CODED CULTURES Pre-event: ca. 2 jō - substitute of common places, Opening: May 25, 2009 7 PM, University of Applied Arts - May 25th, 2009

The exhibition was developed within the course of Dr. Georg Russegger at the department of “Transmedia Arts”. Related to the context of CODED CULTURES and the »Austria-Japan Year 2009« the aim was to explore contents and practices of creative self-design and self-organization, to raise questions about binational cooperations of artists and artistic projects.

By presenting examples and research footage from Japanese arts and cultures the goal was to establish an external view on these conditions. The indoctrination of a cooperation year does not suffice to create common places and common situations per se. Dealing with the issue of artistic ideas and developments opens the opportunity to create a think tank of unforced interpretations and ideas which can also lead to substitutes of cooperation.
In this sense each student had to develop an idea in cooperation with a Japanese counterpart, to establish a set of communications leading to an art piece. Those are exhibited in a glass porch with the size of A (Jap. square measure) which serves as a metaphor for the lack of space in Japan. The thereby percieved spacial density reflects the intellectual density the artists’ aim to achieve in the exhibition.

University of Applied Arts
ca. 2 jo – substitute of common places
(Transmedia Arts Department)
Opening: 25.5., 19.00
Open daily: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Participating Artists:

Verena Dürr
Kathrin Kaiser
Wolfgang Lehrner
Alexander Martinz
Tobias Pilz
Johann Scholz
Nicole Weniger