CODED CULTURES: CITY AS INTERFACE
FESTIVAL 21/09 - 02/10/2011
NEW MEDIA ARTS FROM SEPTEMBER 21st TO OCTOBER 2nd
Coded Cultures 2011 presents itself on many different locations in Vienna, with the main focus on the Donaukanal (Danube Channel) and the surrounding Viennese city districts. From 21st to 25th of September focus days will be held, which mainly will take place at the Viennese Danube Channel, the 2nd district of Vienna, Museums Quarter Vienna, the Badeschiff and the Odeon Theatre. From the 26th of September to the 2nd of Octo- ber workshops, presentations and artist-talks are taking place. Partners are Transmediale Berlin, Media Lab Prado Madrid, Enter Festival Prag and Amber Festival Istanbul (among many others). On the 1st of October the Festival is ending with a big event at the Badeschiff in cooperation with the viennese Waves Festival.
To acknowledge this year’s focus of CODED CULTURES – City as
Interface, the exhibition part and the whole festival take place at
locations spread out in the city, mainly concentrating on the 2nd
district of Vienna, particularly around the Urania at the Donaukanal.
Taking up the challenge of using urban terrain and structures as
venues for the Festival, mainly self-initialized and self-organized
locations were chosen as display areas rather than established
museums. While some of the artworks requiring vast rooms of public
space, will be shown in the areas around the Donaukanal, others
which need certain structures or weatherproof conditions will be
presented in selected offspaces in the 2nd district. Other formats like
the workshops will be held at the space of This.Play, the Badeschiff and
Urania. and Presentation events with larger auditoria will take place at
the Urania, and thereby round up the great variety and diverse levels
of urban structures chosen as festival spots. Originating from the
MuseumsQuartier Wien, its previous place of events, CODED CULTURES
will present several positions in quartier21 as well and seize the
opportunity to invite two Artists in Residence to the quartier21 Artist-
In-Residence program. The opening and organization of a Festival at
dislocated scenes constitutes a challenge itself, as there is no way
to show all artifacts in one exhibition. The Odeon Theater, a space
adapted to a theater venue by the Serapions Ensemble, will host the
opening event of CODED CULTURES - City as Interface, with a Pecha
Kucha Night, that presents selected positions and concepts of the
Festival in a diverting format.
CODED CULTURES was initiated by the group »5uper.net«: a network of producers, theorists, artists, designers, architects and programmers, which is active in the field of knowledge-work based on digital media related forms of art and culture.