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Rocket Launch and Reflections on The School of Kyiv

Lecture, screening, discussion

Lecture, screening, discussion

13.09.2016, 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Cinema Mladost‘
Hviezdoslavovo námestie 171/17, 811 02 Bratislava

Screening Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch, 2015, 10 min

The lecture and discussion will be held in English.

The old tranzit.sk studios are starring in the film Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch, Josef Dabernig’s contribution to The School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial (2015). tranzit.sk presents this movie and its author in an evening debate on the Biennial that has taken place in Kyiv and cities around Europe since last year when Ukraine was at war with Russia and suffering from an economic crisis and social insecurity, a time that seemingly had other priorities than an international art event. Yet, The School of Kyiv imagined proposing alternative pictures of history and currents and other futures for the place. In this way, it hoped that the agora it set up could help to suspend the opposition between aesthetics and politics, between the politics of memory and remembering, between the real and the imaginary, oscillating between even antagonistic realms.

Hedwig Saxenhuber, co-curator of The School of Kyiv, Josef Dabernig and Boris Ondreička will talk about Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch and reflect on the conditions of curating during this complex period while reconsidering the notion of “the uses of art.”

Hedwig Saxenhuber is a curator and co-editor of springerin Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Vienna. From 2005 to 2015 she was program director (with Christian Kravagna) at Kunstraum Lakeside in Klagenfurt. Her recent large-scale projects include The School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial 2015, Unrest of Form – Imagining the Political Subject (with Georg Schöllhammer and Stefanie Carp, Vienna Festival, MQ, 2013); Bad Script for a Retrospective, Josef Dabernig (P74, Ljubljana 2011) Bertha von Suttner Revisited, (Schloss Harmannsdorf, with Susanne Neuburger, 2009); Ladies Almanach, (tranzit.cz, Prague, 2009); Art + Politics, from the Collection of the City of Vienna (MUSA, Vienna 2008); Gyumri Biennial, Armenia, 2008; VALIE EXPORT (Moscow Bienal, NCCA, 2007). She is an associate member of the Vienna Secession.

Josef Dabernig is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. He graduated with a degree in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1981, before extending his artistic practice to film, photography, text and questions of architectural display. His work has been exhibited at the Manifesta in Ljubljana and St. Petersburg (2000 and 2014), the Venice Biennial (2001 and 2003), the Gwangju Biennial (2012) and the Kyiv Biennial (2015), while his film festival presence includes Rotterdam, Toronto, Venice and an Oberhausen Profile this year. Dabernig’s recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Kunsthaus/Neue Galerie in Graz (2013), tranzit workshops, Bratislava (2013), MOCAK, Krakow (2013), mumok Vienna (2014), Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2014), Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2015), P74 Gallery, Ljubljana (2015), Lulu, Mexico City (2016), Kunsthalle Winterthur (2016) and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2017).

Boris Ondreička is a curator, artist, author and singer based in Bratislava and Vienna. He was project coordinator at the Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, director of tranzit.sk, Bratislava, and since 2012 he has served as a curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, where he co-curated Rare Earth, Supper Club, Tomorrow Morning Line, Ephemeropteræ (since 2012) and recently Olafur Eliasson Green Light—An Artistic Workshop. Among others, he co-curated Manifesta 8 in Murcia and Cartagena. In 2010, he co-founded the Julius Koller Society. His artistic projects were presented at Manifesta 2, Biennials in Luxembourg, Venice (Czecho-slovak & Roma pavilions), Prague, Gyumri, Torino, Anzengruber, Tai-Pei, Athens, Kyiv and Jakarta, MoMA-PS1 New York, BAK Utrecht and many others. His HI! lo was published at tranzit/jrp Ringier and One Second/Out of Time at Revolver. Since 1987 he has been the lead-singer and lyricist of the Bratislava band, Kosa z nosa.

The event is organized by tranzit.sk in collaboration with APART.

Josef Dabernig, Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch, Filmstill
© Bildrecht, Vienna