STEIRISCHER HERBST 2014

On Saturday I visited the opening Tour of Steirischer Herbst in Graz.

This Festival takes place from 09/29 – 10/19 2014 all over the city of Graz and outside in selected towns and villages.

This years main theme is „I PREFER NOT TO … SHARE

steirischer herbst presents and supports current artistic working methods, characteristic styles and discourses. However, presenting productions is only the most visible part of the programme. Research, processes and developments are just as much part of this festival as spectacular performances, large-scale exhibitions, space-dominating concerts of New Music, architectural research, public debates and night after night of celebration.

I visited this Exhibitions / Openings:

10.00 < rotor > Territories
11.00 Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten Dort wo unsere Sprache endet, komme ich jeden Tag vorbei
12.00 Haus der Architektur Druot, Lacaton & Vassal – Tour Bois le Prêtre
12.30 Kunsthaus Graz / musikprotokoll The Enclave
13.00 Camera Austria The Militant Image
14.30 esc medien kunst labor Ministry of Hacking
15.00 Grazer Kunstverein Ronald Jones and Elio Montanari
16.00 KM- Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien ordinary freaks – The Principle of Coolness in Pop Culture, Theatre and Museum
17.00 Forum Stadtpark Parallel Borders 1
18.00 Festival centre Fortress of Backyards / Forms of Distancing
19.00 Antoniuskirche / Dennis Feser Rauhnacht

 

Just to name two projects of a long list that impressed me most:

Richard Mosse, The Enclave

This 6-channel Videoinstallation shows pictures from the civil war in Kongo. “The Enclave” is an impressive film installation that condenses authentic soundscapes and the terrifying, eerily coloured images captured on 16mm infrared film into an uncanny elegy to a nightmare known as war.

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The second one project is the video Rauhnacht by Dennis Feser.

Dennis Feser Website: http://dfeser.com/

Videostill, Rauhnacht, Dennis Feser

This is a second project with an african connection. Dennis Feser’s video work “Rauhnacht” centres on a fascination for Perchten and their manifestations and deeper meaning. Together with Nigerian performer Jelili Atiku he traces our perception of identity, authenticity and naturalness. According to popular belief, around the Twelfth Night the laws of nature are suspended, and the boundaries to other worlds stand open – animals can speak and predict the future, good and evil spirits roam the land.
Feser works between performance, video and sculpture. A very important feature of his installations is the bizarre costumes he designs, which he sees as body extensions.

 

 

 

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