Into the City

Island of Unpredictable Thinking

© Ines Bacher
© Ines Bacher
© Coline Robin
© Elvedin Klacar
© Michael Heindl
© Amoako Boafo
© Carla Bobadilla
© Iris Andraschek/Hubert Lobnig
© Kamen Stoyanov
© Marlene Hausegger
© Natalie Deewan
© Ovidio Anton
© Petja Dimitrova
© Sophie Dvorak
© Magdalena Fischer
© Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
© Wendelin Pressl
© Anna Witt
© Aldo Giannotti
© Kollektiv Fischka Kramar
© Alfred Pfoser
© Lisl Ponger
© Coline Robin
© Petr Kovalenkov. Dreamstime
Archipelago. Insel des unvorhersehbaren Denkens (Archipelago. Island of Unpredictable Thinking) is an artistic project in Vienna’s main public library. The library, which is frequented by thousands of people every day, serves as a place for thought processes and forms the centre of the project. What issues are these people currently reflecting on? What are they reading and what are they looking for? What unexpected connections arise between the people and the media they use in the library?
The artworks on display in the main library, as well as the performances, films, workshops and discursive items on the programme, focus on the significance of a pulsating mental space, as represented by the main library, which can be likened to a steamboat being carried downstream with the current of the city.
Édouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation forms an important starting point for the project. The Martinican writer, poet and philosopher uses the word »archipelic« to describe a »non-systematic, inductive way of thinking, exploring the unforeseen of the world-totality«.
Works by Vienna-based artists are displayed in the interior and the exterior of the library. In a centrally located studio, Škart, an artist collective from Belgrade, produces news and messages coming from the archipelago of daily streams of thoughts.
The exhibition’s accompanying programme includes a film series, talks and educational formats, as well as workshops for users, visitors and staff of the main library.

Works by Iris Andraschek / Hubert Lobnig, Ovidiu Anton, Amoako Boafo, Carla Bobadilla, Natalie Deewan, Petja Dimitrova / ARA, Sophie Dvořák, Eva Engelbert, Aldo Giannotti, Marlene Hausegger, Michael Heindl, Elvedin Klačar, Ebru Kurbak, Tatiana Lecomte, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Lisl Ponger, Wendelin Pressl, Kamen Stoyanov, Sophie Utikal, Anna Witt

The INFOTHEK/E in the foyer of the main library serves as an information desk and exchange platform in the run-up to and during the exhibition Archipelago. Adina Camhy, Robin Klengel and Coline Robin designed it to resemble a living room that can be drawn and written on. The artists interact with users, visitors and library employees: What happens in the library? What kind of people come here? What are they looking for and what do they find? The results of these encounters are literally written into the room and can be viewed and expanded at all times. The INFOTHEK/E also offers information on events and workshops as well as the specially established Archipelago library.

Designed by
Adina Camhy, Robin Klengel, Coline Robin
Venue foyer of the main library

For the duration of the exhibition there will be an ATELIER in the foyer of the main library: a workshop for writing, drawing and printing. Visitors can put their thoughts, observations and insights from the main library to paper. The words are then sent off – Words Shuttle! Pupils from the media school Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt are always on site to provide assistance. The Belgrade-based group Škart, together with literary guests and interested visitors, reproduce news and messages coming from the archipelago of daily thought streams on printing presses. The tools and numerous materials are kindly provided by the Graphische.

Organised by
Guests Ibrahim Amir, Puneh Ansari, Muhammet Ali Baş, Seher Çakir, Walter Ego,
Lydia Haider, Mercedes Kronberger, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Yasmo, u. a.
foyer of the main library

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