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Universal Hospitality

Exhibition / Performance / Open forum / Book presentation / Guided tours
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Edit András, Birgit Lurz, Ilona Németh, Wolfgang Schlag

Universal Hospitality Exhibition

Venue: Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna
Dates: 25 May to 19 June, daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free admission

Opening 24 May
7 p.m.: Performance Universal Anthem, Société Réaliste
With: Clemens Salesny, Leo Riegler & Peter Rom (musician)
8 p.m.: Perfomance The Winner Takes It All
With: Dante Buu (artist)


Catherine Anyango, Zanny Begg, Anca Benera / Arnold Estefan, Songül Boyraz, János Borsos, Dante Buu, Nicos Charalambidis, Anetta Mona Chişa / Lucia Tkáčová, Mansour Ciss, András Cséfalvay, Anna Daučíková, Yevgeniy Fiks, Petra Gerschner, GLUKLYA / Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya, Núria Güell, Sanja Iveković, Gülsün Karamustafa, Szabolcs KissPál, Martin Krenn, Tomasz Kulka, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Lőrinc Borsos, Victor López González, Angela Melitopoulos, Marina Naprushkina, Csaba Nemes, Adrian Paci, Martin Piaček, Lisl Ponger, Tomáš Rafa, Société Réaliste / Ferenc Gróf, R.E.P. Group, Oliver Ressler, Mykola Ridnyi, Juri Schaden, Marika Schmiedt, Roland Sejko, Tim Sharp, Société Réaliste / Ferenc Gróf, Hito Steyerl, Toledo i Dertschei, Artur Żmijewski and others

The title of the exhibition and the Open Forum refers to the dismantling of the humanistic ideas of enlightenment all around Europe, due to the rise of new nationalisms, populism, and old and new forms of xenophobia, all of which have been triggered by migration.  

The project elaborates on the Kantian idea of cosmopolitanism and world citizenship through Derrida’s critical lens, and is played out against the backdrop of the current wave of migration. Kant’s political concept seems, retrospectively, rather limited, while Derrida’s desire for unconditional hospitality stretches to the point of eliminating itself.

Inspired by these ideas and concepts, the project intends to address the inherent paradox of being hospitable within the framework of the nation-state by analyzing the structure of nationalism and populism, but also tries to keep alive the need, even if only symbolically and metaphorically, for absolute hospitality, in order to envision a better solution for living together with a “Stranger.”

The works elaborate on the historical roots of the recent situation, on the machinery of nationalism, and on its inherently exclusive nature. The exhibition touches upon issues of the heritage of colonialism, racialized culture and people, exclusions and xenophobia, cautiously considering the different prehistories of East and West. The art works shed light on the mechanism of renationalization and instrumentalization of migration. The complexity and connectedness of the political, social and economic regime behind its operation is also evoked.

With reference to its title, the “Universal Hospitality” project incorporates critical works and attitudes, in order to look through the obscured and unsettled scenario of the present. Further, it considers alternatives and advocates, universality as well as empowerment of marginalized social groups. We believe that the passionate, or analytical images might influence the ongoing turbulent events, and create a space and platform for new ways of imagining communities beyond territorial imagination, and beyond physical and mental borders.

Production Wiener Festwochen
With the support of Austrian Federal Chancellery, Arts and Culture Division 

Universal Hospitality Open Forum

Venue: Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Vienna
Dates: 3, 4 June, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 5 June, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open Forum

Edit András (art historian), Michael Backmund (journalist, writer, filmmaker) / Petra Gerschner (artist, filmmaker, curator), Gabriella Csoszó (artist) / Szabolcs Kisspál (artist) / Csaba Nemes (artist), Frank Düvell (sociologist), Can Gülcü (artist and activist), Dirk Hoerder (historian, social ssientist), Lisbeth Kovacic (artist), Daniela Krajčová (artist) / Oto Hudec (artist), Martin Krenn (artist) / Katharina Morawek (artistic director Shedhalle Zürich), Angela Melitopoulos (artist), Marina Naprushkina (artist), Nikolay Oleynikov (artist), Alessandra Pomarico (curator), M. G. Tamás (philosopher), Mark Terkessidis (writer, journalist, publicist) and others

Initiatives and projects
Cardamom & Nelke - Salon der Künste (Vienna), Free Home University (Lecce), ISOP - Innovative Sozialprojekte (Graz), Neue Nachbarschaft // Moabit (Berlin), Netzwerk Zuversicht (Schwanenstadt), Project Karavan (Bratislava), Szabad Müvészek / Free Artists (Budapest), The Whole World in Zurich (Zurich), Verein Vielmehr für Alle! (Vienna), Verein Nachbarinnen in Wien and others

The Open Forum is dedicated to the factors underlying displacement and migration and discusses strategies so as to react to the resulting societal dynamics in Europe. NGOs, civil-society and artistic initiatives and institutions as well as artists and activists from various European countries present their methodological and practical approaches to this issue. Through an exchange of knowledge with persons who have arrived in Europe, they attempt to generate a shift of perspective regarding migration as a central force of social change. Experts from a great variety of fields highlight the most topical questions in keynote presentations.

» Detailed programme

Production Wiener Festwochen
Initiated by ERSTE Foundation
In co-operation with University of Applied Arts Vienna

Guided tours

28 May, 11 and 18 June, 5 p.m.
Guided tours through the exhibition

For schoolchildren, apprentices and students please send your requests to intothecity(at)

In co-operation with Vienna Chamber of Labour

Führung durch die Ausstellung Fear of the Unknown mit Lenka Kukurová (Kuratorin)
Ort: Kunsthalle Bratislava, Nám. SNP12, Bratislava
Termin: 11. Juni, 13 Uhr
Gratis-Shuttle-Service am 11. Juni:
Abfahrt Wien: 11 Uhr, Alte Post
Abfahrt Bratislava: 15 Uhr, KH Bratislava
Anmeldungen an intothecity(at)


Fête brut

Saturday, 11 June, starting 1 p.m., burt, die Bar
Tomer Damsky (Climax) and Sweet Susie
Free admission

Book Presentation

Politik mit der Angst. Zur Wirkung rechtspopulistischer Diskurse
With: Ruth Wodak (writer)
Moderation: Peter Huemer (publicist, journalist, historian)
Date: 22 May, 11 a.m.
Venue: Festwochen-Zentrum / Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Ruth Wodak: Politik mit der Angst. Zur Wirkung rechtspopulistischer Diskurse
German translation by Georg Hauptfeld. Vienna, Edition Konturen, 2016

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Production Wiener Festwochen
Supported by Bundeskanzleramt Kunst und Kultur

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