Linz, 27 May 2004
28 May to 25. July 2004
with Villa Arson, Nice
Shake Villa Arson, Nice
3. July to 10. October 2004
Dennis ADAMS, Saâdane AFIF, Kader ATTIA, Stéphane BERARD,
Candice BREITZ, Jota CASTRO, Antonio GALLEGO, Jens HAANING, STATE OF
SABOTAGE/Robert JELINEK, Dorit MARGREITER, Lisl PONGER, Julian ROSEFELDT,
Juan Esteban SANDOVAL, SOCIAL IMPACT, STALKER, Niek van de STEEG, Tim
SHARP, Ben VAUTIER, Luca VITONE, Hoy Cheong WONG, Jun YANG
Are we Austrians?
French? Linzer? Niçoise? Or merely residents in a certain city
district, somewhere, in a globally networked world?
Are thinking as nations and
operating as states up-to-date political concepts? The exhibition project
"Shake – State Affair" questions historically developed
notions of "state" and "national identity" against
the background of the new political order of the European landscape
and the global impact of economic development. Still today, even in
the age of growing trans-national networks and dependencies, our own
identity and the identity of the group, the community, in which we live,
are linked, first of all, with the concept of "nation" and
The starting point for the
exhibition is a playful mapping project by Juan Esteban Sandoval, who
was commissioned by both art institutions to unite the regions around
Nice and Linz and both cities themselves into a territory, a regional
On this shared plateau, the
invited artists pursue different "national" aspects of state
affairs. Some artists address the fictive connection to work site-specifically
(Stalker, Luca Vitone). Others investigate what it means to belong to
a nation, which "borders" are set for whom (Social Impact,
Jota Castro) and which impact national symbols such as flags or anthems
develop (Saâdane Afif, Stéphane Bérard, Antonio
Gallego). Some artists grapple with the question of "citizenship",
and how and in which form "foreigners" are perceived in one's
own country and which attributions, exclusions and cliches this entails
(Kader Attia, Lisl Ponger, Julian Rosefeldt, Jens Haaning, Jun Yang).
They show that language skills are a crucial criterion for whether one
"belongs" or not (Candice Breitz). Artists develop alternatives
(Niek van der Steeg), investigate the historical dimension (Dennis Adams,
Hoy Cheong Wong, Tim Sharp) and the social context (Adel Abdessemed,
Dorit Margreiter), argue for an "Ethnic International" (Ben
Vautier) or found new states themselves (SOS – Robert Jelinek).
In the selection of the projects,
special attention was given to an ironically subversive tone of discussion.
The idea and concept of the
exhibition were developed in close cooperation with the Villa Arson
in Nice. The selection of artists was a joint decision. The Villa Arson
is a highly respected French art institution for contemporary art and
pursues a concept similar to that of the O.K: both institutions have
a strong artist orientation, provide good production structures and
studios for residency and scholarship stays.
The framework for the exhibition
is a network of eight European art institutions currently organizing
seven major exhibitions under the title SHAKE, which will take place
concurrently in spring/summer 2004 and will be presented in a jointly
published two-volume catalogue.
Laurence Gateau, Stella Rollig, Martin Sturm
Curators: Laurence Gateau, Genoveva Rückert
"Un cri court", 1998
A very personal video portrait of a friend, an Algerian conductor, who
directs an orchestra oriented to classical western music. Requested
by the artist to overcome his inhibitions and express his pain as loudly
as possible, the man jumps and screams in time with a ticking metronome.
In their uniformity and rhythm, the tormented cries seem like a strange
expression from a ritual song or prayer.
Adel Abdessemed, born 1971 in, Constatine, Algeria, lives and works
„Recovered“ /10 on 10”,
In an edition of ten books, Adams combines screenprints of city districts
of Marseilles, where Algerian migrants live, each with one photograph
of an Algerian woman without a veil. The portraits are from Marc Garanger,
who was commissioned by the French government to conduct a census after
the Algerian War in the 50s. The portrait of a woman on the last page
is half covered by the picture of the city, thus conveying how the photographs
were perceived as a colonial humiliation and disregard for Algerian
Dennis Adams, born 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa, lives and works in
„National (Linz)“, 2004
The simple color formulas of existing flags can still be read, even
when they consist of clothing, as in the work by Saâdane
Afif. Conceived as a series, the French flag is repeatedly
recognizable in the composition of regionally typical articles of clothing,
as in "National (Linz)" – an indication
of the mingling of a foreign nation with a regional context.
Saâdane Afif, born 1970, lives and works in Paris
In dem zweiteiligen Video wird auf einer sehr persönlichen Ebene
die Migrationsbewegung aus den Maghrebstaaten nach Frankreich und die
Schizophrenität nationaler Identität greifbar. Die in Algerien
und in Paris lebenden Mitglieder seiner Familie verbindet Attia
in dem ersten Teil über Videosequenzen und Familienfotos. Im zweiten
Teil des Videos stellt sich die heiratswillige, algerische Cousine des
Künstlers, einem vermeintlichen zukünftigen französischen
Kader Attia, geboren 1970 in Dugny (Seine Saint-Denis, FR); lebt
und arbeitet in Paris
Bérard / FR
Identification with a national state or a nation-state requires the
performative repetition of constitutive elements in
language, culture, sports and religion. National symbols
such as cultural goods, flags and anthems are given an ironic turn in
The competition among nations that is conventional in sports is undermined
by an attempt to start for the Olympic Games under the Gabonese flag
("Attempt to participation to J.O. of Nagano, under the
colors of the Gabonese Republic“)
The "Fire Proof Flags", 2002 – 2004 – the fire-proof
flags of Israel, Great Britain, the USA and France – are a political
In the newly produced work "Information Highway",
2004, the foreigner is called upon in a first lesson to learn German
through highway and street designations using an Austrian road map.
Stéphane Bérard, born 1966, lives and works in Paca
„Alien (Ten Songs from Beyond)“,
Language as exclusion or inclusion / acceptance / construction mechanism
for belonging to a national "community" is the focal point
of Candice Breitz' work. Starting from anthems and
songs that are considered part of the cultural heritage of a nation,
a strange charge arises in the installation "Alien (Ten
Songs from Beyond)", 2003, as immigrant Germans simply
move their lips in synch with traditional German songs against a background
of representative buildings in Berlin.
Candice Breitz, born 1972 in Johannesburg, lives and works in Berlin
„Willkommen Fremde“, 2004
With notices in the three languages most frequently spoken by illegal
immigrants – Rumanian, Bulgarian and Russian – integrated
into the Austrian flag, the artist and political activist Jota Castro
welcomes those who speak these languages to the exhibition. These immigrants,
who elude all statistics, are thus made visible.
Jota Castro, born 1969 in Peru, lives and works in Brussels
Hoy Cheong /MY
"RE:Looking", 2002 - 2004
In a complex spatial arrangement, in "RE:Looking" Wong Hoy
Cheong tells the fictive story of the rule of the Malaysian royal family
in Austria – using the medium of the documentary film, enhanced
with a homepage.
Wong Hoy Cheong, born 1960 in Penang , Malaysia; lives and works
in Kuala Lumpur (MY) and London
„Trashflags # 3 – Linz“,
25 cardboard panels, painted with the flags of the EU, are bent in the
middle so that they stand like little huts, reminiscent of makeshift
shelters – a metaphor for the unstable protection of the community
of states expanded since May 1st.
Antonio Gallego, born 1956 in Villenne sur Seine/France, lives and
works in Paris
„Foreigners Free“, 1997 –
With free admission for foreigners at the O.K Center, the institution
is challenged to take a position and confront the definition of "foreigners"
and the relevant "identification" with visitors entering the
Jens Haaning, born 1965 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Copenhagen
of Sabotoge (SoS) / Robert Jelinek
„SoS Gate - Territorial Phantom“,
The micronation State of Sabotage (SOS), founded in
2003 by Robert Jelinek with artist colleagues, undermines
existing national conventions. In addition to the temporarily established
SOS consulate, the constitution of the state and its real territory,
among other things, are shown in a four-part video documentation. In
analogy to the moments of a nation on which identity is founded –
from passports and flags to national monuments and a national dish –
SOS develops its own forms of representation. As a subversive reference
and visual sign, SOS leaves behind permanently installed drain covers
(in Linz and Nice). Visitors have an opportunity to become citizens
of the artist nation and participate in the ongoing process of recognition
as a sovereign state.
Robert Jelinek, born in Pilsen, CZ; lives and works in Vienna and
„The World May Not Be Deep, But It Is Definitly Shallow
and Wide“, 2004
In her video work, Dorit Margreiter portrays the "outdoor"
Shopping Mall - "The Grove", which is built like the center
of a small town as an artificial city-state, but is located in the middle
of Los Angeles.
Dorit Margreiter, born 1967 in Vienna; lives and works in Vienna
and Los Angeles, USA
„Phantom fremdes Wien“, 1991 -
The starting point of the work are Ponger's Super 8 films, created 1991
– 1992, which led to the publication "Fremdes Wien"
("Foreign Vienna") and the photo series of the same name.
In "Phantom fremdes Wien", 2004, Lisl
Ponger reflects on her view of multicultural Vienna in a reassessment
of the material. Pictures of minority Austrians from the first version
are juxtaposed with a reflection on their creation and the view of "exotic"
Vienna as a film.
Lisl Ponger, born 1947 in Nuremberg, DE; lives in Vienna
Stereotype notions of ethnic minorities – from the exotic Thai
woman to the Chinese cook and Turkish garbage collector – are
exaggerated and contravened by Julian Rosefeldt in
the meticulously staged "Tableau Vivants" of the spatially
arranged video installation "Asylum".
Julian Rosefeldt, born 1965 in Munich; lives and works in Berlin
The merging of the two regions around Linz and Nice into a territory
was the point of departure for the exhibition. Sandoval documents the
ongoing continuation of the "merging territories project,
2004" and the documentation of his research and contacts
(especially with MAIZ, Radio Fro and Medea) in the course of his stays
in Linz and Nice with a wall work. The public transportation company
Linz Linien AG agreed to a cooperation for public space, providing tram
ticket machines for the audio installation "soundomat",
2004. At the tram stops Unionkreuzung and Taubenmarkt and in the Arena
in front of O.K, conversations with and music by migrants can be selected
from manipulated machines, making the often invisible cultures in urban
Juan Esteban Sandoval, born 1972 in Medellín, Columbia, lives
and works in Turin and Biella, Italy
„border rescue“, 2003
The long-term project dealing with illegal border crossings from Czechia
to Austria is presented at O.K in the form of hiking guides. The brochure
and homepage http://www.social-impact.at/
with instructions for illegal immigration has already triggered heated
discussions in the media in the past.
SOCIAL IMPACT /// Harald Schmutzhard, born 1965, lives and works
in Linz, founding of the artist group Social Impact (1997) with the
aim of addressing sociopolitical conflicts.
The group Stalker works with excluded groups and cultural
groups within an urban community. In Linz and Nice they issue an invitation
to a banquet in the form of a "Fraschetta" – an Italian
tradition of celebrations, where drinks are free, but the guests bring
their own food. The documentation of the "Gesture of Hospitality"
that took place on the grounds of the Spinnerei, formerly a Voest residential
area, is shown in the exhibition and illustrates different regional
and social structures in a complementary show of the event in Nice.
Artist collective and activist group founded in 1995, Aldo Innocenti,
Valerio Romito, Francesco Carreri, live and work in Rome
van de Steeg / NL/FR
„Structures de Correction : La Table de Debat“,
2000 - 2004
In a series of installations, Niek van de Steeg investigates the "Structure
de Correction", obvious but also hidden democratic structures,
translating them into the form of an unstable negotiation table.
In the Installation at the O.K, the debating table is devoted to questions
of national identity, in which the exhibition visitors are also included
through art mediation programs.
Niek van de Steeg, born 1961 in the Netherlands, lives and works
in Lyon/ F
„I_D_Entities / SCRAM“, 2004
Tim Sharp deals with the theme of the historical dimension
of national identity and its visual representation using the example
of Helgoland, for which the German Empire traded Zanzibar with Great
Britain in late 1890.
A historical picture of an African woman in mounted into hand-colored
photographs of Helgoland, underlaid with up-to-date instructions for
attaining a new identity.
Tim Sharp, born in Perth, Scotland; lives and works in Vienna since
Ben Vautier /FR
„Ben Vautier kam nach Linz und sprach“,
In his work for Linz ("Ben Vautier Came to Linz and Spoke"),
Ben Vautier continues his work with ethnicism, which
he has conducted since the 60s and which is extensively documented on
the web site http://ethnisme.ben-vautier.com/
. His ideological starting point and his argument for an ethnic Internationale
form a counterposition to national views and demarcations, promoting
discussions particularly against the background of ethnically motivated
wars. With a graffiti-like wall work, Vautier postulates a statement
and illustrates his stance with the book "La clef".
Ben Vautier, born 1935 in Napoli, Italy, lives and works in Nice,
„Verso oltralpe, verso sudovest“,
Luca Vitone builds a viewing platform on the roof of the O.K, from which
the flag-bedecked Villa Arson in Nice can be seen in the south-west
through a prepared telescope. The red wheel on a black ground –
a conglomerate of anarchist and Roma flags – creates a subtle
reference linking both institutions. At the symbolic level it refers
to the pan-European phenomenon of the travelling and dispersed Roma.
With his work "Wide City" 1998, which is
also exhibited, he offers both institutions a common framework for exploring
the European region, its minorities, its internal and external borders.
Luca Vitone, born 1964 in Genoa, lives and works in Milan, Italy
"Camouflage. LOOK like them TALK like them",
Urban space is not only the etymological root of citizenship (citoyen),
it also stands historically for the freedom of citizens.
Against the background of anonymity in urban space, Jun Yang
tells three concrete stories of being foreign or illegal, blended in
the person X.
Jun Yang, born 1975 in China; lives and works in Vienna
SHAKE NIGHT 9 July 2004
7 pm Moviemento
AUSLÄNDER RAUS - SCHLINGENSIEFS CONTAINER
Film, A 2002, Digi-Beta, color and black and white, 90 min.
Director: Paul Poet
9 pm Summer Cinema
Film, Germany 2002 - Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Oliver Hangl: OK On Ear
Concerts and DJs parallel in the O.K Mediendeck and
Summer Cinema and via headphones in double-channel sound.
Midnight on the
deck of the O.K
State Banquet State of Sabotage
SOUP OF SABOTAGE
about 1 am Party
1 am Moviemento
Film, A 1977, color, 67 min.
Director: Franz Novotny
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