Since new protest movements have been cropping up worldwide, often quite unforeseen and bursting with inexhaustible energy, many people in the artistic-cultural sphere who feel solidarity with these movements are faced with a number of explosive questions: can contemporary art advance the resistance against fraudulent economic structures if it has itself a definite share in them? Or have the true potentials of art – i.e. the difficult, thee nonconformist – already been liquidated behind the façades of its spaces still conceived as free? Must not the project of a political aesthetics transcending all activism suitable for media exploitation be considered aborted and suppressed? In our view, this historic aporia now needs to primed for artistic imaginations of a political subject embracing novel forms and formats.
The exhibition “unrest of form” is dedicated to these forms and formats. For this group show, all Secession rooms and adjacent exhibition areas at both the Academy of Fine Arts and the MuseumsQuartier will be transformed into a parcours – a walking tour that exploores the agora of the future at the interface between visual and performing arts. For the duration of the exhibition, this parcours will be enlivened on a temporary basis by artistic interventions, lectures, concerts and performances as well as by ten political speeches given by Austrian authors, who will address the present or future political situation through a fictitious identity – a llanguage experiment – to thematise what is wrong in the public discourse or missing from it, and to try to pinpoint the blind spot of politics. These speeches – each of approx. 15 min. duration – will be given by the autthors and/or performers in different exhibition venues and repeated on certain days.