ps/o6.c. encuentrovienna
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Ultra-red | Encuentro Vienna
Part of the Exhibition "Ear Appeal"
Doreen Mende, Curator

WUK | Kunsthalle Exnergasse
Saturday, 21 October 2006
12.30 - 17.00 PM

Währinger Strasse 59
1090 Wien, Austria
Tel. +43 (1) 40121-41/42

On Saturday, October 21 at Vienna's WUK | Kunsthalle Exnergasse, sound artists Ultra-red host ENCUENTRO, a public gathering that brings together local artists, activists, and community organizers. Titled "ENCUENTRO" for the Spanish word "gathering", this Ultra-red event invites local audiences to come together and reflect on pertinent issues facing struggles for social justice and the role of art practice in those struggles. The ENCUENTRO is open to the public for artists, community organizers, and anyone interested in strategizing around the intersection between critical art practice and political intervention.

Ultra-red are featured artists in the Kunsthalle Exnergasse exhibit "Ear Appeal," curated by Doreen Mende. Seizing upon the theme of sound and political inquiry that is central to the exhibit, Ultra-red conceive of the ENCUENTRO as an opportunity to learn about the various strands of mobilization occurring in Vienna. Leading off with the question, "What is the sound of the war on the poor in Vienna," Ultra-red's ENCUENTRO is part of a larger engagement with Vienna. In 2007, Ultra-red intend on realizing a public art project in Vienna based on responses to the question, "What is the sound of the war on the poor in Vienna." As in all Ultra-red projects, the 2007 public work will arise out of exchanges with local struggles.

The exchanges that will inform Ultra-red's collaborations in Vienna begin with the ENCUENTRO on October 21. Ultra-red invite all community organizers, activists, and politically-engaged artists to gather on October 21 and collectively reflect on the issues of poverty and precariousness in Vienna. Ultra-red members Manuela Bojadzijev and Dont Rhine facilitate the ENCUENTRO as we reflect on the question, "What is the sound of the war on the poor in Vienna?"

  • Who are the poor?
  • What does it mean to think of poverty and precariousness as a war on the poor?
  • What is suggested by thinking of that conflict in terms of sound?
  • What does a political reflection gain from situating this discussion within the cultural, the artistic, or the affective?
  • And, finally, what analysis of poverty can we make based on our reflections on this question?

Facilitators: Manuela Bojadzijev (Berlin) and Dont Rhine (Los Angeles)

12.30 - 13.00 LUNCH RECEPTION

13.00 - 14.00 SESSION ONE (30 minutes each)
Roland Atzmuller - Güdel Soundscape
Fahim.Amir - Ute Bock Projekt Soundscape

14.00 - 14.45 DISCUSSION

14.45 - 15.00 BREAK

15.00 - 16.00 SESSION TWO (30 minutes each)
Tania Martini - Lugner City Soundscape
Jakob Weingartner - Brunnenmakt Soundscape

16.00 - 16.30 DISCUSSION