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Theatercombinat at souterrain/marani, Vienna

2014, 2015

a transdisciplinary salon about working methods

let's talk about work, honey! is a transdisciplinary salon about working methods of artists and other practitioners who live and work in vienna. artists of different genres are invited by claudia bosse to invite other practitioners. Each invitee is presenting his/her working method on the basis of one or more works he/her is actually dealing with. it's about outlining the interests and to sketch the blind spots of their own methods.

the invitee invites the second guest. 2 different working methods are therefore presented in a self determined experimental format on one evening. objects, performative fragments, projections, sound etc. afterwards a direct dialogue should question the particular practice and open up an exchange with the present guests. the invited artist decides on the setting and becomes the curator of a salon.

first salon
klaus schafler (artist) inviting christian teckert (architect)
27.November 2014

what are artistic strategies to spatialize research and phenomena of change? and why should that be an agenda of art? how can this entanglement of the curators work, artistic production and spatial strategies of representing and showing take place?

klaus schafler is an artist and focuses in his installations and video works on ambivalent public phenomena and the spatialization of change. he is co-initiator of grammar of urgencies. his works are about the future on the border of reality, of what is going to happen and maybe is going to be. born in graz, living in vienna.

christian teckert is an architect, curator and a professor for spatial strategies at muthesius kunsthochschule, kiel. founded office of cognitive urbanism in 1999 and in 2001 as-if berlin wien. he is the editor and author of many books and essays in the field of art, visual culture, urbanism and spatial theories.

eighth salon
sabine bitter & helmut weber (visual artists)inviting maren richter (curator)
1.December 2015

sabine bitter, helmut weber and maren richter speculate on what it means to live in a time of 'great transitions', to work in this time and, especially, to be stretched to one's limits and that we are  finally detaching from postmodernism as leftover-paradigm. this liminal condition of 'neither this nor that' is paved through several planetary causal crises. it unravels the success story of linear growth at the moment where situations evolve that force us to present our contradictories. which temporality, which spaces and which processes of spatialization do we attribute to these moments? is it possible to develop curatorial and artistic methods out of this 'not yet knowing'? how do we (re-)act to declining intervals of challenges - their realities, fictions, frictions and everday utopias? the evening is a manoeuvre through blind alleys and potentials of a critical visuality (research and image politics) of transition by reference to own and exemplary other works.

maren richter is curator and, when time allows it, art critic. she dedicates herself to present states of transition of society, politics, the planet, especially when it comes to ad-hoc strategies and vulnerabilities confronting with rhetorics of growth and logics of repairing of a resilience politics. amongst others she works on the research project "grammar of urgencies", an artistic-scientific experimental arrangement dealing with radical experimenting in the "anexakt".


sabine bitter and helmut weber are artists based in vancouver and vienna who work on projects about urban geographies and politics of space and representation since 1994. in their contributions for long-term research projects such as global prayers or self made urbanism rome they work in photo and video on moments and logics of the global urban change appearing in the city, in architecture, in neighbourhoods and in daily life. in 2004 they founded the artistic research collective "urban subjects" together with jeff derksen, current project: the militant image.

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