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PRESENTATION & PANEL DISCUSSION
THURSDAY MAY 24, 07:00 PM
Vienna-based group WochenKlausur, whose project WochenKlausur Features, New York (USA) is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's tenth anniversary exhibition, Our Haus, will give an on-site presentation of their work. Claudia Eipeldauer and Alon Schwabe from Wochenklausur will be joined by Sam Holleran, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); Anita Durst, Founder of Chashama; Quilian Riano, WhoOwnSpace; and others with whom they have met during their week long residency.
The discussion will be moderated by New York based interdisciplinary artist and cultural cartographer, Lize Mogel.
From May 20 to May 27, 2012, WochenKlausur has set up an office in the ACFNY Gallery's Upper Mezzanine. Here they have been meeting with New York-based organizations, associations, interest groups, and activists who deal with issues of housing and the urban built environment. For the rest of the exhibition period, WochenKlausur will turn over their office in the gallery to these organizations. Come and hear what programs might develop, and participate in the discussion.
The intention to to present an overview of contemporary theories, positions, practices, and strategies to deal with housing and public space in New York.
The artist collective WochenKlausur has been developing concrete proposals aimed at small, but nevertheless effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies since 1993. Proceeding even further and invariably translating these proposals into action, artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society. The core team of WochenKlausur consists of 8 artists who have all participated in multiple projects. WochenKlausur's office is housed in a former storefront in Vienna.
The prerequisite for every intervention is an invitation by an art institution which provides WochenKlausur with an infrastructural framework and cultural capital. The exhibition space itself serves as a studio from which the intervention is conducted. The name WochenKlausur could be translated as "weeks of closure". The German word Klausur is related to the English words enclosure, seclusion and cloister. The group's projects are collective efforts that take place in the concentrated atmosphere of a closed-session working situation.