Kunstraum Lakeside invites artists and cultural practitioners to participate in the 2019 program by submitting their own “Statement.” We are looking for performative pieces that relate to the annual topic while experimenting with modes of representation in the visual arts in the context of an institution at the interface between art, science, and technology.
Kunstraum Lakeside devotes itself each year to a specific theme derived from its special standing as an institution for exhibition, performance, and discourse. The Kunstraum’s integration into a Science and Technology Park, and the linking of its events to the semester program at the University of Klagenfurt, raise questions about how artists today interact with the fundamentals, possibilities, and limits of current knowledge production. Under the curatorial guidance of Franz Thalmair, the planned three-year program will focus on areas of endeavor that can be subsumed under the term “artistic research.” Artistic research, like art in general, allows us to gain aesthetic experience. In addition, however, it also offers artists an opportunity within their respective art practice—i.e., using their own media, formats, and modes of representation—to contemplate the framework conditions that govern their activities. Embedded in social, historical, and cultural interpretation contexts, artistic research therefore enables us to respond to the constantly changing realities of our society.
The second program year at Kunstraum Lakeside will be devoted to the concept of “process.” Just as research, while fundamental to an investigative practice for generating knowledge and insights within an artistic context, can also become the actual subject of representation, the process also has the potential to emancipate itself from the work of art and become an experiment in its own right. To what extent these forms of exploratory experimentation are inherent to every artistic practice, and how artistic research must go beyond this in order not to be arbitrary, will be demonstrated through a dual reflection on the medium of expression and the object of expression: “Some believe that the visual arts are constantly experimenting as they seek the right form for their objects, reflecting on and revising their materials and media for this purpose. This very general and therefore not very productive perspective can be narrowed down further by focusing on practices that address experimentation itself as a process.”* The program therefore sets out to examine developmental processes in artistic creation: phases, evolutions and progressions, courses of events, unfoldings and procedures.
*Rickli, Hannes: “Experimentieren,” in: Badura, Jens et al. (eds.): Künstlerische Forschung.
Ein Handbuch, Zurich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2015, 135–138, here: 136.
Three production days are available for the realization of each “Statement.” These three days include both setup and breakdown at Kunstraum Lakeside. The Kunstraum will be open to the public on one of the three days. Please choose the best two dates for you from those available as shown below.
– Statement #05: June 27, 2019 (production dates, June 26–28, 2019)
– Statement #06: July 4, 2019 (production dates, July 3–5, 2019)
– Statement #07: January 16, 2020 (production dates, January 15–17, 2020)
– Statement #08: January 23, 2020 (production dates, January 22–24, 2020)
Applications must be sent by email by midnight on March 31, 2019 to office(at)lakeside-kunstraum(dot)at, to the attention of Nora Leitgeb. The documents should be submitted as a single PDF file with a maximum file size of 10 MB. The entry must be written in either German or English. Only complete entries will be accepted.
– Description of the content of the planned project, maximum two A4 pages;
– Visualization and description of the technical equipment;
– Budget (per “Statement” Kunstraum Lakeside provides 1000 euros of production funding including fees, travel and accommodation expenses.);
– Summary of the candidates career thus far (artistic or otherwise);
– Floor plans, photos, a list of technical equipment of Kunstraum Lakeside can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k50bepesx7bbpek/AAChQ5qhWzzdOLtKwPdxoTMoa?dl=0
Jury and decision
The jury consists of Inge Vavra (artist, Klagenfurt), Markus Waitschacher (curator and art mediator, Klagenfurt and graz), Franz Thalmair (curator, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt), and Nora Leitgeb (curatorial assistant, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt). Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision in writing by the end of April 2019.
With the submission of a “Statement,” the applicant tacitly acknowledges the competition conditions. The jury bears sole responsibility for selecting the artists participating in the 2019 program at Kunstraum Lakeside. The jury’s decision is final.
Mag. Nora Leitgeb | Curatorial assistant
Phone, +43 664 83 99 305