Upcoming program 2024

Exhibition „Caring About“ curated by Olivia Jaques

24.05. Opening

25.05. Event „Caring About“ (bubble and awareness walk)

30.05. Installation „Precious Data“

31.05. – 2.06. „Precious Data“ Independent Space Index Festival wit Anna & Vitalii

Solo exhibition with Guadalupe Aldrete curated by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

07.06. Opening 

21.06. Finissage 

Solo exhibition with Sarah Held curated by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

19.07. Opening 

02.08. Finissage

Solo exhibition with Abiona Esther Ojo curated by Nicole Sabella

20.09. Opening 

04.10. Finissage

Solo exhibition with Rosanna Marie Pondorf curated by Patrícia J. Reis

08.11. Opening 

29.11. Finissage

Workshop with Rudolf Arnold curated by Anna Watzinger and Patrícia J. Reis

02.11 + 09.11

Workshop with Natalia Gurova curated by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

06.12.

In the Wake of the Tipping Point

von Johanna Tinzl

Ausstellung

Eröffnung: 05.04. – 19:00 – 22:00

Finissage: 27.04.- 15:00 – 20:00

Ausstellungsdauer: 06.04 – 28.04.2024

Öffnungszeiten:

Von Mittwochs bis Sonntags

06.04.2024 – 15:00 – 18:00

07.04.-28.04.2024 -15:00-20:00

Mz* Baltazar’s Lab

Jägerstraße 52-54

1200 Wien

Kuratorin Georgia Holz 

Co-Kuratorin Patrícia J. Reis

(DE)

Johanna Tinzls Installation in Mz.* Baltazar’s Lab ist dem Verschwinden der Gletscher gewidmet, deren Topografien und Oberflächen die Künstlerin seit 2019 mittels Abgusstechnik archiviert. Die fragilen Skulpturen zeugen auch von der körperlichen Erfahrung, mit der sich die Künstlerin angesichts dieser unmöglichen Dokumentation eines unaufhaltsamen Prozesses konfrontiert sieht. Der Film verweist auf ein anderes, mythologisches Wissen über das Wesen der Gletscher, das sich für zukünftige Formen des Zusammenlebens aktivieren lässt.

Partner: Klima Biennal Wien 2024

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von:

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Herta Müller Technique ZINE-WORKSHOP by Deniz Güvensoy & Sezer Dilan Zırhlı

Feminist Zine Workshop – Cordial Invitation for all Women* & Flinta*

WHEN:

Friday 15th March 5-8pm

Saturday 16th March 5-8pm

WHERE: 

Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory (Jägerstraße 52-54, 1200 Vienna)


Inspired by the Herta Müller technique of “collage-poetic” writing, in this workshop, we will elevate word collages and writing with images into true poetic works of art – a combination of scissors and paper with profound meaning. We encounter words everywhere, and each one of them is capable of telling a whole story. We will cut out letters and words from newspapers, magazines, and advertising brochures together. With our life plans, experiences, and a feminist sense of design, we will set these fragments into new texts and compose captivating collages.

Inspiriert von der Herta-Müller-Technik des “collage-poetischen” Schreibens, werden wir in diesem Workshop Wortcollagen und das Schreiben mit Bildern zu wahren poetischen Kunstwerken erheben – eine Kombination aus Schere und Papier mit tiefsinniger Bedeutung. Worte begegnen uns überall, und jedes von ihnen ist in der Lage, eine ganze Geschichte zu erzählen. Wir werden gemeinsam Buchstaben und Wörter aus Zeitungen, Zeitschriften und Werbebroschüren ausschneiden. Mit unseren Lebensentwürfen, Erfahrungen und einem feministischen Sinn für Gestaltung setzen wir diese Fragmente zu neuen Texten zusammen und komponieren fesselnde Collagen.

Herta Müller’in “kolaj-şiirsel” yazı tekniğinden esinlenen bu atölyede, kelime kolajlarını ve imgelerle yazmayı makas ve kağıdın derin anlamlarla birleşimine ve şiirsel sanat eserlerine dönüştüreceğiz. Tek bir kelime bütün bir hikayeyi anlatma kapasitesine sahiptir. Onlarla her yerde karşılaşırız. Gazetelerden, dergilerden ve reklam broşürlerinden kestiğimiz harfleri ve kelimeleri, hayat planlarımız, deneyimlerimiz ve feminist bir tasarım anlayışıyla yeni metinlere dönüştürecek ve büyüleyici kolajlar oluşturacağız.

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The workshop will be hold in german/english/turkish

REGISTRATION workshop: info@dasgoldenebuch.org (please mention, which date you wanna join)

References Zine workshop: https://dasgoldenebuch.org/archive

Photo credit: Olesya Kleymenova

With the kind support of:

female* makers Workshop – Ethische Hardware: nachhaltig(e) Technologie selbst gestalten HAPPY LAB

waff – Wiener Arbeitnehmer*innen Förderungsfonds

5. März 2024, 17:00 bis 19:30 Uhr

2. Bezirk, Schönngasse 15-17 (Happylab Wien)

Muss Elektronik immer aus gefährlichem Schrott bestehen? Wie wäre es mit fair produzierter und nachhaltiger Technologie und Hardware?

Fair Trade beschäftigt uns in vielen Alltagsbereichen – aber auch in der Technologie? Wie könnte eine nachhaltig und fair produzierte Technologie von morgen aussehen? Aus Pflanzen? Wachs oder Eierschalen?

In diesem interaktiven Workshop in Kooperation mit dem Happylab Wien und dem feministischen Kollektiv Mz* Baltazar’s Lab (PATRÍCIA J.REIS  & PETRA  WEIXELBRAUN) steht – neben Fragen rund um das Thema – das eigene Ausprobieren im Mittelpunkt.

Teilnehmerinnen werden selbst zu Forscher*innen und Erfinder*innen, die aus selbst gebauten Lautsprecher oder Sensoren interaktive Schaltkreise gestalten, die weder Umwelt noch Menschen schädigen können. Mit selbst gemachten elektronischen Bauteilen, z. B. aus Ton, Magneten, Eisenstaub und recycelten Materialien aus der näheren Umgebung, werden Ideen zum Schwingen oder Surren gebracht. Zum Einsatz kommen ausschließlich Elektronikteile, die unter fairen Arbeitsbedingungen, nachhaltig hergestellt wurden und ohne die üblichen Lieferketten von „conflict materials“ auskommen.

Anmeldung erforderlich. Informationen dazu erhalten Sie von Ihre*r waff Berater*in.

Maximale Teilnehmer*innenanzahl: 15

Kategorie: Workshop/Kurs

Zielgruppe(n): beschäftigte Wienerinnen, die bereits waff Beratungskundinnen sind

offen für: Frauen (alle Menschen, die sich als Frau identifizieren)

Sprache (n): deutsch, englisch

Kinderbetreuung: nein

barrierefrei: ja

Withe the kins support:

“Tarots of the Algorithms” Workshop by Mara Oscar Cassiani +  “Casting a spell in computational regimes: ritual practices for a transfeminist counter-apocalypse” Lecture by Arianna Forte with Open Call  

8th March 2024

Workshop

Duration 60/90  min
Number of participants: 10
5pm

Lecture

Duration 45 min 

7pm

Tarots of the Algorithms 

Workshop by Mara Oscar Cassiani

Expanded rituals explode from algorithmic bubbles created on the net. Algorithms become the cue for a collective and random ritual of users: fragments of belonging, but also unconscious carriers of signifiers and archetypes. 

In this workshop Mara Oscar Cassiani shares with the participants the execution of a series of gifs/ memes related to her own algorithmic bubble, collected in tarot cards according to the criterion of ritual female archetypes. Through this process she will transform her algorithms into a shared online/offline reality and an expanded witcha group ritual experience that transcends individual media practice and meditates on the themes of traditional rituals as a moment of exchange, healing and empowerment of those who participate. 

For registration please refer to Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory at patricia.reis@mzbaltazarslaboratory.org

Please note: Parts that require physical activity will also be followed during the workshop. Comfortable clothing and if desired a mat to sit on is recommended.

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Lecture by Arianna Forte: Casting a spell in computational regimes: ritual practices for a transfeminist counter-apocalypse 

Divinatory readings of the flow of data and ads generated by our smartphones, ritual sessions of digital “healing” from the data trauma suffered on social media, spells inscribed in the codes of raster files to reclaim our cultural identities by taking selfies. Who are the witches who navigate digital systems and interpret them with ritual practices between the artistic, the magical and the political?

From a critical reflection on the ongoing cultural and existential transformation that sees data and computation as phenomena that have re-signified our presence in the global and hyper-connected world and that reveal new forms of domination and subjugation, the present investigation is an examination of artistic practices envied as “rituals of resistance” at these systems.

Specifically, a close look will be made at the phenomenon that is referred to by the author as “Digital Esoterism”. Pointing, to the new generations of artists who in the post-covid era adopt the archetype of witchcraft to navigate systems of computational oppression: from Cyberwitches claiming a 2.0 spirituality, Digital Doulas proposing data healing, to Digital Tarot Readers in which algorithms are conceived as divinatory prediction systems. They claim a transfeminist approach in direct connection with the experiences of Cyberfeminism, which since the spread of the Internet had highlighted the structures of domination, marginalization and oppression inherent in technological systems.

At the end of the lecture there will be a time for sharing the personal “rituals”proposed by the guests and the local art community.

This lecture aims to present the themes and initial results of the research Casting a spell in computational regimes: ritual practices for a trans-feminist counter-apocalypse that curator Arianna Forte is conducting as part of the project supported by the Italian Council (2023) program promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

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Bring your own digital/ esoteric rituals! for Arianna Forte lecture
Call for collecting ritual practices

The renowned Italian anthropologist Ernesto De Martino investigated the ritual strategies of traditional cultures for years and defined them as cultural instruments of protection or redemption to support the collapse of any possible ordered universe of meanings.The symbolic efficacy of the ritual, its actions,its repetitions,its intentionalities, served to exorcize a profound crisis of existence, the perception of the end of the world.

What are the contemporary rituals to resist and address the entropic crisis found at every level of human experience and also of the imaginaries that run through today’s culture? From the pervasiveness of digital systems, the dominance of patriarchy, the collapse of climate change to the surveillance regimes of late capitalism?

We call for collecting each kind of digital esoteric ritual practices, personal or collective cultural tools, that each of us puts in place and wants to propose to navigate the ineffable of the contemporary, 

On Women’s Day, we ask you to come to Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory and propose: your own art practice that uses ritual methodologies, your own personal spell, your digital summoning, your own herbal concoction or any kind of esoterism that can challenge the existing everydayness, specifically focusing on gender inequalities and digital capitalism.

We accept all types of proposals from the wacky to the simple: that brings together ancient traditions, magic, politics, activism and art
There will be an opportunity to enact your ritual or simply tell about it. We invite you to attend the March 8 program at Mz*Baltazar’s Lab and at the end of the lecture there will be a convivial time to return the call for rituals
Please for information and to answer the call write to ariannaforte@erinni.net

With the kind support of:

Kunst Hardware Feminismus 

Open-Source-Soirée 

Master Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften | Abteilung Kulturwissenschaften 

mit Lydia Baumgartner, Meret Caderas, Reni Hofmüller, Jana Lill, Korinna Lindinger, Pia Michalko, Luise Nübling, Barbara Praher, Jul Marian, Claudia Stoleru, Eva Topić, Patrícia J. Reis und Stefanie Wuschitz 

30. Jänner 2024 16–20 Uhr 

Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory 

Feministische Medienkunstpositionen stellen die materiellen und strukturellen Bedingungen einer von Technologie durchdrungenen Welt zur Diskussion. Zwischen Ermächtigung, Entzauberung und Sichtbarmachung ist Hardware dabei Material und Thema einer kritischen, spekulativen wie emanzipatorischen künstlerischen Auseinandersetzung. 

Die Open-Source-Soirée lädt zur Debatte rund um feministisches Hacking und ethische Technologieentwicklung. Anlass sind künstlerische Forschungsartefakte und kulturwissenschaftliche Projekte von Student*innen des Projektgebundenen Seminars ‘Kunst. Hardware. Feminismus’. 

Die Open-Source-Soirée ist der Auftakt zum öffentlichen Semesterabschluss des Masterstudiums Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften. Am 31. Jänner 2024 findet daran anschließend die Tagung ‘Expanded Cinema, Handwerk und Empathie’ im Hörsaal 1 der Universität für angewandte Kunst statt.

Link Veranstaltung: https://base.uni-ak.ac.at/showroom/bwvJZvc9zVS9ZS5DpiNCQQ/

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Kunst Hardware Feminismus 

Open-Source-Soirée 

Master Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften | Abteilung Kulturwissenschaften 

with Lydia Baumgartner, Meret Caderas, Reni Hofmüller, Jana Lill, Korinna Lindinger, Pia Michalko, Luise Nübling, Barbara Praher, Jul Marian, Claudia Stoleru, Eva Topić, Patrícia J. Reis and Stefanie Wuschitz 

January 30th, 2024, 4–8 p.m.

Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory 

Jägerstraße 52–54

1200 Vienna

Feminist media art positions put the material and structural conditions of a world permeated by technology up for discussion. In the spirit of empowerment, demystification and awareness, hardware is material and subject of a critical, speculative and emancipatory artistic debate. 

The Open-Source-Soirée invites you to debate feminist hacking and perspectives on ethical technology based on artistic research artifacts and cultural studies projects by students of the project-based seminar ‘Kunst. Hardware. Feminism’. The Open-Source-Soirée is part of the public closing event of the Master’s degree program in Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, followed by the conference ‘Expanded Cinema, Craft and Empathy’ in Lecture Hall 1/University of Applied Arts on January 31, 2024. 

If suitable:

Link Soirée: https://base.uni-ak.ac.at/showroom/bwvJZvc9zVS9ZS5DpiNCQQ/

Link Master: https://www.dieangewandte.at/KuWi

SOS 2.0_ Fürsorge ist die Schwester der Autonomie

Eine Ausstellung von Mz*Baltazar’s Lab (Olivia Jaques, Patricia J. Reis, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, Nicole Sabella, Anna Watzinger und Stefanie Wuschitz) in der Medienwerkstatt Wien.

Medienwerkstatt:
Neubaugasse 40a, 1070 Wien

Eröffnung: Mittwoch 13.12.2023, 19:00
Ausstellungsdauer: 13.12. – 21.12.2023 und 09.01 – 23.01.2024

Öffnungszeiten: Di – Fr 17:00 – 20:00

Finissage: Dienstag 23.01.2024, 19:00

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Fürsorge ist zuallererst seit jeher eine zutiefst überlebensnotwendige Bedingung am Beginn eines jeden Menschenlebens und fungiert als eine treibende Kraft für die Entwicklung komplexer Beziehungsgeflechte innerhalb einer Gruppe, welche schlussendlich durch die Kultur- und Zivilisationsgeschichte zur Entstehung moderner öffentlicher Fürsorge Systeme führte.

In Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie zeigten sich viele Wunden des Wohlfahrtstaates wie z.B. der politisch jahrelang verschleppte Pflegenotstand, wobei die vielseitigen Herausforderungen der Fürsorge-Berufsgruppen zum ersten Mal in die Aufmerksamkeit einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit rückte. Parallel dazu verbreitet sich der Terminus der Fürsorge auf Social Media und hinterließ in so manchen theoretischen Diskursen sowie künstlerischen Praktiken seine Spuren, wobei hierbei insbesondere auch das Spannungsverhältnis von Fürsorge und Selbstfürsorge verhandelt wurde.

Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory, eine Gemeinschaft aus sechs Mitgliedern mit unterschiedlichen Biographien, Erfahrungen, Meinungen, Lebenskonzepten und schlussendlich persönlichen Bedürfnissen, mit einer gemeinsamen programmatischen Ausrichtung, pendelt sowohl im Team als auch in der Programmrealisierung mit den eingeladenen Künstler*innen und Akteur*innen zwischen dem Spannungsverhältnis von kollektiver Fürsorge und Selbstfürsorge. 

Wir danken den folgenden Künstler*innen für die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Mz* Baltazar’s Lab im Rahmen der Ausstellungsproduktion: Catarina Reis, Erika Farina, Taguhi Torosyan und der Medienwerkstatt Wien!

METAMORPHOSIS MAYHEM: THE MUSICAL

SirenX & Auto CAT

08.12.2023 – 26.01.2024

AKT I: Caterpillaroke (8.12.2023 19-22h)
AKT II: Raufende Raupen (19.01.2023 19-22h)

Öffnungszeiten: 12.12. 16-20h, 19.12. 16-20h, 9.1. 16-20h

ABOUT (EN)

Within the whimsical realm of “Metamorphosis Mayhem: The Musical”, SirenX and Auto CAT create a performative installation that invites visitors to joyfully plunge into the vibrational intricacies of caterpillar communication. The growing test setup melts karaoke, playfight, and a generative soundscape, opening up a space for interspecies flirtations and a specifically created form of wrestling: the caterpillar scramble or Raupenrauferei. By steering away from the common glorification of the butterfly and redirecting attention to both the resilience and silliness of the caterpillar stage, the project encourages appreciation for diverse journeys of transformation.

This collaboration is inspired by SirenXCaterpillar Vibrations, a research project initiated by Nicole Sabella in autumn of 2021 when they met a hairy yellow caterpillar called calliteara pudibunda aka Buchen-Streckfuß on Hundertwasserallee in Salzburg. Since then they have been exploring means of joint vibrational communication and finding ways of making caterpillar sounds and frequencies audible to the human ear – and vice versa.

Kindly supported by BMKÖS.

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ABOUT (DE)

In der wunderlichen Welt von “Metamorphosis Mayhem: The Musical” schaffen SirenX und Auto CAT eine performative Installation, die Besucher:innen dazu einlädt, freudig in die Schwingungseigenschaften der Raupenkommunikation einzutauchen. Die wachsende Versuchsanordnung verbindet Karaoke, Playfight und eine generative Klanglandschaft zu einem Raum für Flirtanbahnungem zwischen den Spezies und eine eigens entwickelte Form des Wrestlings: die Raupenrauferei. Anstatt der üblichen Verherrlichung des Schmetterlings zu folgen, lenkt das Projekt die Aufmerksamkeit sowohl auf die Widerstandsfähigkeit als auch auf die Verrücktheit des Raupenstadiums und ermutigt dazu, unterschiedliche Wege der Transformation zu würdigen.

Diese Zusammenarbeit ist inspiriert von SirenXCaterpillar Vibrations, einem Forschungsprojekt, das Nicole Sabella in jenem Moment initiierte, als sie im Herbst 2021 einer haarigen gelben Raupe namens Calliteara pudibunda alias Buchen-Streckfuß auf der Hundertwasserallee in Salzburg begegnete. Seitdem erforscht sie die Möglichkeiten gemeinschaftlicher vibrationaler Kommunikation und sucht nach Möglichkeiten, die Töne und Frequenzen von Raupen für das menschliche Ohr hörbar zu machen – und umgekehrt.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des BMKÖS.

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FEM-LAB RESIDENCY WITH CRISTINA DEZI

From the 27th of November until the 3rd of November

Program:

Residence period: 27th November until the 3rd of December

Opening hours to public: Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday from 15h to 18h

Workshop/ Lecture for the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna: Thursday the 30th from 10 to 12h

Public Presentation Lecture/ Performance: Friday 1st of December at 19h

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project that will be developed in the Fem-Lab residency is part of the series of speculative projects conducted by neuX, a futurisc interactive laboratory conducting experiments on pleasure and sexuality in post-humanism, from a performative and transfeminist perspective, where sci-fi erotic narratives, cyborg skins and biomateriality are intertwined with natural environments and dystopian scenarios.

This chapter focuses on the design and speculative research of a wearable sensory bio-textile that utilises surrounding natural elements and bodily fluids to generate activist frequencies.

The aim is to create a symbiotic link between the human body, its fluids and its surroundings for an active and visceral listening to the events and changes that are taking place, in and around us from a climatic, social and political perspective.

The tissue is made from biocircuits of bodily fluids, such as menstrual blood, to create a wearable interactive synthesiser using human and non-human, internal and external sounds;

each natural and bodily change will influence the frequency itself, generating activist noises that will open a discussion/performance that will challenge topical issues.

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Claims, Quests & Desires. Around the Table of Queer and Feminist Curating.

Round-Table & Think Lab with inputs, discussions, dialogues and poster production

18.11.2023, 14:00-17:00 Uhr (in German and English)

Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory

***please register until Nov 16 via mail@alpha-nova-kulturwerkstatt.de***

with

Denise Palmieri (performance artist and board member VBKÖ),

Thomas Trabitsch (interdisciplinary artist and part of the initiative Queer Museum Vienna)

Katharina Koch & Sylvia Sadzinski (artistic directors of alpha nova & galerie futura, Berlin)

Claims, Quests & Desires is a series of events organised by the feminist Berlin art space alpha nova & galerie futura in the form of a round table and think lab dedicated to various questions relating to feminist perspectives on the present and the future, developing strategies for feminist knowledge building and practices and forging alliances together with invited guests and other participants.

For this edition of Claims, Quests & Desires in Vienna, we would like to focus on curatorial practices and the production of feminist art spaces, exhibitions and working methods. Questions that concern us include: What do we mean by an intersectional (queer) feminist practice of curating? What issues, questions and problems arise in this regard? What political need for action do we see and define? To what extent can we speak of a we? What can solidary, inclusive structures and practices in the art field look like, be created and implemented? What alliances and coalitions are necessary for this? How do we work together?

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Claims, Quests & Desires. Around the Table of Queer and Feminist Curating.

Round-Table & Think Lab mit Inputs, Diskussionen, Dialogen and Postergestaltung

18.11.2023, 14:00-17:00 Uhr (auf Deutsch und Englisch)

Mz*Baltazar’s Laboratory

 
***um Anmeldung bis zum 16.11. an mail@alpha-nova-kulturwerkstatt.de wird gebeten***

mit

Denise Palmieri (Performancekünstlerin und Vorstand VBKÖ),
Thomas Trabitsch (interdisziplinärer Künstler und Teil der Initiative Queer Museum Vienna)

Katharina Koch & Sylvia Sadzinski (künstlerische Leiterinnen von alpha nova & galerie futura, Berlin)

Claims, Quests & Desires ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe  des feministischen Berliner Kunstraums alpha nova & galerie futura in Form eines Round-Tables und Think Labs, die sich verschiedenen Fragen rund um feministische Gegenwartsperspektiven und Zukünfte widmet und gemeinsam mit eingeladenen Gästen und weiteren Teilnehmer*innen Handlungsstrategien für feministische Wissensbildung und Praxen entwickelt und Allianzen schmiedet.

Für die Ausgabe von Claims, Quests & Desires in Wien möchten wir den Schwerpunkt auf kuratorische Praxen und die Produktion feministischer Kunsträume, Ausstellungen und Arbeitsweisen legen. Fragen, die uns dabei beschäftigen sind u.a.: Was verstehen wir unter einer intersektionalen (queer-)feministischen Praxis des Kuratierens? Welche Themen, Fragen und Problematiken stellen sich in dieser Hinsicht? Welchen politischen Handlungsbedarf sehen und definieren wir? Inwiefern kann von einem Wir gesprochen werden? Wie können solidarische, inklusive Strukturen und Praxen im Kunstfeld aussehen, geschaffen und umgesetzt werden? Welche Allianzen und Bündnisse sind dafür notwendig? Wie arbeiten wir zusammen?

Workshop THE ELECTRONIC SUBLIMEWorkshop

by Pamela Breda

In the framework of the PEEK/FWF research project “The Unexpected”

6th of November from 16h to 18h  – Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, Vienna

Register to: pamela.breda@gmail.com

This workshop will present a unique opportunity to explore uncharted digital territories. Participants will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic world of technology and how it’s impacting everyday life, but will also have the chance to engage with some practical tests in order to explore how their emotional and cognitive skills are affected by the use of smartphone applications, vision enhanced softwares and other AI-generated content.

The workshop will be introduced by a presentation by Pamela Breda, PEEK project leader based at Angewandte University. With her talk, she will provide us with a comprehensive introduction to the current state-of-the-arts interactions between users and technology, sharing insights that challenge conventional wisdom and inspire innovative thinking.

By fostering direct interactions with cutting-edge softwares, the workshop aims to facilitate a deeper understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and complexities that lie ahead in this transformative field. 

What you will learn

By attending the workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of various technologies, platforms, and digital tools. They will learn how to leverage technology for productivity, communication, or educational purposes, improving their digital literacy and navigating the digital landscape more effectively. 

IMPORTANT: Remember to bring with you your own laptop.

Constant landed in Vienna

Sunday 29th of Oct 2023 14:00

with Wendy Van Wynsberghe and Imane Benyecif

Meetup and talk with Constant (https://constantvzw.org/site/) members Imane Benyecif & Wendy Van Wynsberghe. We go through current and future Constant projects and lenses, invite you to come and play the SPLINT game with us (https://constantvzw.org/site/SPLINT-Print-Play-Party.html). What could/should Speculative, Libre and Intersectional Technologies (SPLINT) do? We touch upon ATNOFS (a travelling feminist server – https://atnofs.constantvzw.org/) and rosa (https://hub.vvvvvvaria.org/rosa/), how server infrastructure can (attempt?) to be feminist.

Imane Benyecif is an artist and code person that collaborates with her colleagues Fré and Lieven, alongside other students, to lead coaching sessions, workshops, and re-learning opportunities at Code Space in Sint Lucas Antwerpen. Alongside her friend and colleague, Tunde Adefioye, she co-founded Braver Spaces, a “collective” dedicated to fostering sustainable practices that empower marginalized communities in their artistic growth, well-being, and the development of alternative learning tools.
Wendy Van Wynsberghe is a tinkering and digital artist, sound & field recorder, intertwined with nature and its wildlife, fascinated by protocol in all its forms, including inter-human and non-human relations, frankenscript coder, physical computing aficionado, dabbling in weaving, embroidery, crochet & knitting (with or without eTextiles).

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? BY STEFFI ALTE, SASKIA TE NICKLIN & PATRÍCIA J. REIS

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Opening: 29.9.2023, 19h

Midd opening: 14.10.2023, 19h

Finissage: 3.11.2023, 19h

Exhibition duration: 30.9 – 3.11.2023

Opening hours: Every Saturday from 14h to 18th

Photo © Janine Schranz

About the exhibition:

“A culture of domination is anti-love. It requires violence to sustain itself. To choose love is to go against the prevailing values of the culture. Many people feel unable to love either themselves or others because they do not know what love is.” Bell Hooks (1994)

In the light of the current situation deeply shaped by conflicts and disasters caused by anthropocentric politics, actions and practices, we ask ourselves the question: “What’s love got to do with it?” 

In her writings Bell Hooks identifies Love as a blind spot within the human struggle for liberation, from oppression and exploitation. The white male supremacist domination of the planet attributed to love becoming a symptom of weakness, that love has no value. We might have forgotten what love really is or perhaps we’ve never really understood its meaning since it became capitalized and traded as a commodity-chain, sold as desire that can and should be consumed at a fast pace. Love in its true meaning is something that people might feel ashamed to relate with, as an old-fashioned concept, in the same way Tina Turner declined love in her musical success hit in 1984.

Loving is a verb that demands for action and for choice and can become an important tool to decolonize and to demystify systems of oppression. We need to critically question our position within the planet of beings and things. To love is to care for the others. Love is rooted in community, in exchange and democratic choices. In order to recover love we need social changes rooted in new love ethics. The exhibition “What’s love got to do with it?” aims to be an essay and a tribute to new love politics acknowledging caring as a crucial facet of Love for creating, repairing, and empowering our relations with the world. 

EXHIBITION INTERSTITIAL ALCHEMY BY CATARINA REIS

Interstitial Alchemy by Catarina Reis

In ancient times practitioners of alchemy sought the transmutation of matter and the production of an elixir that would induce rejuvenation and cure all diseases, in a time when art, science, and mysticism belonged to the same realm. Although most of alchemy’s claims have been disproved by modern science, we now acknowledge its influence on the development of scientific methods. Through  speculative and ‘magical’ practices and narratives, alchemists dreamed of science for the future.

Interstitial Alchemy presents an experiment of practice-based artistic research, that speculates on the healing of aquatic ecosystems, through a process of transmutation of micro pollutants. The transmutation is mediated by a set of objects made from Zeolite clay. Zeolites possess a cage-like molecular structure that enables the selective ‘trapping’ of pollutants and toxins. To optimize this property, the work tests the production of porous and permeable objects, creating micro interstitial spaces, that could contribute to different ecological functions. This work is particularly interested in how an intervention on a microscale can affect broader ecosystems and their territories. In the last years scientists have demonstrated that ecological variability at small spatial scales—often less than a square meter — can have very significant consequences in big territories. So could we perform micro interventions that produce relevant transformations, potentially independent from anti-ecological political and economic and forces?

The installation is composed of three water tanks, connected through a water flow circuit. In the main tank is a set of Zeolite ceramic objects, capable of purifying the water. Behind the main water tank there are two screens representing two different scales of this system. In the other two tanks there is clean water, which the public is invited to contaminate with heavy metals and toxins, performing the role of a pollutant agent. Through this interaction the public is confronted with the negative effects of human actions in local aquatic environments, but also with the possibility of their remediation. While the water is flowing, the objects trap the noxious substances, changing their microstructure and physical appearance.

The design of these objects is inspired by the study of estuary oysters and freshwater pearl mussels – fundamental ecosystem healers capable of filtering  dozens of liters of water per day. The species of freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera is currently endangered in the Danube, even though it can live up to 100 years or even more. As many other mollusks, mussels form pearls when a strange particle, bacteria or virus penetrates inside of the shell, by building layers of nacre. In this work, Catarina proposes to explore an ‘alchemic’ transmutation of micro pollutants inspired by oysters and mollusks’ capacity to persist and create beauty out of trauma.

Opening: 1.9.2023, 19h

Exhibition duration: 2.9.- 21.9.2023

Opening hours from 14h to 19h: 2.9, 3.9, 10.9, 11.9

Riot im Riot. On Re-claiming Space

Riot im Oikos- Photocredits: Caro Wiltschek

Künstler*innen:
Ruth Erharter, Christina Jaques, Olivia Jaques, Aylin Mutluer, Berenice Pahl, Marlies Surtmann, Anna Watzinger, Caro Wiltschek, Conny Zenk/Verena Dürr/Martina Moro/RAD Performance

Vernissage: Mi, 5.7._18h-22h

RAD Performance – Photocredits: Hannah Mayr

Performance Parkour:

5.7._ ab 18h:
Performative Interventionen von Christina Jaques, Olivia Jaques und Anna Watzinger


7.7.19h – 21:30h (bei gutem Wetter!):

RAD Performance:

Soundrides x SPIRAL BIKE 

19h Soundride, Prater Hauptallee / Höhe Südosttangente

20h Konzerte, Brigittenauerbrücke / SPIRALE Donauseite Live-Konzert von Outside Eye, Gischt, Fabian Lanzmaier, Jakob Schauer, Conny Zenk

Withnessing/Dokumentation von Marlies Surtmann

Waschperformance 3.0 (replay von “BLAUPAUSE_Wiener Waschweib 2.0” )

von Anna Watzinger; Intervention von Olivia Jaques

8.7. ab 18h:
RAD Performance: Booklet | Audioplay | Augmented Reality von Conny Zenk in

Zusammenarbeit mit:

amateur | Birgit Rampula, Artifical Museum, Ramona Cidej, Verena Dürr, Gischt, Georg Hartl, Matthias Hurtl, Suzie Léger, Bianca Ludewig, Martina Moro, Judit Navratil, Magdalena Scheicher, Joanna Zabielska;

Lesung von Verena Dürr

Performance von Berenice Pahl

Performative Interventionen von Christina Jaques, Olivia Jaques und Anna Watzinger

Finissage: 5.8._19h

Performance von Berenice Pahl


Weitere Öffnungszeiten auf Anfrage:

olivia.jaques@mzbaltazarslaboratory.org

Lorand Tanase/Bildrecht (BLAUPAUSE_Wiener Waschweib 2.0, Anna Watzinger/Donaukanal 2015)


“Riot im Riot” ist eine spielerische Auseinandersetzung mit verschiedenen feministischen Strategien der Vergangenheit. Ehemalige Bühnenelemente und Kostüme erzählen von vergangenen Riots. Mit gedanklichen performativen Übersetzungsversuchen anhand der verschiedenen Elemente von Ruth Erharter, Aylin Mutluer und Caro Wiltschek darf Widerstand imaginiert werden. Berenice Pahl holt Feministinnen der Vergangenheit in die Gegenwart, Christina Jaques, Olivia Jaques und Anna Watzinger versuchen mit verschiedenen performativen Interventionen die Selbstermächtigung sowohl in urbanen Raumgefügen als auch im www zu erproben (“Was hat Datenschutz mit Emanzipation und dem Spiegel-Phänomen zu tun?”) und Conny Zenk lädt mit ihrem multidimensionalen “Soundride” ein zur Partizipation – auf ihren Spuren Withness Marlies Surtmann: Riot und Ride, Riot im Riot, Re-claiming the (imaginative) space.

“Riot im Riot” is a playful exploration of different feminist strategies of the past. Former stage elements and costumes talk about past riots. Resistance may be imagined through mental performative translations based on the various elements by Ruth Erharter, Aylin Mutluer and Caro Wiltschek. Berenice Pahl draws feminists of the past into the present, Christina Jaques, Olivia Jaques and Anna Watzinger try out self-empowerment with various performative interventions both in urban spatial structures and in the www (“What does data protection have to do with emancipation and the phenomena of a mirror?”) and Conny Zenk invites you to participate in her multidimensional “Soundride” – on her tracks Withness Marlies Surtmann: Riot and Ride, Riot in Riot, Re-claiming the (imaginative) space.

PHOTONS RECEIVED, PHOTONS RESPONDED :: EXHIBITION BY HEIDI TRIMMEL AND GERBURG NEUNTEUFL PIPINA SCHICKANEDER

Opening: 05.05.2023, 19h

Duration: 06.05.–19.05.2023

Artist talk: 13.05.2023, 17h

Opening hours:

Saturday 06.05.2023, 16h–19h
Saturday 13.05.2023, 12h–19h

Finissage: 19.05.2023, 19h–22h

In der Ausstellung “Photons received, photons responded” zeigen zwei Künstlerinnen und Naturwissenschaftlerinnen ihre neuen Arbeiten – basierend auf ihrem Austausch und ihrer gemeinsamen Auseinandersetzung mit der solaren Strahlung und den uns umgebenden Strahlungprozessen. Das neugierige Verfolgen der Trajektorien der Photonen sensibilisiert für die Nicht-Linearität und Periodizität der Prozesse. Das künstlerische Auseinandernehmen von physikalisch optischen Gesetzen in der Dunkelkammer, sowie Messung und numerische Modellierung des Strahlungstransfers der Atmosphäre, zeigen dass die Naturgesetze uns immer wieder neu überraschen und verzaubern.

Die elektromagnetische Abstrahlung (also auch das Licht) ausgehend von der solaren Kernschmelze der Sonne, erreicht die Erde und ermöglicht Leben auf unserem Planeten. Diese Strahlung durchdringt und erwärmt unsere Atmosphäre und ermöglicht Photosynthese, treibt unser Wettersystem an und ist für unzählige komplexe Wechselwirkungen verantwortlich. Sogar fossile Energieträger basieren indirekt auf der Kernfusion der Sonne. Von dieser Fülle wird nur ein kleiner Teil wahrgenommen oder genutzt.

Die Künstlerinnen stellen nichts in Aussicht oder erheben Anspruch, sondern bieten einen naturwissenschaftlichen Fokus im künstlerischen Kontext an. Zu sehen sind experimentelle fotografische Arbeiten, eine Klangarbeit, eine performative Intervention, ein künstlerisch system analytischer Forschungstext, eine Lichtinstallation und Plots numerischer Simulationsergebnisse.

*** ENGILSH VERSION

In the exhibition “Photons received, photons responded” two artists and scientists show their latest works – based on their exchange and their joint examination of solar radiation and the radiation processes that surround us. Curiously following the trajectories of the photons sensitizes to the non-linearity and periodicity of the processes. The artistic dismantling of physical-optical laws in the darkroom, as well as measurement and numerical modeling of the radiative transfer of the atmosphere, show that the laws of nature surprise and enchant us again and again.

The electromagnetic radiation (also the light) from the solar core meltdown of the sun reaches the earth and enables life on our planet. This radiation penetrates and warms our atmosphere, enabling photosynthesis, powering our weather system, and responsible for myriad complex interactions. Even fossil fuels are indirectly based on the sun’s nuclear fusion. Only a small part of this abundance is perceived or used.

The artists promise nothing or make any claims, but offer a scientific focus in an artistic context. Experimental photographic works, a sound work, a performative intervention, an artistic-system analytic research text, a light installation and plots of numerical simulation results can be seen.

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