“After all, what is a thing, or indeed a person, if not a tying
together of the lines—the paths of growth and movement—of all
the many constituents gathered there?”
Tim Ingold

“We need to cultivate a bit of anthropomorphism —the idea that
human agency has some echoes in nonhuman nature—to counter
the narcissism of humans in charge of the world.”
Jane Bennett

“The knowing grows from and is the knower’s skills
of maintaining relatedness with the known.”
Nurit Bird-David

Annual program 2022 — A Sense of Relatedness

The more microscopically we examine material—and immaterial—objects, the more difficult it becomes to separate them from their surroundings. I am not available without my intestinal flora, without the microbes on my skin, without the electrical impulses in my brain, or the histories of my family, my milieu, my address… Where do I begin and where do I end? What is the nature of the borders between organic and anorganic bodies? And what happens when these different entities collide? Which forces form this encounter and how do they affect such an event?

In its 2022 annual program A Sense of Relatedness, Kunstraum Lakeside investigates an array of different types of relationships: The focus is connecting lines, entanglements, alliances, networks, or kinships and their underlying mechanisms; it explores encounters between the human and nonhuman, between the material and immaterial, between the organic and technical, and, last but not least, between places and times. Global networking and mobility within social, political, and economic structures, above all, give rise to variable life models and practices, which renew and extend themselves, in turn, to cultivate new conventions. Despite this rather positive viewpoint on global manifestations of relationships, the elements of the mutual references remain multipartite, fragmentary, almost hard to grasp and chaotic. The whole becomes a more than just the sum of the individual parts, a chain of disparate elements, a configuration whose force continually assumes a new form due to the shifting relationships of its constituents. In the annual program A Sense of Relatedness, Kunstraum Lakeside traces the ubiquitous longing for a sense of clarity, comprehensible entities, and predictable outcomes, and contrasts it with images that consider the incomplete, diverse, and volatile—they are not images of the either-or but of the as-well-as.

Birgit Knoechl
Opening, March 15, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition, March 16 – April 22, 2022

Simona Koch — Interbeing
Opening, May 10, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition, May 11 – June 9, 2022

Statement #17 | Eva Engelbert — Keep moving, also while standing
Lecture Performance, June 14, 2022, 7 pm
Open Space, from 5 pm

Statement #18 | Marie-Andrée Pellerin — Speculative Keys
Performance, June 21, 2022, 7 pm
Open Space, from 5 pm

Riccardo Giacconi — Sipario
Opening, September 27, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition, September 28 – November 4, 2022

Jojo Gronostay — A Hymn Of Eternal Values
Opening, November 15, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition, November 16 – December 23, 2022

Statement #19 | Rilaben/Paz — Dear Lucy
Performative installation, January 17, 2023, 3 – 7 pm

Statement #20 | AG Minimales Reisen — Parallel Protocols
Project presentation, January 25, 2023, 2–6 pm
Performace, January 25, 2023, 5 pm

Each year, Kunstraum Lakeside devotes its program 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. The artistic program focuses 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.

Exhibitions 2018 — Research
Exhibitions 2019 — Process
Exhibitions 2020 — Format
Exhibitions 2021 — Future Perfect
Exhibitions 2022 — A Sense of Relatedness
Exhibitions 2023 — Hollow Ground