A participative exhibition project
developed on the basis of media pedagogic workshops on intercultural learning in the grammar schools in Scheibbs and Wieselburg in Lower Austria
Concept: Sini Coreth and Alexandra Reill
By far not enough people are conscious of the qualities and options of intercultural ways of co-existence. Fear of the other, the unknown, entices to segregate in form of active physical or at least as bad - psychological aggression. Preconceived opinions serve as blockades and impede open and attentive encounters with the new and the unknown. Extracurricular initiatives, groups and persons can contribute important input for intercultural learning processes in institutions by providing their cooperation partners in schools with their expert know-how.
Based on the art works Furious DVD 2007 by Sini Coreth, who researches processes of segregation and uncontrolled violence, and the installation Would we say No? II by Alexandra Reill, the theme of which is xenophobia and the fear of "swamping by foreigners", in the workshops called Intercultural Mobbing or Cooperation these contexts were the framework for discussion with teens attending the highschools in Wieselburg and in Scheibbs in Lower Austria who then produced their own video clips and fine art works in cooperation with their teachers and the artists.
The teachers and the artists Sini Coreth and Alexandra Reill coached the teens in going through the material which was produced cross-disciplinarily in the German language and arts classes. Sini Coreth combined and edited the teens' video clips so that a common film could be produced collectively. This version was shown to the teens who could add additions, demand changes or veto, thus defining the final cut and on this discussion having a platform for discussing options of cooperation. These talks were documented by the artists and together with the video FEELINGstrange are shown in the exhibition.
The opening of the exhibition FEELINGstrange presenting FURIOUS 2007 DVD and the photo series Tehran 2008 by Sini Coreth, the installation Would we say No? II by Alexandra Reill and the teens' video FEELINGstrange as well as drawings produced on the theme by the teens in the framework of the workshops on intercultural learning takes place in the Gallery Nemecek in Wieselburg on January 15, 2009, 6 pm. The director of Landesmuseum Niederösterreich, Carl Aigner, will deliver an opening speech.
Sini Coreth, FURIOUS DVD 2007
Fire is on our monitors,
fire forges emotions,
emotions are at war with the titans of our egos
trying to escape hopelessness.
FURIOUS, a glimpse of our daily life. Our contemporary society knows only output and competition thus not having an eye any more for people who cannot conform with dictated conditions and rules. Slowly, they are driven towards the edges of society by a centrifugal force speeding up so fast that it cannot be imagined. Misunderstood by their social environments, by their family, educational backgrounds or professional settings, they start retreating into inner isolation.
Suddenly, a situation can turn into a spark, all that is repressed turns into a blustering FURIOSO and breaks out. Emotions and memories are set free letting people stop at nothing, not even at their own life.
Alexandra Reill, Would we say No? II, 2009
Would we say No? II is an installation constellating A6-post card-like cards with plotter print sujets comparing faschist and faschistoid arguments used in the 30ies and 40ies as much as today in defining the role of work to find out that the fear of unemployment and poverty as much as the fear to loose possessions, the own, directly leads to the fear of "being swamped by foreigners" and to the segregation of people whose cultural roots are not fully identical with the own ones.
The sujets are a collection of media impressions out of newspapers and TV, images and text citations forming an installation in form of centimeter-high packages of post cards piled on an old wooden kitchen table and ready to be picked up by everyone who would like to take his own package. The table is surrounded by living room tableaus reflecting the commonness of polemic argumentation with their feel of implicitness.
As exhibition closing event a discussion panel on the theme of FEELINGstrange takes place on Friday, January 23, 2009, 10 am, in the highschool of Wieselburg:
Mag. Carl Aigner, director of Landesmuseum NÖ
Dr. Hermine Krieger, psychiatrist
Mag. Robert Kabas, artist and art teacher, BORG Scheibbs
Karina Berger, workshop participant, BORG Scheibbs
Mag. Ludmilla Geiblinger, art teacher, BRG Wieselburg
Koloman Heil, workshop participant, BRG Wieselburg
Sini Coreth, artist
Alexandra Reill, artist
Moderation: Mag. Michaela Gutsjahr, German teacher, BRG Wieselburg
The discussion penal leads to an open cooking workshop in cooperation with the participants of the video workshops, their relatives, teachers and members of the PTA as well as anybody who would like to participate so that the final closing event of the process is a common dinner.
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