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“The School of Kyiv”– Department Vienna

A Department of “The School of Kyiv” - Kyiv Biennial 2015

“The School of Kyiv” is a project in co-operation with the Kyiv Biennial 2015 (www.theschoolofkyiv.org), which aims to destabilise the mutual projections (those of Kyiv onto Europe and Vienna onto the Ukraine) and instead indicate translocal conditions and constellations, shared by the two cities. At this stage there are four “Schools” – "The School of Prosperity", “The School of the Devil“, “The School of the Lonesome“, “The School of the Displaced“ and the cooperation project “The School of Kyiv at Kunsthalle Exnergasse“ – around which “autonomous” art projects as well as agora-like displays of exchange, mediation and collective work are grouped. The project relies on the catalysing power of contemporary art but equally integrates forms of knowledge production around migration, asylum, the queer and the community. “The School of Kyiv” is located in art spaces as well as venues of migrant everyday life and its protagonists seek to interlink those diverse regimes of experience and knowledge.

“The School of Kyiv” addresses antagonisms and renounces the obstructively repressive politics of so called “integration”. Underlying this discourse are the recent debates on the term of “dispossession” the expropriation of collective experience through the fragmentation of people’s lives, resulting in the incapacity of groups to build their political subjectivity. On the other hand the potentials of those dispossessions are filtered and creatively processed for alternative representations and identifications.
The propositions for subjectivization by contemporary art act as a catalyst to display experiences of everyday life, in a theatrical, performative or documentary manner. Then again the difficulty, complexity and ambiguity of artistic work is presented as a counter-world to the identificatory offers of the dominant pictorial world. Therefore, art is not at the service of social work or politics, but offers opportunities for a more poetic mediation.

“The School of Prosperity” took place in MUSA in March, “The School of the Lonesome” and “The School of the Devil” will be hosted in May at the Sandleitenhof, “The School of the Displaced” at municipal libraries and public space, and the events of “The School of the Lonesome” at the studio of the artist Heinz Frank and “The School of Kyiv at Kunsthalle Exnergasse“ in WUK Vienna.

Artists among others:
Anatoly Belov and Oksana Kazmina, Igor and lvan Buharov, Josef Dabernig, lnes Doujak and John Barker, Ben Fodor, Till Gathmann, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Tzu Nyen Ho, James T Hong, Vlodko Kaufman, Mlkhail Koptev and the Orchid Theatre, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Kateryna Mishchenko, Lada Nakonechna, Marina Naprushkina, Yves Netzhammer, Night Movement (Anastasia Ryabova, Varvara Gevorgizova), Zeyno Peküniü, Johannes Porsch, Mykola Ridnyi, Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir, Felix Sobolev, Anton Vidokle and Oleksiy Radynski

Curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer

PROGRAM

Exhibition opening: The School of the Devil and The School of the Lonesome
May 3, 2016, 7 pm
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6

Lecture Performance by Zeyno Pekünlü, At the Age of all Possibles (in English)
May 10, 2016, 7 pm
Studio Heinz Frank, 1150 Vienna, Guntherstraße 13

Reading by Marina Naprushkina, New Homeland? (in German)
May 11, 2016, 7 pm
Library Philadelphiabrücke, 1120 Vienna, Meidlinger Hauptstraße 73

Fashion Performance by Mikhail Koptev and the Orchid Theatre
May 17, 2016, 7 pm
WUK 1090 Vienna, Project Room, Währinger Straße 59

Discussion: Ukraine in Flames: What Art Can Tell After the Revolution (in English)
May 18, 2016, 4 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59

Exhibition opening: Into the Dark
The School of Kyiv at Kunsthalle Exnergasse
Curated by Hudrada
May 18, 2016, 7 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59

Performance by Till Gathmann
May 19, 2016, 7 pm
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6

Performance by Kateryna Mishchenko, Walls instead of bridges (in German)
May 20, 2016, 7 pm
Studio Heinz Frank, 1150 Vienna, Guntherstraße 13

Presentation by David Chichkan. How to Make the Radical Left Art in Ukraine (in English)
May 21, 2016, 5 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59

Lecture by Lesia Kulchynska (VCRC). In-hibition: A Story of Love and Hatred Towards Art (in English)
May 21, 2016, 7 pm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59

Performance by Night Movement (Anastasia Ryabova, Varvara Gevorgizova): The Night of the Dead Curator
May 21, 2016, 10 pm
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6
UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE TO CANCEL THE EVENT

Seminar by Andriy Ryepa
The politics of solitude: the Ukrainian Bartleby and his company
(in English)
May 23, 2016, 4 pm
IWM – Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Spittelauer Lände 3, 1090 Vienna



VENUES/OPENING HOURS

The School of the Devil
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6
Opening: May 3, 2016
Duration: May 4 – May 21, 2016
Opening hours: daily 4 – 8 pm

The School of the Lonesome
Sandleitenhof, 1160 Vienna, Matteottiplatz 6 and Studio Heinz Frank, 1150 Vienna, Guntherstraße 13
Opening: May 3, 2016
Duration: May 4 – May 21, 2016
Studio Heinz Frank: only for scheduled events

The School of the Displaced
Library Philadelphiabrücke, 1120 Vienna, Meidlinger Hauptstraße 73
Duration: May 11 – 21, 2016
Opening hours: Mo – Fr, 11:00 – 7 pm

The School of Kyiv at Kunsthalle Exnergasse
A project by “The School of Kyiv” in collaboration with Kunsthalle Exnergasse
Kunsthalle Exnergasse 1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 59
Exhibition: May 19 – 29, 2016
Opening hours: daily 1 – 6 pm


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Supported with funds from SHIFT



Downloads
Exhibition Guide (pdf, 494 kb)