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.