KUNST statt/oder BAU
ART instead of/or ARCHITECTURE
Discussion about Public Art

Über die problematische Beziehung zweier Kunstformen (On the Problematic Relationship between Two Art Forms)

Led by Michael Zinganel

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6 p.m.
In the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich
Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna

This discussion about public art led by the architectural theorist Michael Zinganel will focus on art in architecture. Although it is a genre that seems obsolete, this is not really the case, as can be seen not only in everyday practice, but also the many intersections between art and architecture. Together with Gabu Heindl, Stanislaus von Moos, and Anselm Wagner, Zinganel sheds light on the misunderstandings and the potentials involved when these two fields work together. This will be accompanied by an ironic city tour guided by Rupert Lehofer.

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Art in architecture plays a minor role, literally as the "wall flower," at the margins of a currently booming discourse on activism and activation, empowerment, participatory appropriation, and the design of public spaces, despite the fact that art in architecture is actually a common practice. Due to the historic competition between the two genres, artists and architects are likely to find themselves less in an extraordinary synergistic collaboration and more frequently in a competition for space, resources, and attention, although they obviously have many interests in common.
With the beginning of modernism, each field claimed its independence from the other. A. Wagner once said that "after Adolf Loos criminalized the ornament, art in architecture could even be seen as something like morally, socially, and economically dubious tattoos; however, in the last two decades, not only has the tattoo now become mainstream," so have ornaments on buildings. The synthesis of art and architecture became necessary in (late) modernism in order to humanize a cold and rational vocabulary of forms. Architecture was seen as a kind of monumental sculpture that structured space, while also serving as a publically effective picture support for political messages – not to mention providing a place for social encounters.
Today, art and architecture often compete with each other as extensions of those commissioning them. Art and architecture have also become part of mainstream society as visual landmarks, branding tools, and elements of post-Fordist theme worlds. The "art and architecture complex" (Hal Foster) is not limited to post-revolutionary societies, big companies, and megacities; it also influences even the smallest communities and institutions, especially cultural buildings and festivals.
In this light, we must ask: Can we still realize an art in architecture that does not come before or after the building process and is not separate from the building, but rather still represents a critical and socially relevant contribution?
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Schedule of Events:
6 p.m.: Scenic tour through the city guided by the actor and director Rupert Lehofer and cultural historian and artist Michael Zinganel (Vienna).
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7 p.m.: Lectures by
Stanislaus von Moos, art historian (Lucerne): “Das spezifische Gewicht der Architektur” (The Specific Weight of Architecture)

Anselm Wagner, art historian and architectural theorist (Graz): “Tattoo am Bau” (Tattoos in Architecture)

Gabu Heindl, architect (Vienna): “Tati am Bau: Kino Kunst Architektur” (Tati in Architecture: Cinema, Art, Architecture)

Concept by Michael Zinganel

Gabu Heindl is an architect. She studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Geidai University in Tokyo, and Princeton University, USA. She became a teacher at the Institute for Art and Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2007. Prior to that, she taught at the TU Graz, TU Delft, and the Berlage Institute Rotterdam. She is a member of the Architecture Commission of the Austrian real estate association BIG and the chairwoman of the Austrian architecture society ÖGFA. She has realized several public cultural buildings and housing projects. She also does research and publishes works about labor, urbanism, and everyday life. She has published articles in journals like JAE, Umbau, Volume, and derive, and was a guest editor of the architecture magazine era21 no.1/2012. Her books include Arbeit Zeit Raum. Bilder und Bauten der Arbeit im Postfordismus (2008), position alltag – architecture in the context of everyday life (2009), and Just Architecture (publication pending).

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Rupert Lehofer is an actor, playwright, and author. He works at several theaters, including the TiB in Graz and Das Tag in Vienna. Art and architecture is a theme in his theatrical work “Heisse Luft. Ein regionales Branding-Theater” (Hot Air. A Regional Branding Theater) (2008). http://mhmz.at/2008/09/10/heis...

Stanislaus von Moos is an art historian born 1940 in Lucerne. He has written books on Le Corbusier (1968; new English edition in 2009), Italian Renaissance architecture (Turm und Bollwerk, 1976), the architecture of Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates (1. Volume in 1987; 2. Volume in 1999), and the history of design in Switzerland (Industrieästhetik, 1992). He was a professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of Zurich 1983–2005. He has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture since 2010. His research focuses on modern architecture in Switzerland and the relationship between visual art and architecture in the 20th century.

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Anselm Wagner is a university professor. He was born in Salzburg in 1965. He studied art history and philosophy in Salzburg and Munich. He was co-founder and director of the Galerie 5020 in Salzburg 1992–1996. He has taught at the Universities of Salzburg, Vienna, and Graz and was a visiting professor at the TU Wien, TU Graz, and the University of Minnesota, USA. He was also an editor of the art magazines frame and spike. He became a professor of architectural theory at the TU Graz in 2010. His most recent publications include Abfallmoderne. Zu den Schmutzrändern der Kultur (second edition 2012), Was bleibt von der ‘Grazer Schule’? Architektur-Utopien seit den 1960er Jahren revisited (2012), and Is There (Anti-)Neoliberal Architecture? (2013).

Michael Zinganel is an architectural theorist, artist, and curator. He has organized exhibitions and projects about planning mythologies and everyday architecture; crime as a productive force for the development of security technology, architecture, and the city; as well as tourism and migration. He served as a curator for visual art at the Forum Stadtpark Graz 1996–2003. He has also taught at various universities and academies. Most recently he was a research and teaching assistant at the Bauhaus Kolleg, the postgraduate academy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation 2011-2012. In 2012, he co-founded http://www.tracingspaces.net