"Face to Face with the Monument"

a project by Chto Delat with invited guests

By and with Chto Delat Curator Wolfgang Schlag Dramaturgy Birgit Lurz

Concept and execution of installation Iris Andraschek, bankleer, John Barker, Luigi Coppola, Ines Doujak, Olga Egorova/Chto Delat, Werner Fenz, Eduard Freudmann, Mischa Gabowitsch, Marjana Gaponenko, Nina Gasteva/Chto Delat, Jochen Gerz, IRWIN, Alfredo Jaar, Tomas Zierhofer-Kin, Erich Klein, Wolfgang Kos, Martin Krenn, Chor des KSŠŠD, Hubert Lobnig, Ernst Logar, Oliver Marchart, Mieze Medusa, Suzana Milevska, Nikolay Oleynikov/Chto Delat, Aliona Petit/Chto Delat, Oliver Ressler, Schwabinggrad Ballett, Nora Sternfeld, Heidemarie Uhl and others.

Production Wiener Festwochen In co-operation with Hundsturm/Volkstheater Wien, Department of Architecture and Urbanism/University of Art and Design Linz, Institute of Political Science/Vienna University, Wien Museum, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, ost klub, Rudolf Steiner-Schule Wien-Mauer

The Russian artists’ collective Chto Delat (which translates as »What is to be done?«) views itself as a platform for a great variety of disciplines, such as visual arts, literature, sociology, music, philosophy, choreography and art criticism. Its activist mission is reflected in its name, and the collective invites Wiener Festwochen audiences as well as local and international artists to reflect on the significance that should be ascribed to monuments, memorials and established structures within a culture and policy of commemoration in relation to our awareness of history. Are not monuments such as the »Heroes’ Monument of the Red Army« in Vienna’s Schwarzenbergplatz expressions of an obsolete culture of memory? How can a policy of commemoration empower individual groups of the population to develop their own rituals that assign importance to specific spaces?

For five weeks, the installation Face to Face with the Monument by Chto Delat will transform Schwarzenbergplatz square into a forum: the »unknown soldier« is to descend from his monument and, as an alienated sculpture, will become an artistic part of the installation. A large poster wall that changes every week will showcase works by different artists. Sound walks, performances, lectures and keynote speeches, a postcard project and mediation programmes taking the form of a collectively designed mural as well as dance workshops will be offered on-site; »Park Radio« will feature live reports.

Irwin is participating with the billboard project State in Time, Vienna 2014.

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