From 2018 to 2020, Kunstraum Lakeside will devote its program each year to a specific theme derived from its special standing as an institution for exhibition, performance, and discourse. The Kunstraum’s integration into a Science and Technology Park, and the linking of its events to the semester program at the University of Klagenfurt, raise questions about how visual artists interact with the fundamentals, possibilities, and limits of current knowledge production. What impact do activities and findings in science and technology have on artistic production? And, vice versa, how do formal and aesthetic decisions made by artists affect scientific and technological speculation? How can artists contribute through their practice to the thinking in existing disciplines, and how can they extend these deliberations using their own visual means and methods? What potential does art harbor for increasing our knowledge of the world, and how is this knowledge put to use outside its own frame of reference?
The planned three-year program will focus on fields of action that can be subsumed under the term “artistic research.” Artistic research, like art in general, allows us to gain aesthetic experience. In addition, however, it also offers artists an opportunity within their respective art practice—i.e., using their own media, formats, and modes of representation—to contemplate the framework conditions that govern their activities while keeping a close watch over the impact of their actions. Embedded in social, historical, and cultural interpretation contexts, artist research therefore enables us to respond to the constantly changing realities of our society. Kunstraum Lakeside will incorporate a self-reflexive loop into its exhibition program, one characterized by methodological openness while also reaching beyond the institution to take into account the socioeconomic conditions under which it operates and in this way participate productively in social discourses.
The first year of the program at Kunstraum Lakeside is devoted to the concept of “research.” As one of the foundations of an investigative practice designed to generate knowledge and insights, research is usually described as a goal-oriented process of finding information, consisting of the collection, validation, and analysis of data. In contrast to such a linearly organized process, research in an artistic context not only precedes the artistic work but becomes the actual object of the representation. By means of their research, artists bring certain topics and issues to our attention using visual means while also examining the possibilities and alternatives offered by their own visualization practice. Research is thus ultimately inseparable from the art object, and any boundaries drawn between the work and the methods that lead to it become obsolete.
Agnes Fuchs — Robustesse et perfection
Opening, March 15, 2018, 7 pm
Exhibition, March 16 – April 27, 2018
Johannes Porsch — Tropology
Opening, May 8, 2018, 7 pm
Exhibition, May 9 – June 22, 2018
Statement #01 | Edith Payer — On Things
Performance, June 28, 2018
Statement #02 | An Onghena — Performance for the Book
Performance, July 5, 2018
Joséphine Kaeppelin — Would you rather push the line or cross the line?
Opening, September 27, 2018, 7 pm
Exhibition, September 28 – November 2, 2018
Group exhibition with Nicoleta Auersperg, Oscar Cueto, Kyungrim Jang, Jakob Kirchweger, Mara Novak, Asher O’Gorman / Anne-Clara Stahl, Lola Pfeifer, David Reiner, Huda Takriti, Ayşe-Gül Yüceil
Opening, October 19, 2018, 7 pm
Exhibition, October 22–24, 2018
Group exhibition with Nicoleta Auersperg, Oscar Cueto, Kyungrim Jang, Jakob Kirchweger, Mara Novak, Asher O’Gorman, Lola Pfeifer, David Reiner, Anne-Clara Stahl, Huda Takriti, Ayşe-Gül Yüceil
Opening, November 13, 2018, 7 pm
Exhibition, November 14 – December 21, 2018
Statement #03 | Alfredo Barsuglia — SPRACHEIST
Performance, January 10, 2019
Statement #04 | Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller — PIVOT
Performance, January 24, 2019
The second program year at Kunstraum Lakeside will be devoted to the concept of “process.” Just as research, while fundamental to an investigative practice for generating knowledge and insights within an artistic context, can also become the actual subject of representation, the process also has the potential to emancipate itself from the work of art and become an experiment in its own right. To what extent these forms of exploratory experimentation are inherent to every artistic practice, and how artistic research must go beyond this in order not to be arbitrary, will be demonstrated through a dual reflection on the medium of expression and the object of expression: “Some believe that the visual arts are constantly experimenting as they seek the right form for their objects, reflecting on and revising their materials and media for this purpose. This very general and therefore not very productive perspective can be narrowed down further by focusing on practices that address experimentation itself as a process.”* The program therefore sets out to examine developmental processes in artistic creation: phases, evolutions and progressions, courses of events, unfoldings and procedures.
*Rickli, Hannes: “Experimentieren,” in: Badura, Jens et al. (eds.): Künstlerische Forschung.
Ein Handbuch, Zurich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2015, 135–138, here: 136.
Kathi Hofer — Cabin Essence
Opening, March 21, 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition, March 22 – April 26, 2019
Ricarda Denzer — To Tell A Story
Opening, May 7, 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition, May 8 – June 14, 2019
Statement #05 | Ulrich Nausner — The Visitor
Performance, June 27, 2019
Statement #06 | Anna Vasof — Useless Machine
Performance, July 4, 2019
Opening, October 1, 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition, October 2 – November 8, 2019
Group exhibition with Paula Bruna Pérez, Mercedes Mangrané Mora, Francisco Navarrete Sitja, David Ortiz Juan
Opening, November 19, 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition, November 20 – December 20 2019
Statement #07 | Ralo Mayer — The Tower, the Expo, the Echo, the Cell
Performance, January 9, 2020
Statement #08 | Stefan Riebel (with students of the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig) — Performing an Artspace
Performance, January 16, 2020