own personal concept of happiness, recognition, attention, and success,” says Brigitte Felderer.
“FACELESS critically examines problems of our media culture and presents the various approaches taken by the artists selected. Due to the complexity of the subject, the exhibition will be shown in two parts, a first for freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL,” adds Dr. Christian Strasser, director of the MuseumsQuartier Wien.
After the events of 9/11 and in response to the fear of terrorist attacks, the levels of transparency and control have been taken to areas where they would have been unthinkable before. This has led to a change in security concepts and the expansion of surveillance systems. Social networks, which often violate privacy but promise their users popularity in exchange, have become the norm. Many artists critically engage with this subject and use “hidden” faces as a possibility to live an unobserved life.
Artist Thorsten Brinkmann, for example, presents self-portraits that in color, pose, and composition are reminiscent of classic portrait painting. But used and discarded everyday objects replace his facial features. Masks and head coverings from fashion labels like Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, and Bernhard Willhelm suggest that models’ faces have been redundant for the presentation of collections.
Conversely, a public persona like Marina Abramović attempts to relativize her high recognition value in photographic self-portraits. Frank Schallmaier, in turn, makes collages using photographs that he finds in social networks and online matchmaking sites for homosexuals: they portray people who show themselves, but hide their faces with the promise of retaining anonymity. Hester Scheurwater’s photographic works examine the media representation of women as objects of desire. In Ute Klein’s photographs the bodies of lovers melt into temporary, faceless sculptures. The self-portraits of Nienke Klunder parody the banal omnipresence of erotic images.
The side program of the exhibition includes special events, artist talks, workshops for kids and teens, and podium discussions. On opening night, visitors will be able to participate in the performance “Anonymity” by Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger, a playful critique of surveillance society. Black glasses distributed to the visitors are reminiscent of censor bars and images from surveillance cameras make the observed into observers. Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger developed “Anonymity” in New York and adapted it for the opening of the exhibition FACELESS. The performance is documented by ARISTIC BOKEH, an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development. The initiative is part of the project Artistic Technology Research at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Marina Abramović (SRB/USA), Marc Bijl (NED/GER), Thorsten Brinkmann (GER), Ondrej Brody (CZE) & Kristofer Paetau (FIN), Asger Carlsen (DEN/USA), Nezaket Ekici (TUR/GER), Shahram Entekhabi (IRI/GER), Caron Geary aka FERAL is KINKY (GBR), David Haines (GBR/NED), Ren Hang (CHN), Sabi van Hemert (NED), Ursula Hübner (AUT), Damier Johnson aka REBEL YUTHS (NGR/ITA), Brian Kenny (USA), Ute Klein (GER), Nienke Klunder (USA), Manu Luksch (AUT/GBR), Zachari Logan (CAN), Maison Martin Margiela, Slava Mogutin (RUS/USA), Veljko Onjin (SRB), Bernd Oppl (AUT), Tanja Ostojić (SRB/GER), Gareth Pugh (GBR), Eva-Maria Raab (AUT), Ana Rajcevic (SRB/GBR), Tarron Ruiz-Avila (AUS), Viktor & Rolf (NED), Daphne Rosenthal (NED/USA), Mustafa Sabbagh (JOR/ITA), Olivier de Sagazan (FRA), Daniel Sannwald (GER/GBR) for WOODKID, Frank Schallmaier (NED), Hester Scheurwater (NED), Jan Stradtmann (GER), Sergei Sviatchenko (UKR/DEN), Jun Takahashi for UNDERCOVER (JAP), Marc Turlan (FRA), Levi van Veluw (NED), Philippe Vogelenzang & Majid Karrouch (NED), Addie Wagenknecht (USA) & Stefan Hechenberger (AUT), Katsuya Kamo for Junya Watanabe COMME des GARÇONS (JAP), and Bernhard Willhelm (GER/FRA). Some of the artists will prepare their works as Artists-in-Residence at the MuseumsQuartier.
FACELESS is organized in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the WIENER STÄDTISCHE Versicherung AG Vienna Insurance Group, the University Mozarteum Salzburg, the Dutch Embassy in Austria, as well as with the support of partners and sponsors from Austria and abroad.
Picture: © Sabi van Hemert
www.facelessexhibition.comThu, Jul 04 2013 to Sun, Sep 01 2013
VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2016: FEAR IS NOT AN OPTION
13th Festival for short film, animation & music video
Opening: Wed, May 25, 19:30 @ Gartenbaukino
Orte: Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, METRO Kinokulturhaus, Filmmuseum, Gartenbaukino
At the end of May, the city of Vienna will be much influenced by international films with a length of no more than 30 minutes. More than 300 short films, animations and music videos are going to be screened at Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, METRO Kinokulturhaus,the Austrian Film Museum and at Gartenbaukino, when VIS Vienna Independent Shorts declares the festival a fear-free zone.
“Fear is not an Option” is the 13th edition’s focus, that couldn’t be more relevant considering the latest attacks in Brussels. VIS 2016 takes the current social and political conditions as its starting point and discusses systemic crises, man-made catastrophies, the pursuit of freedom and hope for a better life in seven curated programmes.
“Triangle programme” in collaboration with the Netherlands and Canada
Fear acts as a bad adviser in times of enclosure and delineation, loss of trust and refusal of solidarity. Together with two partner festivals from the Netherlands and Canada, VIS takes this mood as a starting point for an international discussion in the so-called “triangle programme”, which will screen in all three countries.
The Go Short festival in Nijmegen, one of Europe’s emerging short film festivals, holds its ground facing the political crises and compiles scenarios under the title “Keep your head up”, that tell of a positive debate with conflicts.
The prestigious Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal on the other hand takes on lost Utopias of mankind under the title “Utopia and how to get there (or not)”.
Spotlight on Anouk de Clerq in collaboration with sixpackfilm
One of the two spotlights of the festival is dedicated to the Belgian artist Anouk de Clerq. The award-winning filmmaker’s oeuvre is presented and discussed within a special at METRO Kinokulturhaus together with sixpackfilm. Anouk de Clerq explores the audiovisual potential of computer language, in order to create new worlds focusing on their architectural characteristics. This year’s festival sujet features a still from de Clerq’s film “Building”.
Image: Still from "Nu Renegade" (Zebra Katz x Leila) by Florian Pochlatko
May 25 thru May 31, 2016
Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber: Trophäen ihrer Exzellenz
Exhibition in the SCHAURAUM Angewandte
Opening: Wed, May 25, 19:00
Venue: SCHAURAUM Angewandte
Exemplary objects speak about the complicity between architecture and changing power relations in the transformation of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-university in Frankfurt: the university changed from a castle-like citizens' university of the German Empire to a modernist mass university, including the Frankfurt School, to neoliberal “Clusters of Excellence”.
Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, based in Vancouver and Vienna, have worked on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space since 1994.
Photo: Bitter/WeberMay 26 thru Jul 03, 2016, daily 10-22:00
The „Reihe mit Vorsatz“ in the LITERATURpassage
Location: LITERATURpassage, between MQ Courtyard 3 and Mariahilfer Strasse
The zine is available from on-the-spot vending machines for € 2,–.
No English description available, texts in German language.
www.textfeldsuedost.comFeb 01 thru Jun 30, 2016, daily 00-24:00
Textinstallation in the Literaturpassage
Location: LITERATURpassage, between MQ Courtyard 3 and Mariahilfer Strasse
No English description available.
www.textfeldsuedost.comFeb 01 thru May 31, 2016, daily 00–24:00