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.

Program 2018

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

and|or—but, yeah*
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

and|or—but, yay*
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
Performance, January 17, 2019

Statement #04 | Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller
Performance, January 24, 2019