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Angewandte: TRANS-FORMA. Ausstellung und Events ab 14. Nov 2018


Zur Zeit der Vienna Art Week präsentiert die Universitätsgalerie der Angewandten im Heiligenkreuzerhof eine Ausstellung sowie Veranstaltungen, die beide zeitgenössischen Ritualen nachgehen und zeigen, wie diese Menschenmengen formen, steuern und organisieren. Es geht um neue Formen der Maskierung, um wilde Tänze in Straßen, Clubs und medialen Räumen und darum, wie entlang solch archaischer Praktiken gesellschaftskritische Energie und neue Strategien von Rebellion entstehen.

Details zu den Veranstaltungen auf www.dieangewandte.at und auf facebook.com. Kuratiert von Bogomir Doringer.

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien: Ausstellung: TRANS-FORMA

Ein Projekt der Abtlg. Social Design in Zusammenarbeit mit der Abtlg. Ortsbezogene Kunst

Eröffnung am 14.11. um 18 Uhr / Eröffnungskonzert mit Electric Indigo am 14.11. um 21.30 Uhr

Zeit: Eröffnung am Mittwoch 14. November 2018 um 18 Uhr / Ausstellungsdauer: 15. Nov. bis 15 Dez. 2018 / Do bis Sa 14 bis 18 Uhr

Eröffnungskonzert von Electric Indigo ab 21.30 Uhr in der Angewandten, 3., Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3

Ort: Universitätsgalerie der Angewandten im Heiligenkreuzerhof, 1., Schönlaterngasse 5. Eintritt frei.


TAG WORDS: Rave-o-Lution, Protests, Dance of Urgency, Activism, Spiritualism, Trance. The Altered States of Consciousness, Ephemeral Architecture, Safe Spaces, Contemporary Rituals, Urban Planning, Gentrification, Appropriation, Dead Zones, Drug Policy, Clubbing, LGBTQ+...

The rise of crowds seems to fluctuate as a reflection on the actual political climate. We value the freedom we have and aim for individualism, yet we are also fascinated and drawn to crowds in time of insecurities and fear.

This exhibition takes the ongoing research project I Dance Alone by the Serbian/Dutch artistic research PhD student Bogomir Doringer (University of Applied Arts Vienna) as a starting point. In 2014 he started filming various clubs from a bird's-eye view, aiming to document variations of collective and individual choreographies worldwide. His project insists on two different forms of dancing: that of urgency and that of entertainment. Functions of dance can be social, ceremonial, erotic, liturgical, competitive, martial - and as Doringer adds: political.

For instance, in countries where the social system has failed and cultural institutions are absent, clubs act as a gathering hub where a "collective body can be formed, moving, educating, and at times manipulating young people. Dance floors trigger social interactions - potentially political or even a form of activism or spiritualism - that could be applied in the outside world. Among many questions Doringer's project is also asking if clubs might be understood as spaces for practising the power of collectivism: Are they some kind of formalin in which the collective body is preserved until emergencies arise?

Trans-Forma starts from research on club culture as an initiator of changes, as a form of activism, as an artistic expression where dancing is seen as an urgency in times of socio-political crisis. Collective dances and participation are understood as a transformative mechanism of survival, but also as an individual and collective empowerment. Restrictive political systems and social hypocrisy are giving birth to new parties concepts and groups. The new youth is organizing itself from the dance floor, in demand for recognition and free spaces in which the curatorial agenda addresses political urgencies. Vulnerable bodies through the state of trance experiences transform oneself or groups, further reshaping urban spaces and structures. Urban planning and changes in cities started increasingly involving club culture and contemporary rituals of dancing and gathering as a way of changing spaces, reanimating dead city zones. The economic value of such gatherings is being recognized and negotiated.

Some of these practices recall not that far away history or ancient rituals. In 2019 we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which took place from August 15 to 17, 1969 in the Catskill Mountains of Southern New York State and is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation.


Mag.a Andrea Danmayr

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