2010 II

2010 I



Phase 1 // September-December 2009


The Art of Urban Intervention

Pravdoliub Ivanov, Transformation Always Takes Time And Energy, 1998

The projects starts with the following artists and activists at the mentioned locations:
Paola di Bello, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Anri Sala, Tere Recarens......< rotor >
Joanna Rajkowska......Premises of the Building Authority
Isa Rosenberger.....Association Women's Service Graz BijaRi......Annenstrasse
Marusa Sagadin......Chamber of Labour
Kristina Leko......plauderBar at ISOP
Die Villa, in der wir wohnen......City Library Zanklhof
Pia Lanzinger......die Scherbe
Katarzyna Winiecka......blendend Concept Store, Bookshop Wendepunkt, Café Restaurant Demiri, Pizzeria Santa Lucia, Café Park
Rebikel / Raketa.....Load carrying tricycle
Stefan Schmitzer / Karin Lernbeiß / Verena Michelitsch.....Annenpost
A multilingual team......Voices from Annenviertel. The Helsinki Hood Radio
A growing archive: ICA-Sofia, Isola Art Center, The Blue House, UJEP, Urban Festival......< rotor >

Photos of the opening
Photos of the exhibition

What is shown in this exhibition is art engaged in certain processes in cities and city districts, with urban development and participation in these processes. It may take on the form of art documenting and analyzing the status quo, or of art creating clear images for at times highly complex processes and contexts, or, last but not least, of some sort of “art that seeks us out”, an art that comes to the people and involves them in the artwork.
But what is it that art can achieve in the urban space? Especially if what we have is an area that is faced with permanent changes or, partly, even massive transformations, city districts which are characterized by a more and more diversified population where business life, cultural life and the institutional landscape show a dynamics that is prone to redefine all traditional conceptions of a European city. What art can do is communicate things and raise awareness. It can unveil otherwise invisible existing structures and form new networks. And it can make those people heard who otherwise often remain unheard.