And this, finally, indicates a certain therapeutic dimension in Dabernigs work, an attempt to work through
modernity, to disclose its contradictions and face them in the (probably endless) effort of trying to resolve their traumatic
effects. Igor Zabel, Dabernigs Buildings
In a cross-genre setting of film and performance, Austrian artist Josef Dabernig puts architecture in unusual perspectives
in the MAK NITE Lab event Il territorio dellarchitettura. In the context of the eponymous publication by Italian architect
and urbanist Vittorio Gregotti, Dabernig presents his experimental films Rosa coeli (2003) and Hotel Roccalba (2008) as an
overture to one of his rare public performances.
Although performance is not normally associated with his work, the performative act as such is almost paradigmatic of the
self-referential loops, in which the artist makes himself a medium and actor, as in the meticulous copying of
texts, which Dabernig has made part of his art work since 1977. Thus he copied all 176 pages of a diet book entitled Beauty
and Digestion, published in 1920 by F. X. Mayr, in a therapeutic reversal process of abreaction after his years
in boarding school. Vittorio Gregottis architectural manifesto Il territorio dellarchitettura is also available
as a hand-written transcription (and re-edited book*) and provides the starting point of this MAK NITE performance.
Rosa coeli 2003, 35mm DVD, b/w, 24 min Hotel Roccalba 2008, 35mm DVD, b/w, 10 min