Annual Program 12|13
21 September - 28 October 2012
Montag ist erst übermorgen
Young Art on Paper. Acquisitions to the Graphics Collection 1997-2012
Program in the context of the Lange Nacht der Museen | 6 October 2012
Curators: Monika Knofler, Gunter Damisch
Thanks to the generous support of the Gesellschaft der Freunde der bildenden Künste, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has now added contemporary art since 1997 to the Graphics Collection - and with this added to the visual commemoration of the house - with more than seven hundred works by 165 artists. The new acquisitions are captivating with their greatly diverse means of artistic expression, comprising hand-drawings as well as print graphics and photography, including experimental techniques. A selection of the acquisitions will be presented for the first time.
The budget for the acquisitions, made availably by the Gesellschaft der Freunde der bildenden Künste, is dedicated to recent Austrian art, especially that of artists under thirty-five who are alumni of the Academy as well as "related international contributions."
10 November 2012 to 3 February 2013
Rosa Arbeit auf Goldener Straße
An exhibition as part of the project Dildo Anus Macht: Queere Abstraktion
Symposium: 22 - 25 November 2012, Aula
Project leaders and symposium concept: Hans Scheirl, Ruby Sircar
Exhibition curators: Christiane Erharter, Dietmar Schwärzler
The concept "queer" is meanwhile omnipresent and lives from its immanently constructed complexity. What exactly is meant by it remains therefore often unspecific and depends on the users and context. The exhibition project takes as a starting point a definition posited by Judith Halberstam: "queer refers to nonnormative logics and organizations of community, sexual identity, embodiment, and activity in space and time." The exhibition title Rosa Arbeit auf Goldener Straße makes reference to an earlier, disarming short film by Rosa von Praunheim: In Rosa Arbeiter auf Goldener Straße II (1968), a young woman flees from the (former) East block to the West and finds shelter in the bourgeois art milieu. This transgression, also intended in a political sense, is the motif of the exhibition, which also includes works from artists of post-socialist countries. There is still a dominant idea that these countries' queer art production lacks visibility.
The project Dildo Anus Macht: Queere Abstraktion, along with the exhibition Rosa Arbeit auf Goldener Straße, also includes a four-day symposium (22 - 25 November 2012) on the theme of queerness in everyday life and work. Questions on gender relations and difference will be negotiated, as well as questions of post-pornographic and post-colonial content, within the background of material and artistic necessities. Judith/Jack Halberstam, Nikita Dhawan, Tim Stüttgen, Eliza Steinbock, Antke Engel, Gini/i Müller, Maria Llopis, Sushila Mesquita, among others, have been invited as speakers and workshop leaders.
22 March - 28 April 2013
An exhibition in the context of the Art Based Research Project MemScreen
Film conference "2doing Memory – Formen der Erinnerung" (in process of planning)
MemScreen is an Art Based Research Project funded through the PEEK Program of the Austrian Research Fund (FWF). The Project is based at the Research lab for Film and TV at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. It is developed by Tal Adler, Friedemann Derschmidt (project management), Karin Schneider, and Attila Kosa.
MemScreen finds new artistic methods to represent narrations and
memories that are associated with the complex historical connections
between Israel and Austria, Austria and the holocaust. MemScreen is
creating and researching artistic methods to facilitate the translation
of artworks from the Israeli context to the Austrian/European one and
One of our aims is to contribute possible ways of dealing with the question of contextualization that marks a fundamental curatorial problem and is acute in the contemporary debate of new (artistic) curatorship. Connected with this approach, the other aim is to create a Holocaust-connected documentary that would use experimental strategies to represent the “problem of representation.” The way the audience understands our art suggestions in Israel and Austria will also be researched and well though through.
MemScreen is a transnational project and will take place in our partner art institutions in Austria (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) and Israel (Digital Art Center Holon, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, etc.). MemScreen continues our earlier, long-standing and broad scholarly and artistic work on the connection between individual and collective memories (see above film projects and installations of ritesinstitute and artworks of Tal Adler) and the axis Israel-Austria (see above the Tal Adler & ritesinstitute projects). The core team consists of the artists and artist researchers Tal Adler, Attila Kosa, ritesinstitute (Friedemann Derschmidt & Karin Schneider) and the Israeli writer Ilana Schmueli, born in Cherniviz. One pillar of the poroject is the organisation of intense workshops and public lectures at the partner institutions with the board members. This approach will render our process more precise and establish an interdisciplinary discursive and productive field for art-based research about memory, narration and translation in Austria and Israel.
MemScreen defines itself as an archival project. Archive in this sense is not only understood as a fixed data bank but also as a dynamic digital working platform. The digital archive in this context is a tool to initiate effective learning processes for the MemScreen participants (the artist researcher team, partners, board and artists-in-residence) and multiple publics. In the MemScreen archive the narrations, memories, researched artworks, workshop discussions, objects and images are subject to be rearranged and connected with new research questions. These questions develop within our practical experiences.