PREDICTABLY UNPREDICTABLE

A LAB ON THE FESTIVAL OF THE FUTURE

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the Wiener Festwochen festival is inviting participants to sketch out scenarios for possible futures. As part of a four-day lab session, researchers and students from five universities, artists, and members of the public will come together to consider the positioning of festivals yesterday, today and tomorrow, in lectures and discussions as well as performance, installation and acoustic interventions. With the help of the Festwochen archive, they will retrace the festival’s chequered history and, together, draw up visions of the Festival of the Future: as a place of planned unpredictability.

Location brut nordwest
Date
9 - 12 September, 1pm - 7pm

Admission free

Registration will be carried out on site. All important questions regarding your visit at brut nordwest can be found here

On the terrain vague of the disused Nordwestbahnhof railway station, four topics are to be explored across four days (attended individually or successively). The focus will be firmly on unpredictable encounters. At the Tandem Talks, experts in all sorts of fields – from art and architecture to robotics and quantum physics – will meet for the first time. Choreographer Anne Juren will get each day underway with an imaginary quest for the ‘fantastical anatomies’ of any festival. Young authors will dispatch participants on audio walks. And students and lecturers from various disciplines ranging from cultural studies to sociology will offer an insight into their semester projects during which they looked at the past and the future of the festival through the Festwochen archive.

In the run-up, the Festwochen will present for the first time an online archive which, in a first step, provides access to the programme booklets from 1951 to 2021, with further material to be added to the inventory in the years to come. And in their essays, cultural theorist Aleida Assmann and theatre historian Theresa Eisele examine the role of archives in the performing arts and the history of the Festwochen respectively.

Moderation Nicola Scherer Scientific accompaniment Theresa Eisele

  • Nicola Scherer

    Artist, curator, and culture manager Nicola Scherer teaches and conducts research into festival studies at the University of Hildesheim. Her dissertation focused on international theatre festivals and their strategies with regard to cultural policy. Since 2006, she has performed with the ‘space ensemble’ collective in, among others, Berlin, Braunschweig, Vienna and San Francisco.

  • Theresa Eisele

    Theresa Eisele is a theatre scholar and author. She studied in Leipzig, Madrid and Vienna, and is currently conducting research on the history of theatre in Vienna in the modern era and theatre-based thought models that pertain to society. In 2021 she became a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the Free University Berlin. Her book Szenen der Wiener Moderne. Drei Artefakte und ihre Vorstellungswelten des Jüdischen was recently published as part of the Leipzig toldot series.

9 September
Unpredictable Space(s)
10 September
Unpredictable Encounter(s)
11 September
Unpredictable Time(s)
12 September
Unpredictable Practice(s)
© Anne Juren
© Yona Schuh / Humayan Memon
© Carlo Favero und Tim Driven
© Christian Werner
© Bea Borgers / Sony Al Inc
© Elfi Semotan / Karin Gruber
© Heinz Holzmann / Helga Novotny
© Claudia Bosse / Ikerbasque Basque Foundation for Science
© Nefeli Myrodia / Eleni Mouzakiti
© Carlo Rovelli / Kristof Van Landschoot

9 September
UNPREDICTABLE SPACE(S) Thursday, 1pm to 7pm

Festival spaces are as real as they are imaginary. Where does the festival of the future take place? What thought spaces does it open up? To what sort of content and aesthetics does it lend space? Experts in scenography, urban planning, architecture, sociology, and journalism will examine the festival’s relationship with the city, take an inquisitive look at non-Western concepts of public space, and situate the festival of the future.

Following the day programme, MITTEN am Abend offers keynotes, performances and music with free admission.

  • 1pm Fantasmical Anatomies for the Future I

    Performance by Anne Juren

    With her Fantasmical Anatomies series, choreographer Anne Juren has for years been exploring the power of embodied knowledge. The body can be understood not just as an archive and memory. For Juren it is the only place to think about and sense the future. Fantasmical Anatomies for a Future is a series of corporeal lessons as poetic, fantastic and speculative choreographies that mark the start of every single day. So what does the future feel like?

    Language English

    By and with Anne Juren

    Viennese choreographer, dancer, and performer Anne Juren is originally from Grenoble. Since 2015 she has been developing artistic works as part of her ongoing therapeutic and choreographic research that expands the concept of choreography by incorporating the body in various physical, poetic and speculative experiences. A Feldenkrais practitioner, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Stockholm University of the Arts.

  • 1.30pm Disorder, Difference, Improvisation

    Discourse with students and lecturers of Institut für Soziologie & Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Universität Wien

    What sort of impulses do the city’s spaces provide for a festival such as the Wiener Festwochen and how does it inscribe itself in the urban space? Social scientists from the University of Vienna share the findings of their joint research in which they examine the interactions between the urban space and a cultural festival. Using urbanistic themes they contrast and compare drafts from the past with the uncertain and the new. In doing so, they bring to the fore internal and external boundaries, the spaces in-between and the areas of shadow, enhancements and enrichments, transformations as well as inclusions and exclusions.

    By and with students and lecturers of Institut für Soziologie & Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (Petra Herczeg, Christoph Reinprecht, Irina Kachapova, Oliver Wittich) / Universität Wien

  • 3pm Tandem-Talks

    with Elke Krasny & Marvi Mazhar, Jozef Wouters & Sandi Hilal

    Artists meet up with experts of their choice in a series of public talks. Who will they be inviting to reflect together on the festival of the future? In an unpredictable encounter, they will meet publicly for the first time and search for common visions, but from very different perspectives.

    Elke Krasny in conversation with Marvi Mazhar
    Jozef Wouters in conversation with Sandi Hilal

    Language English

    Elke Krasny is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her research work focuses on issues pertaining to feminism, labour, the economy, ecology, and the politics of remembrance in architecture, urbanism, contemporary art, and art education; she is also co-editor of the book Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet.

    The work of Pakistani architect Marvi Mazhar combines visual studies, intervention, and spatial politics. In her work at Goldsmiths, University of London, she researches the potential of collaborative urban planning, based on the example of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.

    Jozef Wouters is a stage designer and theatre maker from Brussels. His works reference specific locations, triggering an exploration of strategic spaces, social processes, and the power of the imagination. He has been artist-in-residence at Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods since 2017.

    Sandi Hilal is an architect and educator. She is co-director of Decolonizing Architecture Art Research (DAAR), a renowned architectural and art collective founded in Palestine. In a refugee camp in Bethlehem she co-founded Campus in Camps, an experimental educational programme aiming to overcome conventional educational structures. Hilal initiated The Living Room, a series of spaces of hospitality that have the potential to subvert the role of guest and host.

  • 5.30pm Archive of the Future

    Table talks with the day’s experts

    The day’s experts become the hosts of small think-tanks discussing various issues, propositions and demands as part of an exchange process with the participants. In the course of the discussions – as the lab session’s provisional and fragile findings – a collective (sound) archive gradually emerges in keeping with the theme of the day, growing day by day. What was said and thought? What remains? What will be of relevance tomorrow? What needs to be done?

    Language German and English

  • all-day echo / ghost I – Das versprochene Haus

    Audiowalk by and with Institut für Sprachkunst / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    You can go wherever you want, and however you want. You can: go inside – into my head, into my house – or stay outside. As a location-independent soundwalk, The Promised House guides you through memories, imaginings, and distortions. It’s an attempt not to forget, to turn upside down, to change colours. Does anything actually disappear if it remains unpromised to anyone?

    Young authors present four audio walks based on the archive concept. On each of the four days, a different literary work of art invites participants to view familiar surroundings with new eyes. The focus is on the question of historiography as a creative, entertaining, but also violent act, and on what the authors’ writing might look like if it were able to gain access to back rooms, to examine the back of pictures in order to reshuffle the deck for the future.

    Language German

    By Sophie Dostal, Institut für Sprachkunst (Gerhild Steinbuch) / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    Sophia Dostal was born in Vienna in 1995. She can carry five plates on two hands, but rather than wait tables she has been studying language arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna since 2019. Part of the JENNY editorial team, she is dedicated to finding new forms of reading and is a member of the as yet unfounded association ‘Das Amt’.

  • all-day Between celebrating and capturing a festival

    Installation by Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN / University of Art and Design, Linz

    Part of the Festwochen archive is actually on site, among the festival visitors themselves. ‘Do touch!’ is the motto: hands are allowed to reach in, pull out, open, twist, turn, examine – and perforate. The four-day interactive installation examines the archive’s holes, gaps, and the spaces in between. What is being kept? What is being discarded? How can an archive be brought to life in terms of performance? So get the ticker tape ready: the moment is about to tip into the future.

    By and with students and lecturers of Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN (Larissa Meyer, Ton Matton, Franziska Schink) / University of Art and Design, Linz

10 September
UNPREDICTABLE ENCOUNTER(S) Friday 1pm to 7pm

A festival creates encounters and establishes communities. Who gets to meet who? And who is left out? Who gets to watch – and who gets to take part? How does a festival shape social togetherness, both within the context of its performances and beyond? Artists, AI researchers, and art and cultural mediators all enter into dialogue as they set about encountering the festival of the future – between physical and virtual co-presence and co-creation.

Following the day programme, MITTEN am Abend offers keynotes, performances and music with free admission.

  • 1pm Anatomies for the Future II

    Performance by Anne Juren

    With her Fantasmical Anatomies series, choreographer Anne Juren has for years been exploring the power of embodied knowledge. The body can be understood not just as an archive and memory. For Juren it is the only place to think about and sense the future. Fantasmical Anatomies for a Future is a series of corporeal lessons as poetic, fantastic and speculative choreographies that mark the start of every single day. So what does the future feel like?

    Language English

    By and with Anne Juren

    Viennese choreographer, dancer, and performer Anne Juren is originally from Grenoble. Since 2015 she has been developing artistic works as part of her ongoing therapeutic and choreographic research that expands the concept of choreography by incorporating the body in various physical, poetic and speculative experiences. A Feldenkrais practitioner, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Stockholm University of the Arts.

  • 1.30pm Who actually cares about the Wiener Festwochen?

    Discourse with students and lecturers of MAE Master of Arts Education / Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien

    Who attends? Who attended? Who was invited then, and now? Artists as well as art and cultural mediators present the findings of their research project, which takes a critical look at the inclusion and exclusion mechanisms of urban festivals. A performative retracing of those present and absent, based on archival research, artistically-based survey methods, and public interventions in the run-up.

    By and with students and lecturers of MAE Master of Arts Education (Peter Spindler, Susanne Wolfram) / Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien

    Language German

  • 3pm Tandem-Talks

    with Begüm Ericyas & Michael Spanger, Wolfgang Zinggl & Viola Gruber

    Artists meet up with experts of their choice in a series of public talks. Who will they be inviting to reflect together on the festival of the future? In an unpredictable encounter, the two will meet publicly for the first time and search for common visions, but from very different perspectives.

    Begüm Erciyas in conversation with Michael Spanger
    Wolfgang Zinggl / WochenKlausur in conversation with Viola Gruber

    Language German and English

    Turkish choreographer and performer Begüm Erciyas lives and works in Brussels. Her works often revolve around sound and voice, enabling audiences to enjoy paradoxical experiences ranging from collective to solitude. Her work Letters from Attica is on show at the 2021 Wiener Festwochen.

    Michael Spranger is a researcher at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc. in Tokyo – a think-tank on future technologies that blur the boundaries of science, technology, and society. He specialises in autonomous robotics and is a co-artist on Das Fremde – an ongoing art project focusing on cultural identity and machines.

    The group WochenKlausur creates art, but without formal works, and therefore a novel concept of art. It shapes human coexistence and, in its projects, reduces socio-political deficits. A case in point was the establishment, in 1993, of a medical care centre for the homeless at Vienna’s Secession.

    Viola Gruber’s parents met at the theatre, she herself trod the boards at her school, which had a focus on theatre. Later, she studied Landscaping, Equine Science and recently Psychotherapy, while working as a doctor´s assistant. Her dedication in life are horses, founding her own stable out of passion. Her interest definitely lie with nature and animals, less than with arts and culture. Her last visit to the theatre probably dates back to her school days. She has never been guest of the Wiener Festwochen before.

  • 5.30pm Archive of the Future

    Table talks with the day’s experts

    The day’s experts become the hosts of small think-tanks discussing various issues, propositions and demands as part of an exchange process with the participants. In the course of the discussions – as the lab session’s provisional and fragile findings – a collective (sound) archive gradually emerges in keeping with the theme of the day, growing day by day. What was said and thought? What remains? What will be of relevance tomorrow? What needs to be done?

    Language German and English

  • all-day echo / ghost II – Körperwege

    Audiowalk by and with Institut für Sprachkunst / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    Can you feel your body? Can you feel how it breathes? Can you feel how your bones are holding you together? How the blood is pumping through you? The dark soil beneath your feet. Plants pushing through it, ever upwards. Fissures that become fertile. It’s a foresight. A foretaste of what’s to follow. Let go. Let go and immerse yourself into your body’s own archive.

    Young authors present four audio walks based on the archive concept. On each of the four days, a different literary work of art invites participants to view familiar surroundings with new eyes. The focus is on the question of historiography as a creative, entertaining, but also violent act, and on what the authors’ writing might look like if it were able to gain access to back rooms, to examine the back of pictures in order to reshuffle the deck for the future.

    Language German

    By Kollektiv HALM, Institut für Sprachkunst (Gerhild Steinbuch) / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien Sound Design Hanna Brühwiler Voice Josephine Hochbruck

    Kollektiv HALM consists of Maë Schwinghammer (*1993, author, lyricist), Anouk Doujak (*1998, author, graphic designer), Hannah Bründl (*1996, author writing for the theatre, radio plays and multimedia projects), and Laura Bärtle (*1999, author, lyricist).

  • all-day Between celebrating and capturing a festival

    Installation by Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN / University of Art and Design, Linz

    Part of the Festwochen archive is actually on site, among the festival visitors themselves. ‘Do touch!’ is the motto: hands are allowed to reach in, pull out, open, twist, turn, examine – and perforate. The four-day interactive installation examines the archive’s holes, gaps, and the spaces in between. What is being kept? What is being discarded? How can an archive be brought to life in terms of performance? So get the ticker tape ready: the moment is about to tip into the future.

    By and with students and lecturers of Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN (Larissa Meyer, Ton Matton, Franziska Schink) / University of Art and Design, Linz

11 September
UNPREDICTABLE TIME(S) Saturday 1pm to 7pm

A festival is about time fashioned, with the past and the future, tradition and innovation culminating in the festival’s present. How does the festival of the future relate to a society’s time economy? How does it define contemporaneity? Art and culture scholars, artists, sociologists, and quantum physicists set out in search of a festival in touch with the times.

Following the day programme, MITTEN am Abend offers keynotes, performances and music with free admission.

  • 1pm Anne Juren: Fantasmical Anatomies for the Future III

    Performance by Anne Juren

    With her Fantasmical Anatomies series, choreographer Anne Juren has for years been exploring the power of embodied knowledge. The body can be understood not just as an archive and memory. For Juren it is the only place to think about and sense the future. Fantasmical Anatomies for a Future is a series of corporeal lessons as poetic, fantastic and speculative choreographies that mark the start of every single day. So what does the future feel like?

    Language English

    By and with Anne Juren

    Viennese choreographer, dancer, and performer Anne Juren is originally from Grenoble. Since 2015 she has been developing artistic works as part of her ongoing therapeutic and choreographic research that expands the concept of choreography by incorporating the body in various physical, poetic and speculative experiences. A Feldenkrais practitioner, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Stockholm University of the Arts.

  • 1.30pm The project and its Time

    Discourse with students and lecturers of Institut für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften & Institut für Kunst und Architektur / Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

    There was a time when the festival, as a temporary event, was tasked with countering established institutions with experimental projects. But once project culture itself has become a dominant format, the exception becomes the rule. Is the institutionalisation of festival culture tantamount to the establishment of precarious conditions? Can the festival narrative be sustained as an institution-critical corrective? How does it need to be rethought? Artists as well as art and cultural scholars take a critical look at these changes.

    Language German

    By and with Julia Belova, Carolin Brendel, Mirjam Bromundt, Jessica Grundler, Leonie Huber, Kyungrim Lim Jang, Julia Karpova, Flora Klein, Lilith Kraxner, Maya Livingstone, Alevtina Lyapunova, Tabea Marschall, Stepan Nest, Carla Rihl, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Andreas Spiegl, Lucia Ugena (Studierende und Dozierende des Instituts für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften & des Instituts für Kunst und Architektur / Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien)

  • 3pm Tandem-Talks

    with Milica Ilić & Carlo Rovelli and Alexandra Althoff & Helga Nowotny

    Artists meet up with experts of their choice in a series of public talks. Who will they be inviting to reflect together on the festival of the future? In an unpredictable encounter, the two will meet publicly for the first time and search for common visions, but from very different perspectives.

    Milica Ilić in conversation with Carlo Rovelli
    Alexandra Althoff in conversation with Helga Nowotny

    Language German, English

    Milica Ilić is deeply interested in collective processes of change-making in the arts. She is a member of the team at Onda, the French office for performing arts circulation, where she also coordinates the project RESHAPE - a collaborative, bottom-up research process that proposes instruments for transition towards an alternative, fairer, and unified arts ecosystem across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.

    Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist known for his work in quantum gravity. He has founded the Quantum Gravity group of the Aix-Marseille University. He has written global best sellers like Seven Brief Lesson on Physics and The Order of Time. He has been included by the Foreign Policy magazine in the 2019 list of the 100 most influential global thinkers.

    Dramaturge and theatre scholar Alexandra Althoff is deputy artistic director at Vienna’s Burgtheater and a member of the RAUM+ZEIT artists’ collective, which creates stage productions and installations that toy with the logic of a consistent space-time continuum and the inner world of perception.

    Helga Nowotny is professor emerita at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and former president of the European Research Council (ERC). Her books Eigenzeit [Time: The Modern and Postmodern Experience] (1987) and Eigenzeit. Revisited (2016) have been translated into several languages. Helga Nowotny has been a member of the International Society for the Study of Time for many years and was its president from 1992 to 1995.

  • 5.30pm Archive of the Future

    Table talks with the day’s experts

    The day’s experts become the hosts of small think-tanks discussing various issues, propositions and demands as part of an exchange process with the participants. In the course of the discussions – as the lab session’s provisional and fragile findings – a collective (sound) archive gradually emerges in keeping with the theme of the day, growing day by day. What was said and thought? What remains? What will be of relevance tomorrow? What needs to be done?

    Language German and English

  • all-day echo / ghost III – Niemand träumt, was ihn*sie nichts angeht

    Audiowalk by and with Institut für Sprachkunst / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    It’s only on the way to the train that it becomes clear: travelling through space is not enough; the remains of the day demand a destination that lies beyond. The important things that still had to be said need to travel a space-less path. Hurry along: there is someone behind you. Faster, for only the storytellers can escape.

    Young authors present four audio walks based on the archive concept. On each of the four days, a different literary work of art invites participants to view familiar surroundings with new eyes. The focus is on the question of historiography as a creative, entertaining, but also violent act, and on what the authors’ writing might look like if it were able to gain access to back rooms, to examine the back of pictures in order to reshuffle the deck for the future.

    Language German

    By Lennart Kos, Institut für Sprachkunst (Gerhild Steinbuch) / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    Lennart Kos was born in Siegen in 1995. After graduating from school in 2013, he worked at the Osnabrück Theatre for more than two years before moving to the Bielefeld Theatre as assistant director in 2015. Kos has been studying language arts in Vienna since 2019.

  • all-day Between celebrating and capturing a festival

    Installation by Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN / University of Art and Design, Linz

    Part of the Festwochen archive is actually on site, among the festival visitors themselves. ‘Do touch!’ is the motto: hands are allowed to reach in, pull out, open, twist, turn, examine – and perforate. The four-day interactive installation examines the archive’s holes, gaps, and the spaces in between. What is being kept? What is being discarded? How can an archive be brought to life in terms of performance? So get the ticker tape ready: the moment is about to tip into the future.

    By and with students and lecturers of Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN (Larissa Meyer, Ton Matton, Franziska Schink) / University of Art and Design, Linz

12 September
UNPREDICTABLE PRACTICE(S) Sunday 1pm to 7pm

How does the festival of the future go about taking the plunge into the unknown, but with a sense of curiosity and fun? How does it trigger open-ended processes, create flexible production conditions, and encourage artists to take risks? Artists explore the requirements and conditions of creative output, with assistance from art collectors, ethicists, and plant philosophers.

Following the day programme, MITTEN am Abend offers keynotes, performances and music with free admission.

  • 1pm Fantasmical Anatomies for the Future IV

    Performance by Anne Juren

    With her Fantasmical Anatomies series, choreographer Anne Juren has for years been exploring the power of embodied knowledge. The body can be understood not just as an archive and memory. For Juren it is the only place to think about and sense the future. Fantasmical Anatomies for a Future is a series of corporeal lessons as poetic, fantastic and speculative choreographies that mark the start of every single day. So what does the future feel like?

    Language English

    By and with Anne Juren

    Viennese choreographer, dancer, and performer Anne Juren is originally from Grenoble. Since 2015 she has been developing artistic works as part of her ongoing therapeutic and choreographic research that expands the concept of choreography by incorporating the body in various physical, poetic and speculative experiences. A Feldenkrais practitioner, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Stockholm University of the Arts.

  • 1.30pm Thinks today, ready tomorrow

    Discourse with students and lecturers of Institut für Kunst- und Wissenstransfer / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    How does a festival represent an idea? How does an artistic production create a community? What grows in the shadows cast by beacons of light? Based on Wiener Festwochen events (Das tiefe Kehlchen by Martin Kippenberger 1991, and Bitte liebt Österreich by Christoph Schlingensief 2000) and other examples of community-building artistic productions, artists and theorists examine the spectrum that lies between uniqueness and interchangeability, between forum and elite, between quality and sham – as well as the question of what the festival means in the name of the institution that has dedicated itself entirely to its city: ‘Immortal Vienna’, as it was once again called in 1951.

    Language German

    By and with students and lecturers of Institut für Kunst- und Wissenstransfer (Götz Leineweber) / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

  • 3pm Tandem-Talks

    with Claudia Bosse & Michael Marder and Ash Bulayev & Piergiorgio Pepe

    Artists meet up with experts of their choice in a series of public talks. Who will they be inviting to reflect together on the festival of the future? In an unpredictable encounter, the two will meet publicly for the first time and search for common visions, but from very different perspectives.

    Claudia Bosse in conversation with Michael Marder
    Ash Bulayev in conversation with Piergiorgio Pepe

    Language German and English

    Claudia Bosse is the director of theatercombinat, a production company specialising in independent performance and theatre art whose space-specific works take on different forms and are created over time periods ranging from one week to four years in cities such as Vienna, Tunis, Cairo, Jakarta and New York. She sees her choreographies as the art of a temporary community, addressing history and exploring utopian ideas. Since 2011, she has also been creating installation works that deal with archives and collections.

    Michael Marder is IKERBASQUE Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. His writings span the fields of phenomenology, political thought and ecological theory. He is the author of numerous articles and books on environmental philosophy including Plant-Thinking. A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (2013) and The Philosopher’s Plant (2014).

    Ash Bulayev is a curator, producer and artist of contemporary performance and time-based visual arts. He is the director of Onassis AiR, a residency program in Athens supporting artistic process towards a less product-obsessed arts ecosystem. Since 2015 he has been involved in researching new models for an art practice which has become increasingly trans-national and borderless.

    Piergiorgio Pepe is an ethics practitioner and art collector. He has advised companies and institutions on ethics since 2018 and is also active in academia (Sciences Po, INSEAD, Seton Hall), teaching courses on business ethics and ethics in the art sector. Piergiorgio has been collecting art with his partner Iordanis Kerenidis since 2006. The Kerenidis Pepe Collection encompasses acquisitions, exhibitions and research on the ethics of collecting. Piergiorgio strives to practice collecting as a public, reflective, socially responsible endeavor.

  • 5.30pm Archive of the Future

    Table talks with the day’s experts

    The day’s experts become the hosts of small think-tanks discussing various issues, propositions and demands as part of an exchange process with the participants. In the course of the discussions – as the lab session’s provisional and fragile findings – a collective (sound) archive gradually emerges in keeping with the theme of the day, growing day by day. What was said and thought? What remains? What will be of relevance tomorrow? What needs to be done?

    Language German and English

  • all-day echo / ghost IV – Da ist nichts

    Audiowalk by and with Institut für Sprachkunst / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

    Imagine: Empty spaces in the archive, gaps within the space. Absence becomes the urban image (which we fall into) of an ephemeral appearance (yes?), the web that cocoons the body (time and again) and penetrates it (oh), spitting part of it out, making it the archive of the absent itself. FALLOW FELLOW FOLLOW. The body is seen (Which one). The body is forgotten (Which one). The body is threatened (Which one). The body is touched (Which one).

    Young authors present four audio walks based on the archive concept. On each of the four days, a different literary work of art invites participants to view familiar surroundings with new eyes. The focus is on the question of historiography as a creative, entertaining, but also violent act, and on what the authors’ writing might look like if it were able to gain access to back rooms, to examine the back of pictures in order to reshuffle the deck for the future.

    A smartphone and headphones are required for the audio walk.

    Sprache Deutsch

    By Valerie Prinz, Alicia Emil Huppenkothen, Leonie Lorena Wyss, Institut für Sprachkunst (Gerhild Steinbuch) / Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien Sound Design Ronja Fröhlich Voice Cosima Baum

    Valerie Prinz, Alicia Emil Huppenkothen and Leonie Lorena Wyss are currently studying at the Institute for Language Arts in Vienna. DA IST NICHTS [IT'S NOTHING] is their first collaboration, in which they explore the experience of corporeality in the public space from queer-feminist perspectives. They believe they’d be really good at table tennis even though they’ve yet to play together.

  • all-day Between celebrating and capturing a festival

    Installation by Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN / University of Art and Design, Linz

    Part of the Festwochen archive is actually on site, among the festival visitors themselves. ‘Do touch!’ is the motto: hands are allowed to reach in, pull out, open, twist, turn, examine – and perforate. The four-day interactive installation examines the archive’s holes, gaps, and the spaces in between. What is being kept? What is being discarded? How can an archive be brought to life in terms of performance? So get the ticker tape ready: the moment is about to tip into the future.

    By and with students and lecturers of Studiengang raum&designSTRATEGIEN (Larissa Meyer, Ton Matton, Franziska Schink) / University of Art and Design, Linz

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HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
HILDESHEIM COLLECT(IVE) +++ The lab in a blog. Every day, new reports, photos and videos from the students of the University of Hildesheim +++ Read the blog +++
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