How to live together?

Pablo Chiereghin (artist) and Aldo Giannotti (artist), Catherine Ludwig (artist), Steffi Parlow (artist), Eva Schwab (researcher), Gabriele Stöger-Spevak (curator), Anahita Tabrizi (Green Light team at TBA 21)

A discussion about the relationship between architecture, the individual and community. How architecture is used, understood and inhabited? What is social space? Can any space be social? What stimulates space to be used in a particular way to aid or hinder the formation community? The discussion will consider how social behaviour can be altered through architectural construction from city planning, to designing for a specific use, to cohabitation in a shared living space through talks and presentations by artists, architects, academics, city planners and the general public.
The discussion organised and chaired by artist Evy Jokhova will start with a presentation of a particular project by each speaker, after which there will be a discussion which will also be opened up to the public for a Q&A.


Artists-in-Residence programme, RONDO, Graz
The two artists Pablo Chiereghin and Aldo Giannotti enter a totally unknown and self-sufficient social environment. Stressing their social capability, they influence the pre-existing social structures by bringing individuals and groups together, intending to create new relationships through highly participatory interventions. This project was undertaken during an Artists-in-Residence program in RONDO, Graz, Austria.

The social position determines the point of view. Detroit – Houses of hope: A-MEN (2014–16)
Catherine Ludwig will discuss her residency in Detroit/Hamtramck (2014), her living experience there’s and the experiences of different religious services that she attended as part of her residency. During her residency Ludwig started a mixed media project A-MEN.  Hamtramck, a social flashpoint in the USA, was the initial source of Ludwig’s artistic research.

This project is an initiative by the artists Steffi Parlow and Ida Westh-Hansen, which takes as its key concern different positions from various fields in order to connect people and passions. This monthly Talk Show takes place in changing locations with individual guests, who prepare a five-minute presentation on a topic or subject of interest of their choice.

How to use a memorial?
Eva Schwab will present the study Politics of Remembrance (PO­REM) that investigates social and political processes and practices that have shaped and transformed public spaces of remembrance in Vienna during the last two decades; focusing on me­morials representing political violence during Austro-Fascism and National Socialism.

The so-called Wotruba Church, Church of the Holy Trinity on the Georgenberg (St George’s Hill) in Wien-Mauer
Gabriele Stöger-Spevak
will present the so-called Wotruba Church, Church of the Holy Trinity on the Georgenberg (St George’s Hill) in Mauer, a part of Vienna´s 23rd district, was developed from a model of the Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba (1907–1975) and was constructed 1974 to 1976 after plans produced by architect Fritz Gerhard Mayr and Fritz Wotruba. The presentation will explain the formal appearance with its special aesthetics due to the dialogue of sculpture and architecture in this work, the difficult evolutionary history of this church concerning organization und politics as well as the public controversial debate.

Green Light
Anahita Tabriz will be presenting Green Light – an ambitious and diverse three-month program involving artists, refugees, students, migrants, academics and many more to investigate ways of respondig to socio- and geopolitical changes today put together by the Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA 21) and developed by the danish-iclandic artist Olafur Eliasson.


Pablo Chiereghin (Artist)
works with actions performances and cultural products. His research focuses on social and political dynamics and aims to stress the glitches among laws, rules, behaviors, stereotypes, languages and products. His work had been shown at CCC Strozzina Palazzo Strozzi Firenze, andata.ritorno Geneva, Trieste Biennale, Gallerie Laurence Bernard Geneva, Kunsthaus Vienna, Gallery Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels Vienna, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Micamera gallery Milano

Aldo Giannotti (Artist)
stages situations and constellations, using seemingly simple formations and encounters of people within a space to express social structures, social inequalities and the mechanisms of power relationships. His work has been shown at various institutions in Austria and abroad, including: Kunsthalle Wien; Lentos Museum Linz; Kunsthaus Graz, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen; Arge Kunst , Bolzano:  Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Biennale of Young Artists, Bucharest; Beijing Art Bienniale; CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence.

Ida Westh-Hansen
is a Danish artist currently based in Vienna where she studies Fine Art under Monica Bonvicini at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Catherine Ludwig (Artist)
is a German artist living and working in Vienna, Linz and Munich. Ludwig is a transmedia artist, transcending the traditional barriers of individual media in both her process and production. Ludwig holds a diploma Graphic Design from Nürnberg, an MA in Transmedia Art from University of applied Arts, Vienna, and a Kunsthalle Wien award for her diploma work “aus/sicht” (2006). She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and participated in residencies in China, Taiwan, Iceland, Russia, Germany, Austria, USA and Finland.

Steffi Parlow
is a German artist based in Vienna. She studied Cultural Studies at  Muthesius University Kiel, in Kiel (Germany), Fine Art at Faculdade de Belas Artes Porto (Portugal) and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Austria).

Dr. Eva Schwab (Researcher)
is a landscape architect and urban researcher working on the politics of public space production and socio-cultural space use. Using an interdisciplinary approach and mainly qualitative methodology, she has conducted investigations in Europe and Latin America. Eva Schwab holds a PhD from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Universität für Bodenkultur),

Mag. Gabriele Stöger-Spevak (Curator of the Fritz Wotruba Foundation)
studied history and selected subjects (art history, cultural studies) at the University of Vienna, and completed a three-year postgraduate course at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research at University of Vienna. Stöger-Spevak was the exhibitions curator at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts Vienna) from 1995-2008. Since 1995 she also holds the post of curator of the artistic und documentary estate of the Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba (1907–1975) at the Fritz Wotruba Foundation. Exhibitions, lectures and publications on the issues of Austrian cultural history, Austrian sculpture of the 20th century and on Fritz Wotruba.

Anahita Tabrizi
studied International Development and Political Sciences at the University of Vienna (2007-2014), specializing in the field of Asylum Policies, social matters and critical approach to political economy with a thesis on the European Asylum System. She works as a project coordinator and translator for Green Light at TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary). Previously Anahita Tabrizi has worked as an editor at the ÖH-Zeitschrift “Unique” (ÖH = Österreichische Hochschülerschaften). She has published papers and presented lectures on Asylum in International Politics.


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