the question is: who cares?

site-specific text-space-intervention 2017, wooden lettering, 12x9m

 

Reichenfeld Areal, Feldkirch



The formerly "unthinkable" has become reality. Through a flood of pictures and 140 character long "tweets", all of us – and young people in particular – get to know a present that experiences terror as a connective element between cosmopolitan cities, accepts ignorance in the highest political offices as a popular strategy, or observes a European bazaar around migrant and refugee movements. In this new reality, public space has degenerated into one narrative space among many (far more effective) others, and has largely lost its importance as a necessary societal medium of communication and information. The absolute loss of narrative exclusivity for public space raises the question of what aspirations we should aim at in a phletora of illustrated information.

 

How can art in public space not only create places of lingering in the wake of rapid societal development, but also places of sensory perception and discourse? How can it be more than modern street furniture and deliver, to the involuntary view of the audience, events that stimulate perception and greater reflection? Does John Cage's just denial of "I Have Nothing To Say And I Am Saying It ..." suffice? Or do we in today's media age have to rethink the role of autonomy and self-determination, not as subject-centered ends, but as a basis for more intense participation?