Press Release for INSTITUT 1 in MuseumsQuartier (Vienna)

INSTITUT [for contemporary art]

Exhibition / Ausstellung #1 „Miete Strom Gas oder Brasilien Wax“

im Museumsquartier/ freiraum / Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien

Artists /Künstlerinnen: David Jourdan, John Miller / Richard Hoeck, Tanja Widmann,

Pro Choice (Will Benedict / Lucie Stahl) mit Tom Humphreys, Christoph Meier, 

Constanze Schweiger / Jasmin Trabichler, Christian Mayer, Patrick Rampelotto,

Elisabeth Penker, Martin Vesely u.a.

Christoph Meier, "5 stäbe" 2008

Christoph Meier, "5 stäbe" 2008











Preview: 30. April 2009, 19-21 h

Ausstellungsdauer Fr 1. – So. 3. May 2009, 10-20 h


Do.., 30. April 20.30 Uhr

Constanze Schweiger / Jasmin Trabichler  „Two Step Slow Drag“

with sound guest Philip Quehenberger & DD Kern


Sa., 2. May 20Uhr

Tanja Widmann / „To offer you something 1/3“ (Tanja Widmann/Ulrike Köppinger)

DAVID JOURDAN "untitled" spray painted book cover, 2009

DAVID JOURDAN "untitled" spray painted book cover, 2009

















David Jourdans photos of his bookworks is at picasaweb (see below:) 

INSTITUT supported by BMUKK

*John Miller / Richard Hoeck, supported by KÖR, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien


 INSTITUT [for contemporary art] is a curatorial start-up to develop context-specific institutional models within a pre-existing infrastructure of another institution.

INSTITUT [ ] exhibitions are temporary (or spontaneous) and generally have a short run as they are between    2 previously organised exhibitions.

Things are going to get worse before they get better (B. Obama), therefore most of will have to start making some hard choices. Not only for individuals or families but institutions aswell… Content or surface, infrastructure or media hype, reality or illusion… or put another way Rent (& Utilities) or a Brazilian wax.                                                                                                       

“Miete, Strom and Gas. The title is taken from a 1980s museum exhibition from Martin Kippenberger, the title seemed relevant since the INSTITUT[ ] has no fixed home and is constantly migrating, interested purely in the infrastructure of others institutions. The INSTITUT[ ] is parasitic- utilising what is necessary and leaving everything else behind…  the exhibition as such is a running gag… but here the expression ‘running gag’ should be understood literally… Moving, continuing on, keeping up the pace… a good excuse for me to keep moving from city to city – because I need to be on the move. Still, part of me would like to stay put. Every time I move, I furnish an entire apartment.  So I spend money and to earn back the money spent… I put on some exhibitions.” (M. Kippenberger)

oder Brasilien Wax“ A ‚Brazilian wax’ in aninstitutional context is the illusion of success, how things appear on the surface. The Trojan horse most institutions utilize to attract private and corporate sponsors to support their institutional endeavors… So in times of financial crisis, institutions must streamline all activities but retain the allure of success, so the sexier the better. Luxury is in the details… or as Le Corbusier stated the luxury object is well made, neat and clean, pure and healthy, and its bareness reveals the quality of its manufacture [where as low-culture] trash is always abundantly decorated.

Michael Hall


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