OPEN HOUSE focuses on the status of art and the public sphere today. Special attention is devoted to the rapid transformations of urban space, which have had a lasting influence on critical art practice in recent years. Starting from the city of Linz and its situation of wide-scale rebuilding as a model case, art projects are presented that reflect on urban space as a stage for global economicization and as a laboratory for alternative business models, and as a location in the charged field in between an official understanding of history and subversive appropriation.
Urban spaces that were formerly defined as public and used that way, have gradually been transformed into a Cinecittā of modernist and postmodern architecture, the motor of which is driven by the interests of big business and spectacle. Parallel to continuously optimized navigation systems of illuminated advertisements and signposts, consumer statistics and diagrams of movement become increasingly significant, ultimately converging in new forms of surveillance technology and the conception of increasingly complex security measures.
Artists and collectives were invited to take part in the exhibition, who pose the concept of the urban public sphere, the production of visual images in public space, or the possibilities of artistic interventions for discussion with their own forms of expression, thus dealing with relevant themes going beyond the field of art.
The O.K becomes a magnetic field of confrontations and forms of communication at the nexus of visual art and social practice, leading into the field of action of the city.
Big Hope - 'Talking about Economies' COMMONOPOLY
Olaf Arndt & Rob Rob Moonen
Michael Blum - Monument to the Birth of the 20th Century
Candice Breitz - FREE KUNST
Harun Farocki - The Creators of Shopping Worlds
Andrea Geyer - Parallax, 2003
Gregor Graf - hidden town - verborgene Stadt
LIGNA - Radio Ballet
Marko Lulic - Linz - The Most German City in Austria
Oliver Ressler - ALTERNATIVE ECONOMICS, ALTERNATIVE SOCIETIES
Andrea van der Straeten - Was ich gehört habe, 2004
Silke Wagner - PICKNICKTABLE
Mark Lombardi - Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Reagan, Bush, Thatcher and the Arming of Iraq.
A catalogue of the exhibition will be published.
March 26/27, 2004
OPEN WEEKEND. LIVED CONDITIONS
Discussion, Video and Music in Conjunction with "Open House"