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Exhibitions and presentations

A green figure with red fire rays on its head and black boots on its feet hangs tied to ropes upside down in a spiral construction. Several ants and a snake can be seen on the construction.

“Can anybody hear me?”

Group Show in the ip. forum

U4 Cen­ter, Stiege B, 2. Upper floor
Schön­brun­ner Straße 218–220
1120 Wien

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.


Colorized MRI image of a brain.


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
Dok­tor-Ernst-Koref-Prom­e­nade 1
4020 Linz

„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.