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Geile Knoten

22.October 2022, 12-18 h

22.October 2022, 12-18 h

Transportation hubs in Vienna

A project in the context of the focus Academy | Art | Public Sphere at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

The project critically examines Vienna's major transportation hubs, which have become catalysts for gentrification, the displacement of low-income classes and disruptive groups from public spaces.

Tomash Schoiswohl with Serena Abbondanza, Alessandro Albrecht, Theo Bartenberger, Tabea Briggs, Oke Fijal, Seung Yeon Jung, Soohoon Lee, Philipp Mürling, Jieun Park, Amelie Schlaeffer, Teresa Gartler and others

20 years ago, ÖBB put up a poster saying: You appreciate order. So do we! With periods and exclamation marks. No question about it. The major train stations and other transportation hubs in Vienna have changed fundamentally. Today, they are shopping malls with sidings. 

Vienna's major transport hubs are catalysts of gentrification, the displacement of low-income classes and disruptive groups from central locations, from public space. Everyone is pulling in the same direction: city, police, transport companies, investors, architects, newspapers. What about social institutions, art, playgrounds, second hand stores at the traffic junction?

The project Geile Knoten critically examines traffic nodes in Vienna, which, deprived of their social protection and safety function, only serve car traffic and neoliberal economic aspects, and counters these with positive, playful and socially useful node models and forms in an artistic discourse: Sitting on knots, making knots, continuing to work on knots.

The project is deliberately kept open. It is conceived and carried out by students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna together with Tomash Schoiswohl. Everyone can participate. The project will conclude with a day of action and an exhibition at a selected Viennese traffic junction. October 22, 2022.

Artists: Serena Abbondanza, Alessandro Albrecht, Theo Bartenberger, Tabea Briggs, Oke Fijal, Seung Yeon Jung, Soohoon Lee, Philipp Mürling, Jieun Park, Amelie Schlaeffer, Teresa Gartler, et al.

Project Responsible: Tomash Schoiswohl

Website: https://www.geileknoten.com
Contact: info@geileknoten.com

Concept: Geile Knoten