"Let’s hope that the Post Corona World will be physical, social and exuberant with touching artistic expressions."
ARTISTS EVOKE A WORLD AFTER CORONA
Art excels in times of crisis. Deep societal changes propel the greatest generational minds to envision a utopia, a ‘no-place’ beyond the realities they are facing.
The Coronavirus pandemic has not only caused wide-spread suffering on an unprecedented scale, put millions of our jobs at risk, and disrupted – among many other things – our global travel and trade patterns. It has put our entire way of life into question. Even though we hope to eventually overcome the disease itself, we all feel that the world after Corona might never be the same. But the future doesn’t just happen - we create it. Artists in their capacity as futurists are now needed more than ever. But they need us too. With no perspectives to show their art and engage with their audiences, artists are existentially threatened. They need to be connected to other human beings, to their fellow artists, and to the world as a whole in order to be themselves.
Thus the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington DC, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles and Open Austria, Austria’s innovation office in Silicon Valley, have created this project “No-Place Like the Future” with the aim to bring Austrian and American artists (back) together, invite them to jointly work on a new piece of art – and thereby create a brighter future for all of us.
"No matter how scared and concerned we are, we must not forget about our neighbours, next door and across all boarders..."
"I believe that when we come out the other side of this crisis, we will have learned who in our lives are the selfish and who are the selfless."
"NO-PLACE LIKE THE FUTURE is a particularly relevant project at this time as I want to focus on local collaborations and local production."
"NO-PLACE LIKE THE FUTURE speaks directly to the unique circumstances and challenges we are currently facing as artists in quarantine."
"I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to bring artists from around the world into a dialog about the future. As a multi-media artist, I look forward to using all the technological tools now available as well as traditionally made art images. Our concept is to create a video featuring our trans-national visual art, with additional animation, clips, and a finale utilizing suggestions from children from both our countries as to what their future should look like."
"This project is a special experience in special times and I am looking forward to what we will be able to present in a month."
"The history of pictures is an artificial intelligence that we have been building for centuries. By learning how (we as) machines look at pictures we might be able to tune into our collective production to ensure that it serves ethically and protects the health of our only home and includes our weakest neighbors."
"In times of isolation, artists are forced to replace the thing itself (reality) with the idea of the thing (art)."
"Like everyone else, I have no idea what is coming, and the current situation can be very frightening. But I do know that now is the right time to rethink dysfunctional structures and to speculate about a new future."
"It is up to us, artists, to take this pandemic as an opportunity to speculate about a systemic change that can bring about new ideas, and new networks. Collaboration and co-creation are key to re-imagining the world."
GREEK / AMERICAN
Hubert von Goisern
Enrique C. Martinez
"At this time of global crisis, our lives and future have been put into question. But there is always hope and we must all come together to pray for each other and all of mankind."
"Music is universal and crosses all borders – we may be far away in terms of distance but during this difficult time, music still has the ability to bring us closer together."
AMERICAN / MEXICAN
"We place hope in the future and it’s possibilities even though it is unknown and out of our control. Fortunately what we can control is how we move forward with greater empathy."
"Fear is part of art. Despite fear of failure, artists always dare to try again. Success is not the driving force, rather, it is the doing itself that overcomes this fear."
Song by Hubert von Goisern