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Opening: Fabian Seiz – Exact Secrets

Event Label
Exhibition opening
Organisational Units
University Library
Location Address (1)
Schillerplatz 3
Location ZIP and/or City (1)
1010 Vienna
Location Room (1)
University Library (Reading room, M7)

Opening of an exhibition on the polarity of form and content, the essence of secrets, memory, and material by Fabian Seiz as part of the Academy Library‘s Wer A.. sagt series.

“The library (...), infinite memory of non-reading and forgetting (‘l'oublire’). The library (...) or all that it represents and concentrates here in the infinite and endlessly coming readership and concentrates, must therefore admit not to understand (comprendre) what it contains (comprend).” *

Elsewhere, for example in (fictional) literature, the library stands as a metaphor for knowledge and is attributed to cultural memory as a place of thinking and the informed ordering of what is thought.
Reduced to its materiality in its function as a exhibition space, the form of the historical space initially pushes itself into the foreground.
The medial pointing or pointing to immaterial (spiritual) content is successful when what is available is individually chosen, sorted and organised to create a new form of meaning.

In the exhibition Exact Secrets, Fabian Seiz shows objects that stand as reformed and reformulated material witnesses to his collections and orders. Through the expressive movements of cutting, sawing, milling, and gluing, he manifests and layers his memory into the material. The works created in this way refer symbolically and impressively to what is separate from them, to the precisely outlined secrets of thought.

Patrizia Wiesner-Ledermann

* Jacques Derrida: Genesen, Genealogien, Genres und das Genie. Die Geheimnisse des Archivs. Wien: Passagen Verlag, 2006. 39.

Fabian Seiz
Born in Vienna in 1975. 1993–1999 studied painting and printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Gunter Damisch. From 2001 three-dimensional works. Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. 

Ten exact questions about ten exact secrets
18 Jan 2024, 4 p.m.

A conversation between the artist Fabian Seiz and Patrizia Wiesner-Ledermann about the works on display at the A...cademy Libray as part of the Rundgang 2024.

Duration of the exhibition: 18.01.–01.03.2024
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Wed 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opening hours Rundgang 2024: Thu, 18.01., 4–8 p.m., Fri, 19.01., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Talk: 18.01.2024, 4 p.m.
Closed: 05.–18.02.2024 (Semester break)
Admission free

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