16 - 25 Oct 2008
Engagement: Richtungen einer intentionalen Kunstpraxis
Exhibition: October 16 – October 25, 2008
Opening with lecture: October 15, 2008
Lecture by Gabriele Jutz “scratched” followed by a catalogue presentation by Józef Robakowski, „Energetic Images“, WRO ART Center, 2007
Artists: Frédérique Devaux (F), Johanna Kandl (A), Helmut Kandl (A), Josh Müller (Ger/A), Adrian Paci (AL/I), Lisl Ponger (A), Józef Robakowski (PL), Stefanie Seibold (Ger/A), Tim Sharp (GB/A), Gabriele Sturm (A), Andrew Vachss (US), David Wojnarowicz (US) in collaboration with Ben Neill (US) + grüner Tisch Im Raum [Kunsthalle Exnergasse] (A)
Organisation/Concept: Patricia Grzonka, Gabriele Sturm
Departing from the assumption of a contemporary form of engagement in the visual arts, the project “I will” brings together exemplary works where the personal involvement of the artist plays a significant role. Despite the dominance of a post-ideological market conformity, art always is a high-risk game demanding a considerable individual commitment. Therefore, the questions of motivation in artistic production and the necessity to justify it in the contemporary art world are central in this open discourse. How would engagement in art be defined today? What does the personal commitment relate to the end result? Can certain concerns even be implemented and communicated through an artistic process?