Martin Haselböck

"Let’s hope that the Post Corona World will be physical, social and exuberant with touching artistic expressions."

ARTISTS EVOKE A WORLD AFTER CORONA

Thursday, June 18, 2020

10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET / 19:00 CEST

Virtual Vernissage.

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.

 

The Austrian/American artist pairs (see below) engage first in a virtual conversation about their current world and the world #aftercorona. Based on this initial dialogue the matched artists embark on a month-long artistic journey to create a joint artwork. These initial dialogues – which will be accessible online on this website – will provide the audience also with a truly rare opportunity: to observe how the artists approach their work and how they begin their journey to create new art together.

 

At the end, all art pieces will be celebrated in a virtual vernissage, taking place online at the gallery of the website.

 

ARTISTS

Michael Sturminger

John 

Malkovich

Martin

Haselböck

"Let’s hope that the Post Corona World will be physical, social and exuberant with touching artistic expressions."

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

Bryan

Benner

"As musicians, and especially folk musicians, it will be our focus to help integrate positive new visions of the future into our collective narrative of a post-Covid-19 world." 

Hazen Metro

AUSTRIAN / AMERICAN

AMERICAN

Anna

Sophie

Berger

Dena

Yago

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

"All paths are loops now

Every path is a circle,

Starting at home and leading back home"

Nikolaus

Habjan

"No matter how scared and concerned we are, we must not forget about our neighbours, next door and across all boarders..."

Bill Barretta

"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."

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

Julia

Körner

"NO-PLACE LIKE THE FUTURE is a particularly relevant project at this time as I want to focus on local collaborations and local production."

Austin Fields

"NO-PLACE LIKE THE FUTURE speaks directly to the unique circumstances and challenges we are currently facing as artists in quarantine."

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

Petra

Korner

"Devising a visual language for the countless new stories that are waiting to be told."

Vero Bollow

"Onwards, for a world of collective imaginings..."

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

AUSTRIAN

Manu

Luksch

"Translating Distance"

Scott Kildall

"Alone"                              

AMERICAN

"Look don’t Touch"

"Alone"                             

Ulrike

Müller

Rochelle Feinstein

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

"Rainbows are aspirational surrogates, they function for many groups and actions, in many cultures with different meanings."

"Control is fragile, there’s an expectation that it will break, an anticipation that it has to break."

Adele

Razkövi

"Animating time?"

Vikram Chandra

"Future stories, storied futures.”

AUSTRIAN

INDIAN / AMERICAN

Doris

Schamp

Phil Savenick

"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."

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

"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."

Walter

Seidl

Francis Ruyter

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

"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)."

Stefan Tiefengraber

"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."

Afroditi Psarra

"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."

AUSTRIAN

GREEK / AMERICAN

Jens

Vetter

„Challenge accepted!"

Aza

Raskin

AUSTRIAN / GERMAN

AMERICAN

"Humane means being as sophisticated about human nature as we are about technology."

Hubert von Goisern

Enrique C. Martinez

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

Bob Bernstein

"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

Greg

Usek

Michelle Wolf

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

"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."

Erwin Wagenhofer

„Am Virus Gesunden ist das Gebot der Stunde.“

Kenny Werner

"Covid 19 is about quarantine, about sensory deprivation, about borders. As such it is the best opportunity for humans to expand their inner borders. It's time to look for blessings. It's a golden opportunity."

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

Wiener

Akademie

Musica

Angelica

AUSTRIAN

AMERICAN

Song by Hubert von Goisern

Song by Hubert von Goisern

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