Wake Words

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Opening evening: TH, 30 09 2021, 5 - 10 pm
Duration: FR, 01 10 2021 – SA, 20 11 2021

An exhibition by and with The Golden Pixel Cooperative
Conceived by Enar de Dios Rodríguez, Olena Newkryta, and Marlies Poeschl


The departure point for the exhibition is the term “voice recognition”: It refers, on the one hand, to technological systems for language assistance and detection, which are silently creeping into many parts of our everyday lives. On the other, the second part of the formulation – recognition – indicates that this phenomenon already assumes a certain concept of a voice that is to be recognised. What is the basis of this (re)cognition? Which voices are heard, and which not? And isn’t there a potential advantage in remaining incognito?

Wake Words primarily presents moving image works and is thematically structured around the following four terms that obstruct the “correct” functioning of voice recognition systems: noise, echo, machine error, and improvisation. In this way, The Golden Pixel Cooperative activates visitors’ auditory perception. The open sound heard in the exhibition, designed by composer Rojin Sharafi, is based on the audio tracks of the works on display. The accompanying audio publication collects artistic-scientific contributions in the form of audio pieces.


Artists: Iris Blauensteiner & Rojin Sharafi, Enar de Dios Rodríguez, Eva Giolo, Nathalie Koger, Saadia Mirza, Joana Moll, Olena Newkryta & Nana Thurner, Pedro Oliveira, Bárbara Palomino Ruiz, Marlies Pöschl, Miae Son, Katharina Swoboda, Lisa Truttmann & Behrouz Rae, Diana Vidrascu, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Katarina Zdjelar

Audio Publication with contributions by: AM Kanngieser & Lucreccia Quintanilla, Constanze Ruhm, Jessica Feldman, Eleni Ikoniadou & Viki Steiri

Edition (ceramic object) by 3sechzig



Performance in the framework of Vienna Art Week:
Strom (Iris Blauensteiner & Rojin Sharafi): TH, 18 11 2021; 7:00 pm
Public Guided Tours:
FR, 01 10 2021; 5:00 pm Curator´s Tour
SA, 02 10 2021; 6:00 pm – 01:00 am Long Night of Museums Vienna

SA, 16 10 2021; 1:00 pm
SA, 30 10 2021; 1:00 pm 


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