JOINT CULTURAL ONLINE PROJECT
NO PLACE LIKE THE FUTURE - VIRTUAL VERNISSAGE
THURSDAY, JUN 18 2020
We are pleased to invite you to the virtual closing event of the Austrian-American cultural project No-Place Like the Future – Artists Evoke a World After Corona:
Join the participating offices and artists in this online live presentation from Washington, DC, New York City, L.A., San Francisco, and Vienna.
This special, experimental online event includes welcome remarks by Austria’s Ambassador to the US, conversations with the artists, a virtual ribbon cutting, and a virtual tour of the artworks.
To join the vernissage please register here.
Over the past eight weeks, more than 30 artists of various fields, based in Austria and the United States, teamed up to create artworks addressing a world after the coronavirus pandemic. Join us for a virtual vernissage featuring interviews with the artists and an experimental interactive gallery tour (MAKE.SPACE, created by digital artists Jens Vetter and Aza Raskin), where the outcomes of our transatlantic collaborations will be revealed and questions can be asked by the audience.
Among the works is the animated video "Sequence of Tenses" by visual artist Adele Razkövi and novelist and co-founder of an app for writers Vikram Chandra, which features a message from the past, and a direction for the future. We also see pianist Kenny Werner philosophize about the state of mind in a utopian situation, where compassion, the love for one another, love for oneself and the end of all self-criticism are key, captured by filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer in a short film. Artist, writer and curator Walter Seidl and visual artist Francis Ruyter present a series of photos of deserted, empty public places, telling the visual story of stay-at-home orders, the void created by this health crisis and drawing attention to the precarious situation of "essential" seasonal agricultural workers. Cartoonist and art teacher Doris Schamp together with artist Phil Savenick assemble a group of young creatives to help us visualize a better tomorrow. Their video "Visions of The Future" ends on the high note that "science will get us out of this pandemic, but it is art, that will get us through it".
"This project proved once again that artists are our visionary guides to the future – in particular in times of crisis. The artworks that have been created are stories of resilience, positivity and community building and give us hope for the times ahead", said Martin Weiss, Ambassador of Austria to the United States and one of the co-organizers of the project.
More information about the project on: www.noplacelikethefuture.org
John Malkovich, Ulrike Müller, Rochelle Feinstein, Vikram Chandra, Martin Haselböck, Kenny Werner, Hubert von Goisern, Erwin Wagenhofer, and many more!
"No-Place like the Future" is a joint cultural project of the Austrian Embassy and Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington DC, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles, and Open Austria, Austria’s innovation office in Silicon Valley. It is financially supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.