Transcultural Emancipation

In der Kubatur des Kabinetts und Transcultural Emancipation
19 August - 17 November 2015
Opening on Wednesday, 19 August at 9:00 p.m.
Vienna, Austria

Artists: Abdulrab Habibyar, Lana Čmajčanin and Vanessa Fernandez Guasch

Curated by Ursula Maria Probst and Martin Wagner

The series “In der Kubatur des Kabinetts” (In the Cubature of the Cabinet) was initiated in 2008 and over the past six years has presented international artists, collectives, and cooperation projects with art universities and guest curators in approximately 70 events at Fluc in Vienna. Since 2002, Fluc has realised a total of some 110 arts projects, including innumerable projects in the public space and poster campaigns, with artists such as Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Johanna & Helmut Kandl, Florian Schmeiser, Monica Bonvicini, Sanja Iveković, VALIE EXPORT, Andrea Ressi, Katrin Plavcak & Johanna Kirsch, Marita Fraser & Alexander Lawler, Elvedin Klačar, Kay Walkowiak, Esther Stocker, Marlene Hausegger, Hannes Zebedin, Francis Alÿs and Kamen Stoyanov.

In 2014, this “Wednesday art salon” at Fluc is being continued in an expanded form, with interior and exterior spatial installations as well as displays on the outer facade of Fluc involving posters, tarps and transparencies. The concept of the series “In der Kubatur des Kabinetts” in 2014 places a more intensive focus on questions related to urban and performative spaces and the role of art in these contexts. Moreover, it explores the topos of vitality, also in relation to “augmented” realities and the consequences of economic globalisation processes for artistic production and how these lead to a new and different way of utilising media-related and politics-related art terms. It also poses the question of how to approach the relation between art and value and how this issue reflects back on art production. 

The spatial concept and the incorporation of the external facade into this year’s project series differs from the usual in situ situations: By placing installations produced in various media in relation to the on-site processes at Vienna’s Praterstern, the series explores the question of how the perception and the reception of art affects the critical potential of art production today. The spatial situation and social dynamics on site become an integral part of the conceptualisation and presentation. The concept includes installations, spatial sculptures, video sculptures, video and film montages, and transdisciplinary methods and performative works. The exhibition project “Die Kubatur des Kabinetts” functions as a spatial display that activates performative processes of change and scopes of action. 

The series is being curated, organised and supervised by Ursula Maria Probst and Martin Wagner.