2010 II

2010 I



Phase 1 // September-December 2009

Presentations and Discussions

Pic.: One among many shops in the Isola district in Milan, whose shutters have been designed by Isola Art Center.

>>     Isola Art Center

With guests from Milan: Berth Theis and Mariette Schlitz
Moderation: Oliver Ressler

19 November 2009, 8 p.m.
Where: < rotor >, Volksgartenstraße 6a, 8010 Graz

The Isola Art Center is an outstanding art initiative dealing with urban development and city district field work. Founded in 2001 the center operates in the Milan district of the same name - Isola. In 2003 a former factory building at the heart of the district was occupied and subsequently put to intensive cultural use. In 2007 the building was cleared falling prey to the intentions of the Milan city government and a Texan real estate development agency. Yet the activists didn't bury their heads in the sand but decided to continue their work. Since then a number of projects have been developed in cooperation with initiatives from the Isola district and beyond.

Photos of the presentation

The history and the future of the Annenstrasse

Direction of the research project: Ulrich Tragatschnig and Monika Stromberger, Institut für Stadt- und Baugeschichte der TU Graz www.stadt-geschichte.tugraz.at/projekte

The special situation of this formerly „upscale main shopping mile”, which not only for the city of Graz but for the entire Styrian region, or even for the Slovenian-Styrian region has been in the centre of attention, is the starting point of this research project whose initial phase is devoted to the collection of statistical, visual and textual material and the creation of concepts for future collaborations.

Results of the student projects: http://www.annenstrasse.info

Abb.: Snapshot of the performance of the students in Annenstraße


Direction of the workshops: Nicole Pruckermayr, Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst der TU Graz

The Annenstraße and the Annenviertel are on everyone’s lips, with a negative aftertaste for the most part: everything is vacant, the grand boulevard is a thing of the past … this is what the tabloids say. But is the here and now really so negative? Isn’t it indeed a very diverse and interesting hood? Isn’t this the place where much more can be discovered than elsewhere in Graz?