Kunst Raum Niederösterreich


Sandra Monterroso, Musiq’/ Respiración del espíritu / Breath of the spirit, video-performance, 4:14” 2 P/A + 1/6, 2016

Sandra Monterroso, Musiq’/ Respiración del espíritu / Breath of the spirit, video-performance, 4:14” 2 P/A + 1/6, 2016   © Sandra Monterroso

Akram Al Halabi, Catrin Bolt, Tania Bruguera, Lana Čmajčanin, Sofia Cruz, Miss G (a.k.a. Giorgia Conceição), Pêdra Costa, Masha Dabelka, EsRAP , Kadir Fadhel, Fidel García, Markus Hiesleitner, Elvedin Klačar, Sylvi Kretzschmar, Camila Lobos, Sandra Monterroso, Naïma Mazic & William Ruiz Morales, Leandro Nerefuh, Female Obsession, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Jianan Qu, Dudu Quintanilha, Grethell Rasúa, Dania González Sanabria, Ela Spalding, Anna Witt

Exhibition and work in progress.


Opening: 20 10 2016, 5 pm

5.00 pm Lecture Gerardo Mosquera

7.00 pm Christiane Krejs, Karin Zimmer and Ursula Maria Probst

7.30 pm Performances: Miss G (a. k. a. Giorgia Conceição): „COUP/step #2“ and Jianan Qu: „Screening“


Duration: 21 10 2016 - 03 12 2016

Curator: Ursula Maria Probst

“We have to put Duchamp’s urinal back in the restroom.” — Tania Bruguera
Pussy Riot! Theaster Gates! Ai Weiwei! The Kunstraum Niederoesterreich is devoted to art that intervenes in politics and society. What effect can art have today and what means of articulation and scopes of action does it possess to face political and socio-economic conflicts? With “Touch the Reality. Rethinking Keywords of Political Performance” the Kunstraum takes a special look at art that strives for social and political change.
“Touch the Reality” showcases concepts and practices that transfer artistic work into a socio-political domain and how they employ an aesthetic of the performative, artivism, and the public space in the process. To what extent do contemporary performance practices affect a repoliticization of art and society? How can a discussion of these issues access new territories? How can new forms of articulation evolve in a direct exchange with artistic practices? A cause of present day conflicts, according to philosopher Jacques Rancière, can be found in an ambivalent understanding of democracy, which possesses a growing potential for conflict, as current political developments illustrate.
A focus of the exhibition – realised in a cooperation between the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Austrian Federal Chancellery, and KulturKontakt Austria and its artist-in-residence programme – is the exchange between the Cuban artists José Fidel García, Grethell Rasúa, Dania González Sanabria, and Susana Pilar, who reside in Vienna for three months, with Vienna-based artists in the development of joint projects.
General Program:

FR 21 10 2016, 7pm:

Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo: „Puesto De Mando III“

(72-hours-Live-Performance, meeting point: Kulturdrogerie Wien)


THUR 03 11 2016, 7pm:

Performance EsRAP,“rap as resistance”


TUE 15 11 2016, 4pm and 6,5pm:
Performance Naïma Mazic & William Ruiz Morales,

“Sharing HOME” (in the course of VIENNA ART WEEK)

7pm Performance Jianan Qu, „Screening“


THUR 17 11 2016, 7pm
Masha Dabelka, Lecture/Soundperformance „MusicOn Ribs“, and

Pêdra Costa, Performance „de_colon_isationpart 2: The Southern Ass“ (in the course of VIENNA ART WEEK)


A cooperation of Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Bundeskanzleramt, Artist-in-Residence Q21 and KulturKontakt Austria