An exhibition of images, words and music fabricated by, collaged by or channeled by Félicia Atkinson, David Grubbs, Susan Howe, Gerhard Rühm and Toni Schmale
The period of Red Vienna is a well-known and still present component of the city’s history for those familiar with the left-wing ideologies and aspirations of the twentieth century. We are convinced—as the example of present-day Vienna demonstrates—that these aspirations continue to be relevant and useful in today’s sociopolitical situation.
Competition among metropolises: a concept mainly used in various ways and for different criteria such as economic power, quality of life, or creativity. Even art itself is a location factor. The marketing slogan “Vienna is different” has been used to promote the Austrian capital for the past thirty years—a phrase signifying a cosmopolitan city that sets itself apart from common stereotypes and clichés.
In her famous book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, Hannah Arendt no longer analyzes evil merely as a part of an ideology, a worldview, or a system but rather as an everyday phenomenon that can take effect in every fellow human being—and in oneself—due to a lack of willingness to take responsibility for one’s own actions. In her delicate drawings, to be read as thought-images and associations with Hannah Arendt’s texts, Maria Bussmann creates an open commentary on the author’s philosophical writings.
Since her childhood, Simone Fattal has had a strong relationship with the city of Vienna, which is also very much embedded in her family history. Her grandfather, Khalil Fattal, was appointed a dragoman of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Damascus: His job was to help Austrian workers and travelers in Syria.
„Inside Job“ bezeichnet umgangssprachlich einen Diebstahl, der mit Hilfe eines eingeweihten Insiders ausgeführt wird. Gleichzeitig weist der Begriff auf das Konzept von curated by_vienna09 hin: Die teilnehmenden Galerien werden hier zwar in ihrer klassischen Funktion als Ausstellungsorte für Kunst genutzt, sind aber innerhalb von „curated by“ ihrer Programmgestaltung „beraubt“.