Austrian philosopher Otto Neurath (1882-1945), a founder of the Vienna Circle and the Unity of Science movement, was a collaborator with the leading planners, architects and artists of his time: Adolf Loos, Rudolf Carnap, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Josef Frank, László Moholy-Nagy and Le Corbusier. Involved in housing development and museum exhibitions, Neurath promoted participatory forms of democratic exchange, eager to create what he termed a 'global polis.' His inclinations and efforts had a profound influence on a range of disciplines, including architecture, philosophy, economics, urbanism, and design.
The circa 1,500 works, work groups and bundles of documentation contained in this collection encompass the areas of fine art and architecture: from avant-garde movements of the 1920s to current artistic stances, the holdings encompass works in various media such as drawing, painting, photography video and film, as well as objects, sculptures, installations, environments and architecture-related contributions including designs, models and animations.
Published for the exhibition of the same title (126.96.36.199.2003). German/English/Russian 168 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations 21 x 22 cm, paperback Berliner Festspiele / MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag Publishers, Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2001
The notion of performativity shifts the focus to the activities of producing and making as well as to those actions, exchange processes, changes, and dynamics that define actors and cultural events. What is in the center therefore is not so much objects, monuments or artworks considered as representing a culture or a cultural self-image, but rather the dynamic processes of making and using them.