Opening:Wednesday, 23 October 2002, 7 pm
Welcome address: Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Introduction: Zdenka Badovinac, Curator
Astrid Steinbrecher: schluss_aufstellung
Performance with 6 drummers (in cooperation with Barrel Grooves)
This year's annual exhibition, ambiguously titled "Schmarotzer" and prepared by the director of the Moderna Galerija Ljubljana Zdenka Badovinac, presents the results of the "Parasite Class" initiated as a curatorial strategy at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The leitmotif of the exhibition relates to this parasitic structure which, on the one hand, is docked with an existing institution, thwarting its objectives, and using it for its own purposes, while it alludes to the "parasite" character of all art practice within the social context on the other.
In several workshops, Zdenka Badovinac's "Parasite Class," which comprises students from various classes of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, has developed the exhibition's thematic focus and come to a decision concerning the selection of works to be shown and the form of presenting them: "Schmarotzer" explores parasitism in terms of active interventions in relatively homogenous systems, of measures opening up spheres of freedom and escape routes inside these systems. The presentation of the show, worked out by students of the Institute of Art and Architecture, is based on some sort of rhizomatic structure of plateaus on different levels, arranged like fields inside a grid with no beginning and no end.
The works shown in the "Schmarotzer" exhibition do not offer new, Utopian spaces of freedom, but rather seek freedom in reorganizing in their own way what already exists, thus testing different artistic parasitic strategies: they focus on new relations between pictures from the media (Manuel Gorkiewicz, Sebastijan Grizun, Peter Nachtigall), play with the usual modes of conveying information, explore how different contexts affect typical art contents and forms, analyze the connections between representative structures and reality (Claudia Mongini) and the relations between identities and cartoon characters (Peter Hochpöchler), add "subjective layers" (Nora Stalzer) or further parasitic cells (Bad Beuys) to the layers of the encountered exhibition installation, put art to the test "live" in various social situations (Eva Egerman/Nikola Winkler, project team "Culturareisen/V12"), investigate all individuality as determined by outside systems (Metka Golec, Gunda Gruber), use existing real situations or concrete actions as the "formal" elements of their works (Udo Bohnenberger, Alexander Wolff), dedicate themselves to the possibilities of relative freedom linked with different forms of organization within existing urban structures (Reval), within the sphere of socially organized time (Matej Modrinjak), of computer technology (Apo.K.), of accepted forms of social interaction (Laura Samaraweerova, Titanilla Eisenhart), of social rituals of exhibition openings (Astrid Steinbrecher), and - last, not least - the context of the architecture (Julia Wieger, Sonia Leimer, Matthias Brandstetter) and the furniture (Lone Haugaard Madsen) of the exhibition "Schmarotzer" itself.
Born 1958 in Slovenia.
Director of Moderna Galerija/ Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana since 1993. Curated numerous exhibitions presenting both Slovene and international artists, e.g. Silence - Contradictory Shapes of Truth (1992) | House in Time (1995) | The Sense of Order (1996) | The Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo 2000. The 1996 Collection - Moderna Galerija Ljubljana | Body and the East - From the 1960s to the Present (1998; 2001: Exit Art, New York) | 2000+. Arteast Collection. The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West (2001: Orangerie Congress, Innsbruck, Austria; 2002: ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany) | unlimited.nl-3, DeAppel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2000) | (un)gemalt, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria (2002).
1993-1997: Slovene Commissioner at the Venice Biennale
2002: Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial
Apo.K. (Julia Seyr, Kerstin von Gabain) | Bad Beuys (Udo Fon, Matthias Götzelmann | Johann Neumeister, Armin Wagner) | Pirmin Blum | Hannes Boeck | Udo Bohnenberger | gruppe concrete (Franz Amann, Anna Artaker, Gernot Nigg, Misha Stroj) | Culturareisen/V12 (Petja Dimitrova, Christoph Euler, Irene Lucas) | Eva Egermann/Nikola Winkler | Titanilla Eisenhart | Metka Golec | Manuel Gorkiewicz | Gunda Gruber | Halt + Boring: Christian Mayer | Peter Hochpöchler | IAL-irrigator:(vs.):b.a.N.g.!!!!! | Matej Modrinjak | Claudia Mongini | Peter Nachtigall | Reval | Laura Samaraweerova | Project group Shabla 2002 (Lazar Lyutakov, Michael Part, Florian Schmidt) | Nora Stalzer | Astrid Steinbrecher | Project group "...THROUGH A WINDOW THAT IS" (David Buob, Stef Burghardt, Susanne Schmidt, Kerstin Zottl) | Alexander Wolff | Nikolaj Zanev
Exhibition architecture: Matthias Brandstetter | Sonia Leimer | Julia Wieger
Exhibition furniture: Lone Haugaard Madsen
Lone Haugaard Madsen: raum # 10 / museum_
Program 1 - 31 October 2002
Translation: Wolfgang Astelbauer <email@example.com>