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Eröffnung | 23.01.2020, 18.00 h
Ausstellungsdauer | 23.01.2020 - 26.01.2020
Ort | Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Hauptgebäude, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien, EG, Kern N und 1. UG, SR01.12.20, Media Labor

Institut für Kunst und Architektur


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HITZE TAKES COMMAND is the annual project 2019/2020 of the IKA, Institute for Art and Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

HITZE TAKES COMMAND is an attempt to understand a phenomenon that was previously an exceptional situation and has since become the new normal, with unlimited potential for escalation.

HITZE TAKES COMMAND is a reaction to increasing climate shifts, the contours of which became visible in the past century and are now extremely critical.

HITZE TAKES COMMAND is a reaction to the publication Urban Heat Islands – Strategy Plan Vienna. The IKA wants to juxtapose this strategy plan with projects from an architectural and artistic perspective, both in a supportive and a productively critical sense.

HITZE TAKES COMMAND and the curriculum: Are our curricula heat-appropriate? Is our education such that students and teachers develop the knowledge needed to deal with heat phenomena and climate change?

HITZE TAKES COMMAND is the result of an in-depth debate. Structurally, the title alludes to Sigfried Giedion’s book Mechanization Takes Command. The title is ambiguous. On the one hand, it means that heat has taken the helm. On the other hand, it means that heat requires control. 

With the generous support by IMMOBILIEN PRIVATSTIFTUNG.