Laura Wiesböck © Foto Karin Wasner

Conversation Piece: Enormous transformations

with the sociologist and author Dr. Laura Wiesböck
Tue, 4.10.2022 7 pm8 pm

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

Conversation Piece: Enormous transformations
Enormous transformations: on male structural violence against women as part of the Western narrative
 
Object: Maiolica bowl Apollo and Daphne by Ippolito Rombaldoni (1650–1679)
 
The start of the format series is provided by an actual conversation piece – a maiolica bowl from the Italian Renaissance. These ceramic objects were mainly designed to provide topics for and stimulate conversation, a real Conversation Piece. The selected bowl shows mythological scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. All scenes are linked by the metamorphosis of women fleeing from male sexual violence. 
 
The sociologist and author Dr. Laura Wiesböck talks with us about what everyday metamorphosis rituals women still apply today to protect themselves from sexual assaults. We also ask about the societal significance still ascribed to the preservation of the “purity” of the female body. How do modern male perpetrators still successfully create “safe spaces” in which they can exercise violence against women – whether in sports, art and culture or in the media industry?
 
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New event series
Conversation Pieces
We need to talk! The MAK is starting the new art education format Conversation Pieces on 4 October 2022. We will speak with artists, activists, scientists, and personalities from various communities about select objects from the MAK Collection. Conversation Pieces is dedicated to themes like diversity, feminism, participation or loneliness, symbiotic bodies, racism in collections, planet care, and much more. We use the MAK as a polyphonic place for the exchange of ideas and to engage in various sociopolitical discourses and problems that enable new perspectives on an extraordinary collection.
 
Conversation Pieces can be understood as an impetus to make widespread pictorial worlds and narratives visible and to critically question them by talking about them together.
 
 
Further dates
 
Tue, 1.11.2022, 7 pm
(All Hallows) 
On death and its place in our life
With the intensive care physician Dr. Gunnar Gamper
 
Sun, 13.11.2022, 4.30 pm
Following new patterns 
For the Weekend of Graphic Arts 
With the graphic designer Enrico Bravi
 
Tue, 20.12.2022, 7 pm
Dinner for One 
On Christmas as the celebration of loneliness and on spaces for being together
With the psychiatrist and initiator of the platform against loneliness Dr. Karin Gutiérrez Lobos
 
Tue, 10.1.2023, 7 pm
On the fest 
With the DJ, music producer, and networker Electric Indigo
 
Tue, 24.1.2023, 7 pm
On the exhibition FOLDS
With the artist and photographer Elfie Semotan
 

Enormous transformations: on male structural violence against women as part of the Western narrative
 
Object: Maiolica bowl Apollo and Daphne by Ippolito Rombaldoni (1650–1679)
 
The start of the format series is provided by an actual conversation piece – a maiolica bowl from the Italian Renaissance. These ceramic objects were mainly designed to provide topics for and stimulate conversation, a real Conversation Piece. The selected bowl shows mythological scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. All scenes are linked by the metamorphosis of women fleeing from male sexual violence. 
 
The sociologist and author Dr. Laura Wiesböck talks with us about what everyday metamorphosis rituals women still apply today to protect themselves from sexual assaults. We also ask about the societal significance still ascribed to the preservation of the “purity” of the female body. How do modern male perpetrators still successfully create “safe spaces” in which they can exercise violence against women – whether in sports, art and culture or in the media industry?
 
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New event series
Conversation Pieces
We need to talk! The MAK is starting the new art education format Conversation Pieces on 4 October 2022. We will speak with artists, activists, scientists, and personalities from various communities about select objects from the MAK Collection. Conversation Pieces is dedicated to themes like diversity, feminism, participation or loneliness, symbiotic bodies, racism in collections, planet care, and much more. We use the MAK as a polyphonic place for the exchange of ideas and to engage in various sociopolitical discourses and problems that enable new perspectives on an extraordinary collection.
 
Conversation Pieces can be understood as an impetus to make widespread pictorial worlds and narratives visible and to critically question them by talking about them together.
 
 
Further dates
 
Tue, 1.11.2022, 7 pm
(All Hallows) 
On death and its place in our life
With the intensive care physician Dr. Gunnar Gamper
 
Sun, 13.11.2022, 4.30 pm
Following new patterns 
For the Weekend of Graphic Arts 
With the graphic designer Enrico Bravi
 
Tue, 20.12.2022, 7 pm
Dinner for One 
On Christmas as the celebration of loneliness and on spaces for being together
With the psychiatrist and initiator of the platform against loneliness Dr. Karin Gutiérrez Lobos
 
Tue, 10.1.2023, 7 pm
On the fest 
With the DJ, music producer, and networker Electric Indigo
 
Tue, 24.1.2023, 7 pm
On the exhibition FOLDS
With the artist and photographer Elfie Semotan
 

MAK FORUM 

Tickets: € 10 
Plus admission to the museum
Tuesday 6-9 pm € 7
Other days € 15 / € 12 reduced