“Can anybody hear me?”
Group Show in the ip. forum
U4 Center, Stiege B, 2. Upper floor
Schönbrunner Straße 218–220
Opening: Thursday, Oktober 13th, 2022
Exhibition duration: Until mid-December 2022
Curators: PJ Maguire und Gabriele Baumgartner
In recent years, we’ve all had to abandon or adapt our social habits and interactions, creating a domino effect in our present and future interaction habits.
Artists have also had to adapt in order to be heard or seen and to be able to communicate to the viewers. Art is usually a mouthpiece to communicate issues that move a person in some way. In this exhibition, we ask about the ways artists have created to be „heard“ and how others have taken the path of communication in their artistic work to date.
“EVEN ATTEMPTING THIS EXHIBITION IN THIS LEVEL OF TERROR IS COMPLETELY INSANE”
Exhibition project 2023 in Wien and Linz, Austria
The exhibition project devised by Matthias Mollner and Judith Schossböck focuses on one of the severest, least visible, and most underestimated illnesses, which affects 25,000 people in Austria alone, and at least 17 to 20 million people globally: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, abbreviated as ME/CFS.
The project examines the societal relevance of the illness from artistic and scientific perspectives, existential dimensions, and the conditions of producing art for those affected and their relatives. The exhibition tells the stories of people who disappear from life from one day after the other because they are no longer able to work, meet up with friends, see a doctor or go to hospital, or participate in social life in any capacity. It looks at a reality that is often ignored or remains unseen, but can truly affect anyone.
ME/CFS has been known and written about for more than 50 years now, is a reflection of the major failures in research, medicine, politics and, — in particular — society. It could be described as an unnoticed humanitarian catastrophe on our own doorstep. ME/CFS is a radical condition that permanently changes the lives of those affected and their immediate environment, reducing any thoughts of performing to absurdity.
Visual artist Matthias Mollner and scientist and neo-artist Judith Schossböck have used their personal life experiences — Schoßböck fell ill with ME/CFS in 2020, and has experienced a very severe form of it since 2021 — to make the maddening reality of this extremely challenging disease visible, as it is so often difficult for outsiders to understand. The exhibition highlights the way people deal with an inhuman life situation and uses art to reflect the existential dimension that accompanies this serious chronic illness.
“Congress of the Knowing”
September 9th and 10th, 2022
Public space under the Lentos Art Museum
„A burning stone. Why you need to know about ME/CFS“
The Black Ferk Studio is pleased to be present with two installations and a lecture performance at the “Congress of the Knowing” in Linz. All interested people can take part in the congress. Admission is free, registration is requested: https://kdw.institute
On September 9th and 10th, the “Congress of the Knowing” will take place in Linz under the Lentos Art Museum. Knowledgeable people from all over Europe will come together at this magical place to exchange and share secret, special and unique knowledge. Events, debates and performances are open to the public and will take place on both days. The open space under the Lentos hence becomes a form of “democratic knowledge zone” in a public space. People will meet there to exchange knowledge with expertise and experience valuable to others: scientists, artists, performers, researchers and experts in other, special areas: such as people affected by poverty, people with experience of discrimination, socially disadvantaged people, or people whose special knowledge has little public reach. The lectures and audience discussions address current discourses. There is also the opportunity to gain access to complex content in a playful way through workshops and interactive formats.