The actual (and not entirely surprising) political conditions of life in Austria and its neighboring countries is a burning as well as starting point to the planning of this international symposium. Fear respectively the creation of anxieties has become a much too powerful instrument of political persuasion. Solidaric processes are undermined if not destroyed, future is discounted: if circumstances do obviously not improve, at least they should not change anymore.
How do notions of innovation come into play in an atmosphere of rebordering Europe? How could artists, how should intellectuals act now? And from where? Should they change the contexts of their work? Should they start to focus already on much younger generations? Or should they establish safe spaces inside institutions? Big questions and maybe the answers could be found in distinct if not even pungent words, in highly precise and detailed actions, in repeated societal acupunctures in both virtual and analogue spaces?
Ruth Wodak (Social linguist, UK/AT)
Barbara Holub (Artist/ Architect, AT)
Oto Hudec (Artist, SK)
Ton Matton (Urbanist, NL)
Kateřina Šedá (Artist, CZ)
Angelika Fitz (Curator/Cultural Theorist, AT)
Antonio Cosme (Activist/Artist, US)
Andrew Herscher (Architectural Scholar, US)
Pawel Althamer (Artist, PL)
Introduction & Moderation: Peter Oroszlany, Miriam Hübl, La Schandrè Coetzee, Karolina Plášková, and Enrico Tomassini are students resp. alumnis of the Social Design - Arts as Urban Innovation Master programme. Christina Schraml, Martin Färber, and Brigitte Felderer are members of the teaching staff.
Find the full program as pdf here!
During the symposium, a small exhibition of selected projects which have been realized at the Social Design Studio, took place in Heiligenkreuzer Hof.
On the day of the symposium, we were also happy to launch the Social Design-Reader #1: "Das Bienvenue. Ein Recht auf Raum für alle" edited by Barbara Holub. The publication initiates a series which is released both as books-on-demand as well as easily accessible download.
- Heiligenkreuzer Hof
- Social Design Studio