“The Schrebergarten, Untitled” Now Open!

Dear Friends,

The Schrebergarten, Untitled is now at the Karlsplatz. It will be there from now till August 10, 2010. Opening hours are from Tuesday- Saturday 2pm-8pm, Sunday from 2pm-6pm and closed on Mondays. The Schrebergarten Untitled, is part of a series of Art-in-Public space works from Home is Where the Art Is, a collective that focuses on articulations of home and domesticity and play it out in public space.

Here is a short summary to pique your interest (a German version is written below):

The Schrebergarten, Untitled is an intervention in the form of an investigative project into the workings of a garden community in Stadlau-Smolagasse  in the 22nd District of Vienna.

The focus of the “expedition” is to discover social habits, activities and guidelines that govern this community of Schrebergaerten. The field research looks into the day- to- day running of the Schrebergarten , the social interactions within it, and the relationships between the Schrebergarten owners and the gardens they tend . It also sets out to document facts, rituals, relationships, social hierarchies, garden gnomes and garden houses. In the end, The Schrebergarten, Untitled is an anthropological endeavor turned on its head that opens questions into ethnographical inquests, post-colonial subjectivity and highlights the divergent characters and characteristics of those who reside within the city of Vienna.

The results of the field research is archived in a mobile research lab, a caravan, stationed in Karlsplatz from July 29- August 10, 2010.

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The Schrebergarten, Untitled: Eine Überschreitung Transdanubiens

The Schrebergarten, Untitled, ist eine Intervention in Form eines Feldforschungsprojekts das sich mit der Gartengemeinschaft in Stadtlau-Smolagasse, im 22. Bezirk von Wien auseinandersetzt.

Der Schwerpunkt der Expedition liegt auf der Untersuchung von sozialen Gewohnheiten, Aktivitäten, Richtlinen und Werten, die das Zusammenleben in den Schrebergärten bestimmen. Es soll ein Blick auf den Alltag einschließlich den sozialen Interaktionen geworfen werden – also die Beziehungen der Schrebergärtner untereinander – und in gleicherweise auf den Grund den sie bebauen und pflegen. Dabei kommen Rituale, Beziehungen, soziale Hierachien, sowie Gartenzwerge und Gartenhäuser zum Vorschein. Schließlich versteht sich Schrebergarten, Untitled als antropologisches Bestreben kritische Fragen nach ethnografischer Herkunft und postkolonialer Subjektivität zu stellen, innerhalb dessen die divergierenden Eigenschaften und Eigenheiten der Stadtbewohner Wiens zu Tage treten.

Die Resultate des Forschungsprojekts werden im mobilen Forschungslabor – einem Wohnwagen – zwischen 29. Juli und 10. August 2010 am Karlsplatz in Wien präsentiert.

“Today artists cannot pretend any more to constitute an avant-garde offering a radical critique, but this is not a reason to proclaim that their political role has ended. They still can play an important role in the hegemonic struggle by subverting the dominant hegemony and by contributing to the construction of new subjectivities.”

Chantal Mouffe

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