Archipelago. Insel des unvorhersehbaren
Denkens (Archipelago. Island of Unpredictable Thinking) is an artistic
project in Vienna’s main public library. The library, which is frequented
by thousands of people every day, serves as a place for thought processes
and forms the centre of the project. What issues are these people currently
reflecting on? What are they reading and what are they looking for? What
unexpected connections arise between the people and the media they use
in the library?
The artworks on display in the main library, as well as the performances,
films, workshops and discursive items on the programme, focus on the significance
of a pulsating mental space, as represented by the main library, which
can be likened to a steamboat being carried downstream with the current
of the city.
Édouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation forms an
important starting point for the project. The Martinican writer, poet
and philosopher uses the word "archipelic" to describe a "non-systematic,
inductive way of thinking, exploring the unforeseen of the world-totality".
Works by Vienna-based artists are displayed in the interior and the exterior
of the library. In a centrally located studio, Škart, an artist collective
from Belgrade, produces news and messages coming from the archipelago
of daily streams of thoughts.
The exhibition’s accompanying programme includes a film series,
talks and educational formats, as well as workshops for users, visitors
and staff of the main library.
In the frame of Wiener
Festwochen / Into the City
The INFOTHEK/E in the foyer of the main library
serves as an information desk and exchange platform in the run-up to and
during the exhibition Archipelago. Adina Camhy, Robin Klengel
and Coline Robin designed it to resemble a living room that can be drawn
and written on. The artists interact with users, visitors and library
employees: What happens in the library? What kind of people come here?
What are they looking for and what do they find? The results of these
encounters are literally written into the room and can be viewed and expanded
at all times. The INFOTHEK/E also offers information on events and workshops
as well as the specially established Archipelago library.
Designed by Adina Camhy, Robin Klengel, Coline
Venue: foyer of the main library
For the duration of the exhibition there will be an ATELIER
in the foyer of the main library: a workshop for writing, drawing
and printing. Visitors can put their thoughts, observations and insights
from the main library to paper. The words are then sent off – Words
Shuttle! Pupils from the media school Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr-
und Versuchsanstalt are always on site to provide assistance. The Belgrade-based
group Škart, together with literary guests and interested visitors, reproduce
news and messages coming from the archipelago of daily thought streams
on printing presses. The tools and numerous materials are kindly provided
by the Graphische.
Organised by Škart
Guests: Ibrahim Amir, Puneh Ansari, Muhammet
Ali Baş, Seher Çakir, Walter Ego, Lydia Haider, Mercedes Kronberger,
Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Yasmo, u. a. Venue: foyer
of the main library