Ana Dokić and Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited, Rotterdam/Belgrade) and Stefan Gruber (STUDIOGRUBER, Vienna) in collaboration
with Paul Currion (Belgrade/London)
Tue, 15.09.2015, 8.00 pm–10.00 pm
For the 2049 Vienna Biennale the artist Ergün Demir is commissioned to investigate the history of the Smart City. Struggling
to find material for his work, Ergün uses illicit technology to reconstruct the badly damaged City Archives. What he finds
will challenge many of his assumptions about why Vienna is different...
What I am trying to say is: looking back from 2049, it is easy to imagine that this city we now live in was a natural
evolution but what if we are overlooking the hard work of Viennese citizens and social movements throughout history,
before the Smart City was even conceived? What if I am in fact re-writing Viennas history to remove the difficult people,
the difficult questions?
The Report is a work of artistic research and speculative fiction that will be released as limited printed edition in English on September
15. Inspired by many past and present Viennese citizens initiatives and social movements, the MAK Nite Lab marks not
only the public presentation of The Report, but aims at bringing together persons involved in shaping Vienna from the bottom-up and providing a forum for discussion
on another possible future. The authors invite visitors to meet and discuss over a drink. ______________ This MAK NITE Lab is the fifth event in a series that is guest-curated by Maria Lind, director of Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm,
in connection with her group exhibition Future Light for the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015.
This is the closing event of the commission that started with a talk by Brian Kuan Wood (Is it Love?, e-flux journal, 2009) and a film screening by Marysia Lewandowska (Museum Futures, 2008) in April 2014. The second MAK NITE Lab in this series in November 2014 featured a talk by Fernando García-Dory entitled
On Art, Agriculture, and the Countryside: Possible Futures of Existing Initiatives in the Fields. In December 2014, STEALTH.unlimited and Stefan Gruber organized a MAK NITE Lab discussing possible effects of the crisis
of the welfare state on the future of Vienna. This was followed by a public conversation with p.m., author of bolobolo, in March 2015.
VIENNA BIENNALE Pass
184.108.40.206.2015 MAK, Kunsthalle Wien, Az W 22 / 16,50 reduced (for students under 27)
220.127.116.11.2015 MAK, Kunsthalle Wien 16 / 12 reduced (for students under 27)
For all T-Mobile customers: Discounted VIENNA BIENNALE Pass ( 12) From 14 Sep: Discounted admission to the MAK ( 7.50) Ideas for Change app: 2 VIENNA BIENNALE tickets for the price of 1 ( 16) From 14 Sep: 2 MAK tickets for the price of 1 ( 9.90)