WWTBD - What Would Thomas Bernhard Do
17 - 26 May 2013
17 - 26 May 2013
As a prelude to its repositioning, the Kunsthalle Wien organizes a ten-day festival dedicated to key issues of today’s society. WWTBD – What Would Thomas Bernhard Do takes up the tradition of Thomas Bernhard’s critical and recalcitrant thinking, transfers it into the present, and breaks it down into various disciplines in the sense of a concise analysis of the present.
About one hundred protagonists from the fields of fine art, music, literature, art theory, sociology, philosophy, and economics will participate in the performance of a spectacular and innovative play. Six to twelve acts a day will be modulated in different tempi and tonalities so that they work as singular elements, but also become part of the overall tableau developed by WWTBD in the course of its ten-day duration. The invited protagonists being confronted with each other in the choreographed sequence and in different formats and the visitors are productively involved in what happens, offering leeway for interpretation along the fault lines of society. Lectures will be followed by performances, discussion rounds by readings, vocal numbers, or musical performances, conversations, and DJ and party events. The stage set by the US artist Barbara Kruger and an intervention by the Austrian artist Heinrich Dunst provide the two constant factors for WWTBD.
Saâdane Afif, Artist (Berlin); Joonas Ahonen, Pianist (Vienna); Danai Anesiadou, Artist (Brussels); Barnabás Bencsik, Curator (Budapest); Clemens Berger, Writer (Vienna); Roger Bundschuh, Architect (Berlin); Stefanie Carp, Dramaturge Wiener Festwochen (Vienna); Alessio delli Castelli, Artist (Berlin); Zita Cobb, Shorefast Foundation (Ottawa); Beatriz Colomina, Architecture historian (Princeton); Curt Cuisine, Music critic (Vienna); Michael Dallinger, Cellist (Vienna);George van Dam, Composer and Musician (Brussels); Clémentine Deliss, Director Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt a. M.); Ann Demeester, Director De Appel (Amsterdam); Julius Deutschbauer, Artist (Vienna); Sepp Dreissinger, Photographer (Vienna); Heinrich Dunst, Artist (Vienna); Yilmaz Dziewior, Director Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz); Harun Farocki, Filmmaker (Berlin); Thomas Feuerstein, Artist (Vienna); Bernhard Fetz, Director Literary Archives of the National Library (Vienna); Krista Fleischmann, Journalist (Straß); Maria Fusco, Artist (London); Isa Genzken, Artist (Berlin); Liam Gillick, Artist (New York); Piero Golia, Artist (Los Angeles); David Gross, Composer (New York); Krist Gruijthuijsen, Director Grazer Kunstverein (Graz); Byung-Chul Han, Philosopher (Berlin); Gert Hecher, Pianist (Vienna); Helene Hegemann, Writer (Berlin); Jan Hoet, Curator (Ghent); Lisa Hofer, Actress (Vienna); Karl Holmqvist, Artist (Berlin); Carsten Höller, Artist (Stockholm); Katja Huber, Journalist (Munich); Martin Huber, Archive of Thomas Bernhard (Gmunden); Tim Jackson, Economist (Surrey); Marien Jongewaard, Actor (Amsterdam); Schorsch Kamerun, Singer (Hamburg); Dorottya Karsay, Activist (Budapest); Sung Hwan Kim, Artist (New York); Alexander Kluge, Filmmaker (Munich); Kasper König, Curator (Cologne); Martin Kratochwil, Musician (Vienna); Barbara Kruger, Artist (Los Angeles); Herbert Lachmayer, Philosopher (Vienna); Erik Leidal, Singer (Vienna); Erik van Lieshout, Artist (Rotterdam); Geert Lovink, Media theorist (Amsterdam); Marko Lulic, Artist (Vienna); Martin Markeli, Artist (Vienna); Barbara Marković, Writer (Vienna); Tom McCarthy, Writer (London); Thomas Meinecke, Writer (Munich); Robert Menasse, Writer (Vienna); Michele di Menna, Artist (Berlin); Mián Mián, Writer (Shanghai); Thomas Mießgang, Journalist (Vienna); Manfred Mittermayer, Literary scientist (Salzburg); Matthias Mühling, Curator Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munch); Rainer Münz, Erste Group (Vienna); Didi Neidhart, Music critic (Vienna); Gerald Nestler, Artist (Vienna); Merab Ninidze, Actor (Berlin/Vienna); Markus Oberndorfer, Artist (Vienna); Marcel Odenbach, Artist (Cologne); Boris Ondreička, Artist and Curator (Bratislava); Robert Pfaller, Philosopher (Vienna); Patrick Pulsinger, Producer and DJ (Vienna); Doron Rabinovici, Artist (Vienna); Juliane Rebentisch, Philosopher (Offenbach a. M.); Simon Rees, Curator (Vienna); Gerwald Rockenschaub, Artist (Berlin/Vienna); Willem de Rooij, Artist (Berlin); Station Rose, Artist (Vienna); Elisabeth von Samsonow, Philosopher and Artist (Vienna); Sepp Schellhorn, Gourmet Chef (Goldegg); Markus Schinwald, Artist (Vienna); Urs Schnell, Filmmaker (Bern); Yohanna Schwertfeger, Actress Burgtheater (Vienna); Tomáš Sedláček, Economist (Prague); Ulrich Seidl, Filmmaker (Vienna); Peter Sloterdijk, Philosopher (Karlsruhe); Biljana Srbljanović, Writer (Paris); Gerald Straub, Artist and Curator (Vienna); Thomas Trenkler, Journalist (Vienna); Thomas D. Trummer, Director Kunsthalle Mainz (Mainz); Vitus Weh, quartier21 (Vienna); Peter Weibel, Artist, curator and director of ZKM (Karlsruhe); Frederick Wiseman, Filmmaker (New York); Erwin Wurm, Artist (Vienna), Jean Philipp Oliver Viol, Composer (Vienna); Erich Zawinul, Producer (Vienna) and many more.
Concept: Nicolaus Schafhausen
Dramaturgy: Vanessa Joan Müller
Curators: Cathérine Hug, Lucas Gehrmann and Nicolaus Schafhausen
Curatorial Assistents: Andrea Hubin and Vivien Trommer
External Partners: Wiener Festwochen, Thomas Bernhard Archive (Gmunden) and Private Foundation (Vienna), British Council Austria (Vienna), Embassy of the United States of America (Vienna), Czech Centrum (Vienna), Ministry of Life (Vienna), Polish Cultural Institute (Vienna).