Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saprophyt/ Installation view Jenni Tischer, Alle eure Farben, June 2009
Saprophyt is a very new art space founded by two young Austrian artists, Barbara Kapusta and Stephan Lugbauer in Vienna in August, 2008. Someone says artist-run initiatives are like generational phenomenon and almost all ambitious artists in the beginning of their career would similarly make their own space. Stephan Lugbauer talks about his ideas and thoughts about Saprophyt, named after a kind of fungi which live on dead matters. 51 min, English.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Depot of Disappearance is a text-based installation that addresses issues of memory, space and cultural policy. It takes as its focus an independent arts organization, Depot, which was located in the MuseumsQuartier during 1994-2001. Fragments of personal memory and knowledge (or ignorance), be they contradictory or consistent, of Depot during this period from diverse individuals collectively suggest a metaphor for the independent cultural development in the times of socio-political changes. To recall the immediate past is neither a relief from fear of disappearance or a pursuit for nostalgia. Instead, it is to contemplate disappearance in its own right. In fact, Depot continues to exist behind the MuseumsQuartier today.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I know so little about film. When I was searching for those speakers who gave talks in Depot, Vienna 10 years, Lisa Devereaux Kernan was one of them. I googled her in the hope to get her email contacts to ask her for memory sketches of Depot. But the first page I got about her was in memory of her. Suddenly a very strange sense of time came to my mind, something really really intense.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
It happened that《二十一世紀》the magazine published by Chinese University was editing an essay on cultural districts by Desmond Hui and looked for illustrations. As I am doing the artist-in-residency at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, I served as a volunteer photographer. A bit touristic in terms of the atmosphere, I guess that's the planner of the WKCD would also like to make! But here many are also locals.