LINZ FMR is a biennial format on art in digital contexts and public spaces. The first edition will take place at the end of March 2019 at the “Donaulände”, a natural area alongside the Danube in Linz.
The heart of the format is an exhibition in public and open space with works by international and local artists who deal with art in digital contexts. A supporting program with walks, lectures, films, concerts and discussions will accompany the exhibition, to reflect on new approaches, working methods and developments related to art in digital contexts.
LINZ FMR 19 is curated and organized by the Linz art and cultural initiatives qujOchÖ and servus.at, the Atelierhaus Salzamt, the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of Art and Design Linz and the STURM UND DRANG GALERIE.
For some time now, we can observe how our familiar physical spaces are increasingly overlapped by finely-meshed, networked, virtual and digital dimensions. At the same moment we experience spatial extensions and limitations that lead to a multitude of shifts and distortions in what we commonly understand as “reality”.
These shifts and distortions can be also found in the artistic practice as a constant object of examination. Currently, these multilayered fields of art are in permanent motion, generating a continuous network of new sub- and micro-genres, and often remain mysterious, alien and ungraspable. Current developments are regularly labeled with new terms such as Post-Internet Art, New Aesthetic or New Digital, whereas the latest developments often remain nameless, at least for the time of their being. A brief characterization, which is sometimes expressed in this context, is: “You know it when you see it.”
qujOchÖ, servus.at, the Atelierhaus Salzamt, the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of Art and Design Linz and the STURM UND DRANG GALERIE will dedicate a new format to these developments in late March 2019. LINZ FMR 19 addresses the topic from an artistic perspective by examining the intertwining of the virtual and physical structures, focusing on its disturbances and presenting current artistic positions. The format, whose title alludes to forms of volatility and fleetingness, stands for artistic works conceived for or in virtual and digital spaces, but shown in the physical one. At the same time, LINZ FMR 19 attempts to subject the concept of sculpture to a contemporary actualization and to reflect on questions of transience, ephemerality, and visual perception.
Based on these conceptual considerations, the five participating organizations will develop and realize an exhibition of selected artistic works in public and open space. The first edition of this show is located at the “Donaulände” in Linz, between the Nibelungen Bridge and the former railway bridge. The park area along the Danube was chosen not only due to its high frequentation and a direct reference to nature, but also for its role in the the history of the city and of art for hosting past formats such as the Forum Design or the Forum Metall.
The majority of the works will only be visible for a short time due to their temporary or ephemeral character. LINZ FMR 19 will be documented via GitHub and GitLab pages, online map services, Gopher Space, file-sharing exchanges, MMO game worlds and similar virtual spaces.
qujOchÖ is an art collective founded in Linz in 2001. It operates at the interfaces of art, society and science; it is diverse, heterogeneous, untaggable and completely undisciplined, it uses everything and nothing, it shows, installs, intervenes, noises, builds, discusses and connects and makes everything out of love and conviction.
servus.at is a net culture initiative in Linz. As an association, it operates an independent cultural data centre and is connected to the worldwide network via the ACOnet. Its members include artists and cultural practitioners, alternative educational institutions, free radios, university institutions and NGOs. servus.at promotes the use of free open source software, researches phenomena of digital culture, illuminates socio-political implications in dealing with technology and deals with the central themes of the information society.
The Atelierhaus Salzamt is a cultural institution of the city of Linz in a central location on the Danube. It offers living and working studios for international and regional artists, an exhibition and event hall with ongoing exhibitions, international artistic exchange and art mediation through artist talks and studio visits.
The activities of the Department of Cultural Studies ot the University of the Arts and Design Linz focus on what Antonio Gramsci called an “inventory reservation”: the study and critical examination of the traces that historical processes have left behind in current self-relations. This includes getting to know spatially or temporally distant cultural formations, questioning everyday culture and artistic production, and investigating media and cultural techniques. The focus is on cultural-historically informed contemporary research that addresses current problems.
The STURM UND DRANG GALERIE is a contemporary gallery founded in 2014 and located in the heart of the Old Town of Linz. Within a short time it established itself as a meeting place for the young art scene of the city. The STURM UND DRANG GALERIE creates space for informal exchange with the public interested in art, is dedicated to the promotion of selected emerging artists and accompanies them throughout their careers. In addition to exhibitions, the gallery space is also used for performances, readings, media art, installations and concerts.