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Of battery-powered chainsaws, Franz Kafka, curating, and the Art-Free Territory

I’ve sent an image scientist through my latest exhib in Austria, “Home Alone”. Here is what she brought back from the tour:

“Home Alone” is a fifty meter wide media installation, staged at the “Ausstellungsbrücke” (english: “Exhibition Bridge”) in Sankt Pölten, Lower Austria. It involves a “fitness zone”, a “living room”, a “museum”, and a “bar”. Each of these areas provide different levels of involvement to the visitors.

The show starts with a huge wall painting, depicting the exhibition’s intro text and a dozen company logos. Next to it resides the participatory video work “Get Fit With Dr. Lapschina”, which asks the visitors to work out. Stuff for engaging in the vigorous physical exercises is provided – as well as a bunch of museum benches, for people who prefer the lean-back mode.

The living room part of “Home Alone” has a comfy sofa suite, a large screen, several framed pictures on the walls, three lightboxes, a couple of books and catalogues on a coffee table, a hammock, and a bottle of wine to offer. The pictures don’t show anything though. They are only reminders. Also these aren’t regular lightboxes. Their role is to provide a distinct atmosphere to the place. And while the TV presents a 3′ loop version of Lena Lapschina’s video piece “Runtime”, it’s just the camo jacket for the smart home components everywhere in the room.

So, why not spend some time in the museum? Meticulously arranged vitrines give an impression of life in Lower Austria, in Manhattan or in Brooklyn, or elsewhere on this planet. It’s about dreams and nightmares, art and artists, battery-powered chainsaws and Franz Kafka, curating and the “Art-Free Territory”. It’s not immediately clear if the assemblage should be entertaining or disturbing. Like all museum stuff, in the first place it is educating, and that is what visitors find out during extended conversations in the bar and kitchen areas built into the flow of the “Home Alone” installation.

Strolling through an exhibition, musing on brands

For this year’s “Parallel Vienna”, a side-event associated with the Viennafair, curated by Stefan Bidner, I decided to produce a work which at first glance looks like a hand-painted sponsor wall. 160 cm wide and 230 cm tall, “Wall of Honor” plays with the visitors’ perception of the world. They look at a painting, but they think about brands.

And these are the brands and companies who made the ultimate sacrifice for an artful society: ABSOLUT VODKA, AIKYOU Green Fashion Underwear, all i need, austria kultur int, Austrian Consulate General Los Angeles, austrian cultural forum, АВСТРИЙСКИЙ КУЛЬТУРНЫЙ ФОРУМ МОСКВА, BelVita, BMUKK, brösel keks, CAPITA, Clemens Strobl Weinmanufaktur, dade design concrete works, Duracell, Eastpak, Emporia, forum culturel autrichien, forumul cultural austriac, GASTROBACK, gössl, HEAD, Henkel Excellence is our Passion, JACK WOLFSKIN, JVC The Perfect Experience, Kotanyi, Kultur Niederösterreich, Leutner Bildwerkstatt, LIMAR The Helmet Specialist, LUDWIG REITER, Mautner Markhof, Mozart, MWV, Nespresso, NOKIA Connecting People, Olmeca, Österreich Wein, österreichisches kulturforum, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, RedBull, Roeckl, scentair, Skiny, SKROSS, SodaStream, Sonnentor, Sony Xperia, Stabilo, Stiegl, Stölzle-Oberglas, Szigeti, tesa, Thurn und Taxis, TRUMPF, Villeroy & Boch, VIVOBAREFOOT, Vöslauer, Waldviertler, Wien Energie, Willi Dungl, Wolford.