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Cooking the city – artists as contingency architects

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Projectspace Creative Cluster Traktorfabrik, Louis-Häfliger-Gasse 12, Object 33, 1210 Wien

Participating artists: Mano Krach, Swarnaly Mitra Rini, Shuvo Rafiqul, Miae Son, Alexandra Tatar
An exhibition curated by Alexandra Tatar within the frame of ArtStart_Studio, alumni study program of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

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“Contingency is, quite simply, the fact that things could be otherwise than they are.”
William Rasch , Niklas Luhmann’s Modernity: The Paradoxes of Differentiation

Thinking of the city as a space produced by the interaction of historically and geographically specific institutions, social relations of reproduction, practices of government, forms and media of communication and so forth (James Donald), five artistic positions, engaging tangentially with such topics in their work are being presented. Vienna becomes in this scenario merely the ‘kitchen’ where the participating artists currently live (or have lived). Its specificity is not researched directly, but the city is looked at as a representation, an “imagined environment” (James Donald), of course without denying the factors contributing to Vienna’s status as a global city (Saskia Sassen’s concept). The works presented are inter-switching perspectives and open up various pathways of reading the triangle city, space and its inhabitants (the social body), altering poetical, metaphorical views with frontal experiences of the city space as a migrant or becoming-subject or simply as a flaneur.

Artists Biographies:

Mano Krach , born in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Currently master student of Peggy Buth at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig; Diploma Degree in Fine Art 2018 at HGB Leipzig, studied expanded cinema with Clemens v. Wedemeyer in Leipzig and post conceptual studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Exhibition selection: Alles ist gut , video-performance in colaboration with Many People Leipzig, Kunstwerke Berlin 2015; diskursloch , Entzaubert Filmfestival, Berlin 2012

Mano Krach, videostill: Subject and the Beast No 6

Swarnaly Mitra Rini, born in Jamalpur, Bangladesh. Studies painting with Hans Ashley Scheirl at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Art Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recent shows include: The decolonial borderland s, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 2017, SubDocumenta , curated by Pedra Costa, Athens museum of queer arts 2017 and You cannot cross the sea merely by staring at the waves , curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna 2016.

Swarnaly Mitra Rini, Untitled, 2018

Shuvo Rafiqul, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently lives and works in Vienna. He started his career as a cricket player before he turned to sculpture, experimented with painting, made films, started to draw and became a leading member of the artist group OGCJM, stirring up the young art scene in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shuvo was part of the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again? , curated by the Delhi-based artist group Raqs Media Collective, Power Station of Art, Shanghai 2016 and took part in Krinzinger Residencies, Hungary this summer.

Shuvo Rafiqul, About Blue 1 , 2017

Miae Son, born in Seoul/South Korea. Studied video and video installation with Dorit Margreiter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, video installation with Jean-François Guiton at the University of Arts Bremen and sculpture at the University of Seoul. Since 2018 member of Golden Pixel Cooperative ( In 2018 she recieves the FrauenFilmTage Vienna short film Award as well as the nomination for the Erste Bank MehrWERT Award and an Art_Start Studio scholarship. Selected shows include: Weißes Licht, short film program Metro-Kino, Video of the Month – das weisse Haus, 2018; Don’t call it off-space! , das weisse haus, 2017; 33rd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, 2016; Filmvorführung Enlight my Space Kunsthalle Bremen, 2015.

Miae Son, videostill: Die Frisur auf der Stadt , 2015

Alexandra Tatar, born in Dej, Romania. Currently PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, on the topic of post-soviet subjectivities. MA in Fine Art from the same university received in 2016 The [physical] [impossibility] of [women] in the [world] of [someone] [living] supervised by Ashley Hans Scheirl. Studies at the University of Art and Design Cluj Napoca, Romania. Recent shows include Nothing Less! 100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht, vbkö Vienna 2018 and Imagination and Conceptual Life , performance with Pedra Costa, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2016.

How to get here: S-Bahn, Station Siemensstraße, then about 7 min walk
Tram 30+31, Station Brünner Straße, then ca 5 min walk
U6, Station Floridsdorf, then 10 min walk

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