MAK NITE Lab
"Do You Hear Me When You Sleep?"
MAK NITE Lab
A roundtable discussion organized by Ana Dokić, Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited, Rotterdam/Belgrade) and Stefan Gruber (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
Viennas recent wave of urbanization, euphorically referred to as the second Gründerzeit, is embedded in a discourse that aims at positioning Vienna as a global player in a European competition of cities. Indeed Vienna is growing and is to reach the magic number of 2 Million inhabitants by 2030.
At the same time, the city also continues to affirm its Red Vienna legacy and its commitment to welfare policies. But with the century-mark of what can be seen as the emergence of Viennas public welfare program getting into sight, signs are out that change is immanent. An accumulation of triggers is step-by-step embracing the city: the on-going financialization of urban centers around the world, the tightening of EU regulatory frameworks on Viennas public policies, the electoral shift that is affecting the political balance in the city, demographic changes that gradually erode its welfare systemto name just a few.
That it could profoundly affect the city is clear. Just what type of change it triggers, and how deep it will carve its traces into the urban life of its citizens, is still up for debate. Not much of what seems to be heading to Vienna is however being brought up to public discussion. Nevertheless, what could possibly make Vienna immune to the disruptions ravaging many of its European neighbors?
The MAK NITE Lab is an exercise in accessing the likelihood of an upcoming Viennese crisis, in order to start thinking of possible alternate futures.
It is a roundtable discussion, or speculation rather, organized by Ana Dokic, Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited, Rotterdam/Belgrade) and Stefan Gruber (STUDIOGRUBER, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) with guests Andreas Exner (ecologist, researchers and publicist on alternatives to the system of growth), Andreas Rumpfhuber (architect, founder of Expanded Design, focuses on the intersection of architecture and economics) and Willi Hejda (member of the board IG Kultur Wien, active in establishing art, culture and media alternatives and their policies).
The MAK NITE Lab with STEALTH.unlimited is the last of a three-part series in 2014, 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 this series in April hosted a talk by Brian Kuan Wood (Is it Love?, e-flux journal 2014) and a film screening by Marysia Lewandowska (Museum Futures, 2008). The second MAK NITE Lab in November featured a talk by Fernando García-Dory On art, agriculture, and the countryside: possible futures of existing initiatives in the fields.
Guest curator Maria Lind, VIENNA BIENNALE 2015
MAK NITE Labroundtable discussion
(held in English)
MAK Chimney Room