The event series MAK NITE Lab is a platform for experiments and experimental designs. MAK NITE Lab is the MAK’s open laboratory for intercreativity held on selected Tuesday evenings; it serves as a practical field of experimentation for the contemporary scene and features artistic stances from contemporary art, (fashion) design, performance, architecture, media and audiovisual art.
The event series MAK NITE Lab is a platform for experiments and experimental designs. MAK NITE Lab is the MAK’s open laboratory for intercreativity held on selected Tuesday evenings; it serves as a practical field of experimentation for the contemporary scene and features artistic stances from contemporary art, (fashion) design, performance, architecture, media and audiovisual art.

Single-evening experimental designs present the opportunity for European artists, architects and designers (mostly of the younger generation) to publically introduce important aspects of their work. On the basis of an experimental and process-oriented conception of art, MAK NITE Lab opens up zones of creativity for diverse subjective interpretations of what it means to produce and perceive art; various types of performance art, film/video and installations, as well as inter-creative approaches and all manner of mixtures thereof, are given special emphasis.

MAK NITE Lab is held on selected Tuesday evenings; admission is free.

Series Curator: Marlies Wirth
With the event series MAK NITE, the MAK has been offering an open platform for experimental, cross-disciplinary art projects and performances in a museum setting for over ten years. Renamed MAK NITE Lab in 2012, the series now devotes itself to current museum-related issues in the context of exhibition and collection projects, as well as to the universal topic “For Change” in preparation for the European Triennial for Change, which is planned to take place in 2014.

For the MAK, the relevance of applied art for the present and the future, as well as applied art’s role as a source of inspiration for the areas of contemporary art, design and architecture, is an issue of special significance. The question, “What is applied art today?” is crucial not only to the MAK’s collecting and exhibiting activities, but also to the conception of the event program and, hence, to MAK NITE Lab.

The MAK NITE Labs thus support the MAK’s transformation into a “Museum of Applied Space of the Future” by making visible stances from the arts, architecture and design which are compatible with the museum’s mission and vision. To this end, thematically oriented cooperative relationships have been sought out and synergies have been used as part of upcoming exhibition projects.
Due to the MAK’s international orientation as a Viennese museum with branches in Brtnice* (Czech Republic) and Los Angeles**, it is also planned to involve former participants in the MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, as well as MAK-relevant international artists, designers and architects in the context of MAK NITE Labs and/or cross-disciplinary events.

*Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice. A joint branch of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK in Vienna.
** MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles.

Paneltalk/Slide Show

STEALTH. unlimited

iCalTue, 09.12.2014, 7.00 PM–10.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

with Stealth Architects and Stefan Gruber on Housing Projects.
Guest curator Maria Lind, VIENNA BIENNALE 2015
Guest curator Maria Lind, VIENNA BIENNALE 2015

Michael Riedel reads Oskar

iCalTue, 18.11.2014, 8.00 PM–12.00 AM

MAK Columned Main Hall

Based in Frankfurt am Main, the artist Michael Riedel (* 1972) interferes with the very system of the art world with his conceptual overpaintings. His reproductions of works, exhibitions, concerts, readings, and club nights have developed their own matrix, an aesthetic form resulting from their examination of artistic production, performance, and communication. True to the motto “Record—Label—Play Back,” the language of cultural events, art institutions, and publications is analyzed and, by appropriating the media and style of “icons” of contemporary art like Gilbert & George, Christopher Wool, Jim Iserman, and Joseph Kosuth, the idea of Andy Warhol’s Factory is reactivated—at times also in collaboration with other, like-minded artists. Riedel’s first interventions took place in the context of the legendary art space “Oskar-von-Miller-Straße 16”—originally located opposite the Portikus (Frankfurt/Main)—which is simultaneously a studio, exhibition space, and party location. Initiated in 2000, as one of his current projects Riedel has sent a selection of the program until 2011 on tour, accompanied by his recently published book Oskar. Michael Riedel (2014), copyright Michael Riedel, Dennis Loesch.

Curators: Bärbel Vischer, Marlies Wirth
In the context of the VIENNA ART WEEK 2014

Fernando García-Dory

On art, agriculture, and the countryside: possible futures of existing initiatives in the fields
iCalTue, 11.11.2014, 7.00 PM–10.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

Traditionally the rural has been seen as a sort of “promised land.” Artists—individually or in a wide range of community projects—again turn their attention to the land as a fertile ground to sustain artistic practice and to provide substance. In the case studies explored in this presentation, the rural is less a place for retreat than for invasion, but in a more subtle way than the loud proclamations of last century’s avant-gardes. The potential and limitations of the many rural art initiatives from Japan, India, Europe, and America will be presented and discussed.
Drawing on his studies of art, sociology, and agroecology, the practice of Fernando García-Dory (b. 1978 in Madrid) confronts cultural conditions under post-Fordism. Rethinking the role of the artist as the producer of living culture, he addresses human relations with nature within interrelated contexts: landscape, the rural, identity, crisis, and utopia. Often through invitations from art institutions such as the Tensta Konsthall, the Documenta (13), Museo Reina Sofia, Arts Maebashi Japan, the Tate Britain, and Grizedale Arts, his work addresses connections, conflict, and cooperation from microorganisms to social systems, expanded sculpture, collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives.
The MAK NITE Lab with Fernando García-Dory is the second of a three-part series guest-curated by Maria Lind, Director Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, in connection with her upcoming group exhibition for VIENNA BIENNALE 2015. The first evening of the series hosted a talk by Brian Kuan Wood („Is it Love?“, e-flux journal 2009) and a film screening by Marysia Lewandowska (Museum Futures, 2008). On Tuesday, 9 December 2014, the MAK NITE Lab will feature STEALTH.unlimited (Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen) and their take on public housing projects.

Guest curator Maria Lind, VIENNA BIENNALE 2015
Lecture / Film


The First Public Deliberation
iCalTue, 15.04.2014, 7.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

Introduction by Maria Lind
Is it Love? A presentation by Brian Kuan Wood
Museum Futures: Distributed (2008), a project by Marysia Lewandowska and Neil Cummings

Leading up to a group exhibition curated by Maria Lind at the MAK in the early summer of 2015, the MAK NITE Lab will address some of the concerns of the exhibition. The project entails a presentation on “affective commons” by e-flux-journal editor Brian Kuan Wood. He will discuss “empathy as internet” and identification of affective pathways as a new materialism based in language. It also includes a screening of Marysia Lewandowska’s and Neil Cummings’ film Museum Futures: Distributed (2008). This machinima record explores a vision of the future museum, by re-imagining its role as a public, transparent place of art and inspiration of social processes—also a main issue of the MAK in view of its 150th anniversary.

Guest curator Maria Lind
Curator Marlies Wirth

MAK NITE Lab Special

in the occasion of sound:frame 2014 festival "A MATTER OF..."
iCalTue, 25.03.2014, 8.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

Drinks and music mixes by sound:frame artists CURLEY SUE (live DJ) and ANNA LEISER & DERVVAHREHAKOB


Informative Spatial Construction by Jürgen Bauer
iCalTue, 18.03.2014, 7.00 PM–10.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

vulnerable ˈvʌlnərəbəl
1. capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or hurt
2. open to temptation, persuasion, censure, etc.
3. liable or exposed to disease, disaster, etc.
4. (Military) military liable or exposed to attack; unprotected against attack; liable to be hurt or damaged
In the installation VULNERABLE, graphic designer and artist Jürgen Bauer will employ his own typography to literally and figuratively stage the term “vulnerable” within the space.
Flyers in broadsheet format will contain selected texts and writings pertaining to politics, criticism of political systems, control and feedback control systems, ethics and social fiction by authors including J. G. Ballard, Martha Rosler, Paul Virilio, Stéphane Hessel, Giorgio Agamben, Hans-Christian Dany, Tiqqun, and many others; these ponder the fragility of all systems and societies, the assailability of personal, institutional and state integrity, and the vulnerability of the individual, the artist, and even freedom itself.
Visitors will be unable to elude the outsized lettering, which—eventually damaged —will come to embody this typographical experiment’s overall statement.
Hans-Christian Dany: Morgen werde ich Idiot. Kybernetik und Kontrollgesellschaft, 2013
Stéphane Hessel: Empört Euch!, 2011
J. G. Ballard: High Rise, 1975
Pussy Riot: Songtexts and excerpts from the Prison Letters with Slavoj Žižek, 2013
Tiqqun: Grundbausteine einer Theorie des Jungen-Mädchens, (German Edition) 2009
Raoul Vaneigem: Zwischen der Trauer um die Welt und der Lust am Leben. Die Situationisten und die Veränderung der Haltungen, (German Edition) 2011
Paul Virilio: Die Sehmaschine, (German Edition) 1989
Giorgio Agamben: The Coming Community, 1993
Martha Rosler: The Artistic Mode of Revolution: From Gentrification to Occupation, 2012
Edward Bellamy: Looking Backward: 2000–1887, 1888
Soundtrack Jürgen Bauer, Nino Stelzl (live)

Curator Marlies Wirth
Interactive Installation

MAK Sweet Urbanism

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (Madrid, ES)
iCalTue, 17.12.2013, 8.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation explore the potential of post-foundational and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology as a starting point from which to rethink and effect lasting changes to conventional architectural practices. With the slogan ARCHITECTURE IS TECHNOLOGICALLY RENDERED SOCIETY, the office is currently devoted to studying forms of domesticity in connection with politically activated urbanism.

For their presentation at the MAK, the architects are developing a site-specific and interactive multimedia intervention for the MAK Columned Main Hall that will deal with hidden processes of everyday museum operations that otherwise go unnoticed.

Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation are authors for buildings including Casa Sacerdotal Diocesana in Plasencia, Spain (that has been awarded with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize and named finalist of the VIII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo). In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) incorporated IKEA Disobedients by Andrés Jaque Architects into its collection as the first architectural performance acquired by the museum. The work has also been nominated in the Architecture category for the Design of the Year 2013 Awards of the Design Museum, London.

Curator Marlies Wirth


Seth Weiner (Los Angeles/Vienna)
iCalTue, 26.11.2013, 8.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

“Unable to immediately turn in any direction the entrance stretches through the corridor, prolonged by a view of itself from above. Unplugged faces, rehearsing one another’s limits, voices approaching the sensation of stability. Working with whatever together has become, each wall holds its own set of instructions; an almost-object with a minimum of sixty-five pairs of shoes becoming members. The group unravels into its figures, the architectural consequences of all of those bodies pressed together in space.”
– Seth Weiner

For his conceptual project Choir Corridor, the American artist Seth Weiner has developed a score for a site- and space-specific performance in the MAK Columned Main Hall that can thereafter be freely used and adapted to other sites. Working together with a professional choir, he will be examining the interplay between human interaction and space with respect to group dynamics, crowd control mechanisms, protest movements and blockades.

His work on this project also produced the limited-edition artist’s book roaming architectural objects.

Curator Marlies Wirth

In cooperation with the Vienna Chamber Choir and the Choir of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Boku-Chor Wien).
Live Concert / AV Performance

Our Universe Unfolds New Wonders

1982 (Charles Derenne, Paris/F)
iCalTue, 19.11.2013, 9.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

A sonic photosynthesis of ruins

1982 is the current solo musical project of the young French artist Charles Derenne, who became known through activities including the band Melody Syndrome and works on a constant basis with internationally known contemporary fine artists such as Cyprien Gaillard, Jeremy Shaw and Robert Montgomery.
Derenne took inspiration for his new album LUXURIANT NATURE ODYSSEY from the atmosphere of those abandoned sites and ruins that were created by human hands but have by now long since been reclaimed by nature. And a recent trip through Japan has resulted in new videos, which the artist will present publicly for the first time as part of his concert at the MAK.
Charles Derenne will be accompanied by Grégoire Fedorenko on the cello and Stéphanie Grandpierre on the violin.

(held in English)

Curator Marlies Wirth


Architectural Performance

Ecological Ballet

iCalTue, 22.10.2013, 7.00 PM

MAK Columned Main Hall

What would it be like if we did not have to turn on the heat, because the building we live in automatically switches to summer, respectively, winter mode, and always maintains a comfortable temperature for us? If the architecture were able to “breath” and could expand or contract around us, depending on the amount of sunlight? 
Established in early 2013 under the title “Adaptive Strategies,” a new focus of the Energy Design Department at the Vienna University of Applied Arts’ Institute of Architecture has set its sights on developing interactive concepts for sustainable construction. In times of dwindling resources, changing climate conditions, and rapid social developments, new strategies in the architectural field that can immediately react to these transformations have to be found.

Five teams of University of Applied Arts students have taken up the challenge in extraordinary, prototypical projects to design the movement and behavior of buildings interactively and adaptively; they will present their results in the scope of an architectural performance as an “ecological ballet.”

Projects Ceren Yönetim & Marie Lichtenwagner/Floral Skin, Bart Chompff & Christoph Wunderlich/Kaleidoskin, Rhina Portillo & Matthias Urschler/Breath, Klemens Sitzmann & Daniel Prost/Jelly, Xinyu Wan &Philipp Reinsberg/Dancing with the winds

Concept: Bernhard Sommer and Galo Moncayo
DJ: Luis Muñiz

Curator Marlies Wirth






Marlies Wirth, Curator MAK NITE Lab
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.
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176 pages, full colored illustrations
16,5 x 22 cm, paperback
MAK Art Society, Vienna 2004




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176 pages, numerous illustrations
Publication & DVD
16,6 x 22 cm, paperback
MAK Vienna / Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2009



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136 pages, ca. 80 colored illustrations
21 x 26 cm, paperback
MAK Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2008

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