Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2022

Diverting the Public Space #2 @ Im_Flieger

Next week, 27th of June and 1st of July we will be back at Im_Flieger to continue our ongoing urban space performative intervention research "Diverting the Public Space" - this time Dutch artist, performer and theater maker Guus Diepenmaat will join our practice. You can attend our activities in a workshop / sharing on both Wednesday and Friday at 18h. More information here.

"The research in public space, which began in the summer of 2021, will continue in 2022. The current Corona pandemic has, among other things, changed and sensitized the perception of public space. The project Diverting the Public Space aims to accompany this transformation in a performative exploratory and supportive way. In Vienna, the Im_flieger runway serves as the starting point for the research.

Through a spectrum of shared physical practices in public space, Diverting the Public Space aims to explore new modes of action and perception, leading to a self-empowerment of the participants and an invitation to dialogue and engagement with passers-by. Together, old patterns of movement in public space will be questioned and a new playful yet critical physicality will be explored. The developed and guided partitions / scores shall give the possibility to deeply inscribe into the public space in a different way and to practice and experience a choreographic perception. The space, transformed into a multifaceted adventure playground (for young and old), is intended to open utopian windows of possibility for a different „merging“ with our human-made, urban environment and the questioning of its norms."

Dienstag, 7. Juni 2022

"The Car & the Modern Concept of the Good Life" - Talk at Vivir Bien Conference

The Centre PROEIB Andes at the University Mayor of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia together with the Max-Weber-Kolleg of the University of Erfurt are organizing a bilingual (English / Spanish) conference about the concept of "The Good Life / Vivir Bien / Sumak Kawsay/Suma Quamana" next week (13th to 16th of June) and I have been invited to give a talk about the car and its exhaust(ed) entanglements with the modern idea of the Good Life.

Find more information and the links to the online sessions of the conference here. 

Below you can find the abstract of my talk.

Living Well with exhaust(ed) entanglements?

The car is perhaps the symbol of the good life in its modern declination. What is called “Modernity” might have started out in Europe with some privileged white men having “enlightened” ideas, but it nowadays has to be regarded as one globalized epistemo-ontological regime that tends to homogenize the planet ever more by means of distributing consumer goods such as the car to ever more regions and corners of the world. For this reason, the term Homogenocene, as proposed by Charles Mann, might be a helpful further specification of the much discussed “Anthropocene” - and the car is one main agent of flattening and paving this planet to an ever more homogeneous habitat for modern humanoids while causing extinction and displacement of many other life forms.

In how far is our modern version of the “good life” toxic? What does it mean if the concepts, ideals and life-forms most of us humans strive for are progressively understood to have a catastrophic ecological effect on the planet? In this talk, I want to address and frame such questions by referring to the concept of “exhaust(ed) entanglements” that I have developed for the eponymous conference I am organizing in May 2022 in Berlin.

While it might be true that “Modernity” as a philosophical, epistemological concept might be somewhat passé (to the extent that some, like Bruno Latour, even declare that “we have never been modern”), the very modern promise of the Good Life seems to live on and continue to attract more and more peoples to this very one modern lifestyle. In the context of the “Good Life”-Conference, I am particularly interested in stimulating a dialogue about these “exhaust(ed) entanglements” with the car, Modernity and its promises of the good life between scholars of Germany (a “fully developed” car nation) and Bolivia (in which car culture isn’t – for good or for worse – developed to a similar degree).

Donnerstag, 2. Juni 2022

Toxic Temple @ FM4 Im Sumpf

This week we have recorded a very in-depth and interesting interview about Toxic Temple for Radio FM4's infamous "Im Sumpf" with Thomas Edlinger (in German). You will be able to hear our answers to some of the more challenging and interesting aspects of our project together with some of our sound collages and favorite tracks this Sunday from 21-23h at Radio FM4 and afterwards on: 

Praise be!

Montag, 30. Mai 2022

Presenting "Visceral Fiction" at depot Vienna

This Thursday, we will have a release event of the book "Visceral Fiction" (edited by Anita Kaya, Johanna Nielson, Elisabeth Schäfer, Agnes Schneidewind and myself) at Vienna's depot. Find more information here.

20 years of artists‘ initiative Im_flieger: VISCERAL FICTION is an investigative review and research in the process of inscribing history/stories in, around and with Im_flieger. Im_flieger is a self-organised, rhizomatic platform and a body for dance, performance and transmedia art.

By means of interviews, conversations, images, and theoretical discourses, an activation of the network took place in a one-year research process, which we designed in analogy to a „detective agency“: People, spaces, artistic works, contents, … The past (even if only a fraction) gained attention, appreciation and relevance in the present.

The detectives, authors and conversation partners Robert Dressler, David Ender, Veza Fernández, Jack Hauser, Michael Hirsch, Sabina Holzer, Katrin Hornek, Kilian Jörg, Anita Kaya, Felix Kaya, Elke Krasny, Simon Mayer, Johanna Nielson, Martina Ruhsam, Elisabeth Schäfer, Sylvia Scheidl, Agnes Schneidewind and Sabine Sonnenschein ask about the discursive potential of self-organization, artistic work, its formats, conditions of production, and about the significance of art and artists‘ organizations and spaces as decentralized movements in the cultural-political field and all the relationships that derive from them. But above all: what kind of poetics does the process of this detective investigation require?

Even if we, artists and curators, cannot solve the major social problems into whose abyss we are currently looking with art, we can at least uncover the mechanisms, hierarchies and structures in and with which we work, become aware of them, change them, refuse them, realise others. Museums and theatres – as traditional, ritual spaces and places of assembly in Western society – serve to rehearse the values that are relevant to each society.

What new rituals and places of assembly does our contemporary society need and what new social order is to be rehearsed?

How can artistic and curatorial creation connect with society, the world, in a different way and become effective?

How can artistic and curatorial practice be developed to build a sustainable dialogue between artists and audiences?

How can artistic practices and methods be experienced as an essential part of our social life together?

How can art no longer be received as a closed system, but be recognised in its interactive research and transformation potential, and become relevant to social issues and processes?

How do we work on the community, on the social order?

It’s not about giving answers. It’s time for a break in the space-time continuum, but, … will you ever be the same when you return?

Kilian Jörg, Anita Kaya, Johanna Nielson, Elisabeth Schäfer, Agnes Schneidewind (eds.), VISCERAL FICTION. Im_flieger hi/stories. 20 years artists for artists, edition monochrom, Vienna 2021

Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2022

Talk about ecological art making at FS1

When I was in Salzburg last month, I was quite spontaneously invited to talk about ecologically motivated artistic interventions at the local TV-station FS1. I was able to speak about performative interventions to hack our toxic normality, the possibility of the arts to change our sensual and affective regimes and - last but not least - the necessity to fight capitalism.
 Here you go:


Freitag, 20. Mai 2022

Toxic Temple MESS - the second (+Book presentation in Vienna)


Tonight, at 17h, the second Toxic Temple MESS starts in Vienna's AIL. As part of the "Lange Nacht der Forschung" Anna Lerchbaumer and me will present the Toxic Temple Book at 20:30 and from then on the MESS (a durational, multi-media and transdisciplinary performance) can be visited everyday (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) from 13-18h. On Monday everything will culminate to a HOLY MESS with concerts, recitations, performances etc. 

Here are some images of our opening event:

Montag, 9. Mai 2022

Interview about EXHAUST(ED) ENTANGLEMENTS Symposium for Skug

Shortly before the "exhaust(ed) entanglements - Overcoming the Auto-Self of the Anthropocene" conference starts this Thursday, I was able to give a little interview of what can be expected to the wonderful SKUG.

Read the interview here.

Find the full program of the conference here.

"Das Bedürfnis nach einem Innenraum wie der Autokarosserie ist eine logische Konsequenz einer im ökologischen wie kulturellen Sinne toxischen Gesellschaft. Um eine nachhaltige Zukunft zu entwickeln, ist es mindestens so wichtig, die toxischen Strukturen dieser Gesellschaft zu bekämpfen, wie die zurzeit meist sehr toxischen Antriebsmotoren dieser Schutzräume zu ersetzen. Denn nur wenn unsere Welt weniger toxisch ist, werden sich Menschen auch weniger in solche automobilen Schutzräume zurückziehen wollen."