Open Space – Verein für ein neues Forum von Kunst und visueller Kultur aims to bring diverse creative practices together to encourage exchange and joint projects with its visual arts programme within its long established history in Vienna. The programme of Open Space intends to explore the future, generating new ideas to improve cross-border as well as critical dialogues to facilitate new kinds of creative connections that are concerned with interconnected routes within the European space in which a certain creative agenda offers new potentials in the field of contemporary art.
Open Space is happy to announce its coming programme:
The ARTSLAB curator Vasilena Gankovska considers home in the context of different ideas, which appear in one’s mind when thinking about the term. It can be a house, a flat, a city structure or the family members all together in their physical experience. This is where the utopian projects about the house of the future or communal living become questionable by linking them to a visual analysis that functions as the initial point of departure for the curatorial choice.
The film and video screening project From a Place of Darkness deals with recent phenomena in history that affect personal stories, which are sometimes deprived of any notion of progress and conjure up our innermost fears dating back to ancient times and pushing us to where we reluctantly, with a critical eye, face the fact that “an unexamined life is not worth living” - in an exploration of a rather difficult question of “waking life.”
This screening programme explores the topic of Dislocations – the Desert of the Social addressing the total devastation appearing as a result of the processes of neoliberalism or more precisely necrocapitalism, fascism and racism / racialisation that are the realities of Europe, as well as the reflection of global power relations. Three films in this programme question the possibilities of struggle (class, race and gender) and / or which new political subjectivities could emerge in such conditions. Not only in its content but also in the specific formats and artistic and research strategies used each of the works in this concise programme explores relevant artistic, theoretical and cinematic responses to the present conditions of life and labour.
The Open Space programme is supported by:
Stadtteilkultur, Interkulturalität und Internationale Angelegenheiten
Kulturabteilung (Magistratsabteilung 7) – Bildende Kunst
With additional kind support provided by:
Istanbul Bilgi University