Cooking the city - opening
Fun - meet the artists - drinks and music
“Contingency is, quite simply, the fact that things could be otherwise than they are”
William Rasch, Niklas Luhmann’s Modernity: The Paradoxes of Differentiation
Thinking of the city as a space produced by the interaction of historically and geographically
specific institutions, social relations of reproduction, practices of government, forms and
media of communication and so forth (James Donald), five artistic positions, engaging
tangentially with such topics in their work are being presented. Vienna becomes in this
scenario merely the ‘kitchen’ where the participating artists currently live (or have lived). Its
specificity is not researched directly, but the city is looked at as a representation, an
“imagined environment” (James Donald), of course without denying the factors contributing
to Vienna’s status as a global city (Saskia Sassen’s concept). The works presented are interswitching
perspectives and open up various pathways of reading the triangle city, space and
its inhabitants (the social body), altering poetical, metaphorical views with frontal experiences
of the city space as a migrant or becoming-subject or simply as a flaneur.
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