Maja & Reuben Fowkes
Luca Lo Pinto
Reflections on the intersection between art and architecture have been the impetus for the 6th edition of curated by_vienna. The historian Beatriz Colomina wrote an essay which serves as the basis for all the galleries and curators involved in this project.
International curators present exhibitions in Vienna’s leading contemporary art galleries.
With the project curated by_vienna departure, the creative unit of Vienna's Business Agency, supports the systematic collaboration of Viennese galleries with international curators. As multicultural metropolis in the heart of Europe, Vienna has a vibrant contemporary art scene, thanks to the galleries located in this city. With their cutting-edge programmes and by regularly participating at international art fairs, they have not only contributed to an international reputation, but also to the image of Vienna as focal point of the contemporary art scene.
After its successful start in 2009, curated by_vienna is now taking place for the sixth time. Within the framework of this project, a selection of Viennese galleries present exhibitions conceived by international curators.
Reflections on the intersection between art and architecture have been the impetus for this year’s edition of curated by_vienna. Based on these reflections, the renowned architectural historian Beatriz Colomina wrote an essay with the title „The Century of the Bed”, which serves as the basis for all the galleries and curators involved in this project.
The Century of the Bed
By Beatriz Colomina
In what is probably now a conservative estimate, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that 80% of young New York City professionals work regularly from bed. Millions of dispersed beds are taking over from concentrated office buildings. The boudoir is defeating the tower. Networked electronic technologies have removed any limit to what can be done in bed. It is not just that the bed/office has been made possible by new media. Rather new media is designed to extend a 100-year-old dream of domestic connectivity to millions of people. The city has moved into the bed.
How did we get here?
Industrialization brought with it the 8 hour shift and the radical separation between home and office/ factory, rest and work, night and day. Post-industrialization collapses work back into the home and takes it further into the bedroom and into the bed itself. Fantasmagoria is no longer lining the room in wallpaper, fabric, images, and objects. It is now in the electronic devices. The whole universe is concentrated on a small screen with the bed floating in an infinite sea of information. To lie down is not to rest but to move. The bed is now a site of action.
Between the bed inserted in the office and the office inserted in the bed a whole new horizontal architecture has taken over. It is magnified by the “flat” networks of social media that have themselves been fully integrated into the professional, business and industrial environment in a collapse of traditional distinctions between private and public, work and play, rest and action.
What is the architecture of this new space and time? What is the nature of this new interior in which we have decided collectively to check ourselves in? What is the architecture of this prison in which night and day, work and play are no longer differentiated and we are permanently under surveillance, even as we sleep in the control booth?*
The exhibitions within the framework of curated by_vienna: The Century of the Bed address these questions and raise new ones. The individual projects offer insight into the diverse artistic investigations with this topic, but also into different kinds of curatorial practices.
*Read the unabridged version of Beatriz Colomina’s essay in the publication, which will be published on the occasion of the opening of curated by_vienna: The Century of the Bed and contains contributions of all participating curators and galleries.
Galleries and curators:
Charim Galerie - Matteo Lucchetti
Kerstin Engholm Galerie - Carson Chan
Galerie Ernst Hilger - Alenka Gregorič
Galerie Andreas Huber - Kristina Scepanski
Galerie Martin Janda - Magalí Arriola
Georg Kargl Fine Arts - Francesco Stocchi
Knoll Galerie Wien - Maja & Reuben Fowkes
Christine König Galerie - Luca Lo Pinto
Krinzinger Projekte - Olga Sviblova
Krobath Wien - Rike Frank
Galerie Emanuel Layr - Egija Inzule
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art - Stephane Ackermann & Basak Senova
Galerie Meyer Kainer - Liam Gillick & Rachel Harrison
Galerie Mezzanin - Sabeth Buchmann
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder - Philipp Kaiser
Galerie Raum mit Licht - Moritz Küng
Gabriele Senn Galerie - Dirck Möllmann
Galerie Steinek - Peter Stastny
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman - Max Hollein
Galerie Hubert Winter - Abigail Solomon-Godeau
PROGRAM IN THE GALLERIES:
Krobath Wien, Thu, October 2, 6 - 9 pm:
Performances: Gerry Bibby, U.M.R.2: The Shape of Things Become, 2012-2014 und
Sarah Pierce, A real piece of work, 2014
Galerie Ernst Hilger:
Wed, October 1, 7.30 pm:
Preview & guided tour with curator Alenka Gregorič and artists Vuk Ćosić, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovac & Elvis Krstulovic), Mladen Stilinović und Raša Todosijević
Thu, October 2, 6 - 9 pm (opening):
Guided tour with curator Alenka Gregorič and the artists Vuk Ćosić, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovac & Elvis Krstulovic) und Raša Todosijević
Fri, October 3, 11 am and 3 pm:
Guided tour and talk with curator Alenka Gregorič and the artists Vuk Ćosić, Fokus Grupa (Iva Kovac & Elvis Krstulovic) und Raša Todosijević
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Press breakfast followed by a tour through the galleries:
Tue, October 2, 2014, 9.30 a.m.
Press conference with Beatriz Colomina (curatorial concept for curated by_vienna 2014) and Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör (department manager of departure) at HEUER am Karlsplatz.
Tue – Fri 12 am – 6 pm, Sat 11 am – 3 pm
Sat, October 4 and Sun, October 5 2014, 11 am – 5 pm