alexandra reill
Since 2001
Works in Vienna Austria

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BIO
after ten years of film business alexandra reill focused on the development of experimenteal new media projects and - with a special view on interactive dramaturgies - transported all activities to the online platform kanonmedia, orginally founded in 1996 as the gallery kanon, situated in vienna / austria. today kanonmedia serves as a networking / content providing / exhibition platform for innovative & experimental new media projects as much as for the presentation of inhouse productions.
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EVENT

RESPONSIBILITY?


Dates:
Tue Jun 09, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 05, 2009

Location:
Austria

RESPONSIBILITY?

A Sound Installation and Panel against Daily Racism
in the framework of the Municipality Festival 1070 Vienna

Where:
7*stern with sound on Siebensternplatz
Siebensterngasse 31, A 1070 Vienna
When:
June 9th - 11th, 2009, 7 pm - 10 pm
Opening Panel:
7*stern, June 9th, 7 pm

The sound installation interrupts daily life in a bar-restaurant and on the square: Loundspeakers focus on answers given by members of a Vienna mainstream society in interviews held by the media artist Alexandra Reill: "As child or grandchild of members of a war generation with “autochthonal” Austrian background, do you think that you are responsible for the Nazi atrocities?"

The responses give cause for reflection - what is today's status consciousness, what is status of today's debate? How spread are oral traditions mystifying the Austrian role in Nazi times? Are such myths collective consciousness? Are there any regularities in the replies given, any standardized answers and, if so, what do they look like? Are there still fascist traits?

People pull back to the “same old stories, my grandfather was still a boy then, it is not my fault.” (1)

(1)Fibiundchillie, May 14, 2009, posting on Online Standard [www.derstandard.at] in reply to: Petra Stuiber, Mainstream-Antisemitismus, May 12, 2009, web page visit: May 23, 2009; Translation: Alexandra Reill

sounds bad, this anti-semitism-virus!
and us Austrian, we are probably infected with it from birth - quasi like original sin.
and Is there no vaccination against it?
or that you have a kind of condom put on the tongu holding bakc all a.semitic words?
we should organize kind of an antisemitism aiding lifeball (2)

(2)kapitän nemo, May 19, 2009, posting on Online Standard [www.derstandard.at] in reply to: Petra Stuiber, Mainstream-Antisemitismus, May 12, 2009, web page visit: May 23, 2009; Translation: Alexandra Reill

To be heard on the public square for three nights, the statements of those interviewed form a public sample and reflection of existing attitudes. RESPONSIBILITY? is a sound installation creating a break in the current gears of daily life. The sound installation works with the spoken word, intervenes in the everyday life of people and creates a chance to become aware and conscious of denials in own identities, which otherwise, in everyday thinking, might be perceived as "normal", therefore being in the dark, in the unconscious but perhaps constantly active.

Opening Panel

Place and Time

7*stern
31, Siebensterngasse 31, A 1070 Vienna
June 9th, 2009, 7 pm

As opening event a panel on the theme takes place in 7*stern:

Today's self-understanding of a Viennese mainstream society with its developments since the '30s, racism in daily thinking and talking still mystifying fascistoid traits of identity and the repetition of discriminatory exclusion of people in the context of current mechanism relating to "debates about foreigners" ("Ausländerfeindlichkeit") form the framework for reflections on what is needed today for people with Austrian background to develop clear responsibility in their attitudes towards own history when further developing ways of living and communication acknowledging - in the terms of Cultural Studies - a society based on the peaceful co-existence of people with socially and culturally split in a thousand variations of identity (3).

(3) Kerstin Kellermann, Abendland in Vampirs Hand, in: Die Presse, May 27, 2009; Translation: Alexandra Reill

Speakers:
Gilda Horvath, ORF-Volksgruppenredaktion
Siglinde Bolbecher, Frauen AG der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Exilliteratur
Hikmet Kayahan, Bündnis gegen Rechtsruck
Bülent Öztoplu, Fachbereich Integration
Moderation: Alexandra Reill, media artist and film maker

Opening words by Madeleine Reiser, Municipality 1070 Vienna, and Warren Rosenzweig, Jewish Theater of Austria

Production and Press Contact Data

Concept and realization: Alexandra Reill
Production: kanonmedia, Wien 2009

Press contact: Alexandra Reill
call: ++43[0]6991 820 70 03
write to: 12/24, Richtergasse, A 1070 Vienna
mail to: alexandra.reill@kanonmedia.com
visit: http://www.kanonmedia.com

Support

RESPONSIBILITY? is installed on occasion of the Municipality Festival 1070 Vienna and is supported by the Municipality of the seventh district of Vienna with means of the Department of Culture of the City of Vienna / District Activities. At this point kanonmedia would like to express its thxs to 7*stern hosting the installation and to all interview partners.


EVENT

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE


Dates:
Sun Jun 07, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 05, 2009

Location:
Austria

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV

A tour against racism and polemics in every day language and thinking through a few districts of Vienna in June 2009

The media artist Alexandra Reill together with the social worker Karin Gruber take to the street with their socio-cultural project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV. The interdisciplinary team tours the districts Leopoldstadt, Landstraße, Margareten, Neubau, Alsergrund, Ottakring and Donaustadt - the vast majority of these districts being working class neighbourhoods. At street fairs, traffic junctions and in markets the team distribute to people in the street [post] cards with images and text quotations out of the media showing the bluntness of prejudices and populist arguments used by racist forces at all times.

Place and Time

9th district: Alsergrund: June 6, 2009
at the Südwind festival in the old AKH
11 am to 6 pm

7th district: Neubau: June 7, 2009
at the street fair in Stiftgasse on Spittelberg
1 pm to 10 pm

2nd district: Leopoldstadt: June 12, 2009
in front of the church Nepomukkirche on Praterstraße
10 am to 2 pm

5th district: Margareten: June 13, 2009
on Margaretenplatz
10 am to 5 pm

3rd district: Landstraße: June 19 and 20, 2009
in front of the subway station Rochusgasse on Rochusmarkt
3 pm to 7 pm

22nd district: Donaustadt: June 19 and 20, 2009
as an installation in public space on Genochmarkt in cooperation with MIK
6 pm to 11 pm

16 th district: Ottakring: June 20, 2009
at the farmer's market on Yppenplatz
10 am to 2 pm

With their historic text and image citations, the cards document the situation of unemployed people in the 30ies, Nazi propaganda on the term work and enthusiasm of the vast majority of the Viennese population for the "Anschluß" 1938. Contemporary motifs are compared to today's polemics surrounding the issue of work and prosperity, areas of social life, still and again strongly used by racist forces defaming and segregating people with different cultural backgrounds without any differentiation, having gone so far lately that they show their preparedness to threaten and kill people.

The card objects point out how deceptive populism is and acts but how powerful it is in its influence on attitudes of people. In this context, the question of how deeply rooted fascistoid and racist attitudes are in Viennese populations, is not blocked out. Not only prompted by current incidents in Austrian society but also on a long-term basis a sustained analysis of contemporary anti-semitism and racism in everyday thinking and language is an issue.

The white cube is probably the wrong place, and maybe contemporary cultural production took to the street a long time ago. In any case, for the transdisciplinary and socio-cultural profile of this project the artistic approach of intervening in public space and directly encountering people works particularly well. As a sign of communication in public space and as a reminder sign in kitchens and living rooms, the printed [post] card itself as much as the changing of the cards from one hand to the other opens up the possibility of outreach to people, mobile discourse and open dialogue. With her project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV, a fourth adaptation of the original sequence installed in shops and restaurants in Kirchengasse and Siebensterngasse in 1070 Vienna in autumn 2008, Alexandra Reill stands up to everyday racism and xenophobia, prejudice and populist polemic and the fear of the unknown.

Team
Concept:
Alexandra Reill
Intervention in public space, video documentation:
Alexandra Reill, Karin Gruber
Production:
kanonmedia, Vienna 2009

Press Contact
Alexandra Reill
call: + +43 [0] 6991 820 70 03
write to: 12/24, Richtergasse, A 1070 Vienna
mail to: alexandra.reill@kanonmedia.com
visit: http://www.kanonmedia.com

Support
REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV is supported by the following Municipalities:

1020 Vienna 1030 Vienna 1040 Vienna 1050 Vienna
1070 Vienna 1090 Vienna 1160 Vienna 1170 Vienna

At this point we would also like to thank Mission Ignition Kagran and Südwind hosting the projects in the context of the socio-cultural interventions on MIK Genochmarkt and within the framework of the Südwind Festival.


EVENT

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE


Dates:
Sat Jun 06, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 05, 2009

Location:
Austria

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV

A tour against racism and polemics in every day language and thinking through a few districts of Vienna in June 2009

The media artist Alexandra Reill together with the social worker Karin Gruber take to the street with their socio-cultural project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV. The interdisciplinary team tours the districts Leopoldstadt, Landstraße, Margareten, Neubau, Alsergrund, Ottakring and Donaustadt - the vast majority of these districts being working class neighbourhoods. At street fairs, traffic junctions and in markets the team distribute to people in the street [post] cards with images and text quotations out of the media showing the bluntness of prejudices and populist arguments used by racist forces at all times.

Place and Time

9th district: Alsergrund: June 6, 2009
at the Südwind festival in the old AKH
11 am to 6 pm

7th district: Neubau: June 7, 2009
at the street fair in Stiftgasse on Spittelberg
1 pm to 10 pm

2nd district: Leopoldstadt: June 12, 2009
in front of the church Nepomukkirche on Praterstraße
10 am to 2 pm

5th district: Margareten: June 13, 2009
on Margaretenplatz
10 am to 5 pm

3rd district: Landstraße: June 19 and 20, 2009
in front of the subway station Rochusgasse on Rochusmarkt
3 pm to 7 pm

22nd district: Donaustadt: June 19 and 20, 2009
as an installation in public space on Genochmarkt in cooperation with MIK
6 pm to 11 pm

16 th district: Ottakring: June 20, 2009
at the farmer's market on Yppenplatz
10 am to 2 pm

With their historic text and image citations, the cards document the situation of unemployed people in the 30ies, Nazi propaganda on the term work and enthusiasm of the vast majority of the Viennese population for the "Anschluß" 1938. Contemporary motifs are compared to today's polemics surrounding the issue of work and prosperity, areas of social life, still and again strongly used by racist forces defaming and segregating people with different cultural backgrounds without any differentiation, having gone so far lately that they show their preparedness to threaten and kill people.

The card objects point out how deceptive populism is and acts but how powerful it is in its influence on attitudes of people. In this context, the question of how deeply rooted fascistoid and racist attitudes are in Viennese populations, is not blocked out. Not only prompted by current incidents in Austrian society but also on a long-term basis a sustained analysis of contemporary anti-semitism and racism in everyday thinking and language is an issue.

The white cube is probably the wrong place, and maybe contemporary cultural production took to the street a long time ago. In any case, for the transdisciplinary and socio-cultural profile of this project the artistic approach of intervening in public space and directly encountering people works particularly well. As a sign of communication in public space and as a reminder sign in kitchens and living rooms, the printed [post] card itself as much as the changing of the cards from one hand to the other opens up the possibility of outreach to people, mobile discourse and open dialogue. With her project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV, a fourth adaptation of the original sequence installed in shops and restaurants in Kirchengasse and Siebensterngasse in 1070 Vienna in autumn 2008, Alexandra Reill stands up to everyday racism and xenophobia, prejudice and populist polemic and the fear of the unknown.

Team
Concept:
Alexandra Reill
Intervention in public space, video documentation:
Alexandra Reill, Karin Gruber
Production:
kanonmedia, Vienna 2009

Press Contact
Alexandra Reill
call: + +43 [0] 6991 820 70 03
write to: 12/24, Richtergasse, A 1070 Vienna
mail to: alexandra.reill@kanonmedia.com
visit: http://www.kanonmedia.com

Support
REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV is supported by the following Municipalities:

1020 Vienna 1030 Vienna 1040 Vienna 1050 Vienna
1070 Vienna 1090 Vienna 1160 Vienna 1170 Vienna

At this point we would also like to thank Mission Ignition Kagran and Südwind hosting the projects in the context of the socio-cultural interventions on MIK Genochmarkt and within the framework of the Südwind Festival.


EVENT

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE


Dates:
Sat Jun 20, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 05, 2009

Location:
Austria

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV

A tour against racism and polemics in every day language and thinking through a few districts of Vienna in June 2009

The media artist Alexandra Reill together with the social worker Karin Gruber take to the street with their socio-cultural project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV. The interdisciplinary team tours the districts Leopoldstadt, Landstraße, Margareten, Neubau, Alsergrund, Ottakring and Donaustadt - the vast majority of these districts being working class neighbourhoods. At street fairs, traffic junctions and in markets the team distribute to people in the street [post] cards with images and text quotations out of the media showing the bluntness of prejudices and populist arguments used by racist forces at all times.

Place and Time

9th district: Alsergrund: June 6, 2009
at the Südwind festival in the old AKH
11 am to 6 pm

7th district: Neubau: June 7, 2009
at the street fair in Stiftgasse on Spittelberg
1 pm to 10 pm

2nd district: Leopoldstadt: June 12, 2009
in front of the church Nepomukkirche on Praterstraße
10 am to 2 pm

5th district: Margareten: June 13, 2009
on Margaretenplatz
10 am to 5 pm

3rd district: Landstraße: June 19 and 20, 2009
in front of the subway station Rochusgasse on Rochusmarkt
3 pm to 7 pm

22nd district: Donaustadt: June 19 and 20, 2009
as an installation in public space on Genochmarkt in cooperation with MIK
6 pm to 11 pm

16 th district: Ottakring: June 20, 2009
at the farmer's market on Yppenplatz
10 am to 2 pm

With their historic text and image citations, the cards document the situation of unemployed people in the 30ies, Nazi propaganda on the term work and enthusiasm of the vast majority of the Viennese population for the "Anschluß" 1938. Contemporary motifs are compared to today's polemics surrounding the issue of work and prosperity, areas of social life, still and again strongly used by racist forces defaming and segregating people with different cultural backgrounds without any differentiation, having gone so far lately that they show their preparedness to threaten and kill people.

The card objects point out how deceptive populism is and acts but how powerful it is in its influence on attitudes of people. In this context, the question of how deeply rooted fascistoid and racist attitudes are in Viennese populations, is not blocked out. Not only prompted by current incidents in Austrian society but also on a long-term basis a sustained analysis of contemporary anti-semitism and racism in everyday thinking and language is an issue.

The white cube is probably the wrong place, and maybe contemporary cultural production took to the street a long time ago. In any case, for the transdisciplinary and socio-cultural profile of this project the artistic approach of intervening in public space and directly encountering people works particularly well. As a sign of communication in public space and as a reminder sign in kitchens and living rooms, the printed [post] card itself as much as the changing of the cards from one hand to the other opens up the possibility of outreach to people, mobile discourse and open dialogue. With her project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV, a fourth adaptation of the original sequence installed in shops and restaurants in Kirchengasse and Siebensterngasse in 1070 Vienna in autumn 2008, Alexandra Reill stands up to everyday racism and xenophobia, prejudice and populist polemic and the fear of the unknown.

Team
Concept:
Alexandra Reill
Intervention in public space, video documentation:
Alexandra Reill, Karin Gruber
Production:
kanonmedia, Vienna 2009

Press Contact
Alexandra Reill
call: + +43 [0] 6991 820 70 03
write to: 12/24, Richtergasse, A 1070 Vienna
mail to: alexandra.reill@kanonmedia.com
visit: http://www.kanonmedia.com

Support
REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV is supported by the following Municipalities:

1020 Vienna 1030 Vienna 1040 Vienna 1050 Vienna
1070 Vienna 1090 Vienna 1160 Vienna 1170 Vienna

At this point we would also like to thank Mission Ignition Kagran and Südwind hosting the projects in the context of the socio-cultural interventions on MIK Genochmarkt and within the framework of the Südwind Festival.


EVENT

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE


Dates:
Fri Jun 19, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 05, 2009

Location:
Austria

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV

A tour against racism and polemics in every day language and thinking through a few districts of Vienna in June 2009

The media artist Alexandra Reill together with the social worker Karin Gruber take to the street with their socio-cultural project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV. The interdisciplinary team tours the districts Leopoldstadt, Landstraße, Margareten, Neubau, Alsergrund, Ottakring and Donaustadt - the vast majority of these districts being working class neighbourhoods. At street fairs, traffic junctions and in markets the team distribute to people in the street [post] cards with images and text quotations out of the media showing the bluntness of prejudices and populist arguments used by racist forces at all times.

Place and Time

9th district: Alsergrund: June 6, 2009
at the Südwind festival in the old AKH
11 am to 6 pm

7th district: Neubau: June 7, 2009
at the street fair in Stiftgasse on Spittelberg
1 pm to 10 pm

2nd district: Leopoldstadt: June 12, 2009
in front of the church Nepomukkirche on Praterstraße
10 am to 2 pm

5th district: Margareten: June 13, 2009
on Margaretenplatz
10 am to 5 pm

3rd district: Landstraße: June 19 and 20, 2009
in front of the subway station Rochusgasse on Rochusmarkt
3 pm to 7 pm

22nd district: Donaustadt: June 19 and 20, 2009
as an installation in public space on Genochmarkt in cooperation with MIK
6 pm to 11 pm

16 th district: Ottakring: June 20, 2009
at the farmer's market on Yppenplatz
10 am to 2 pm

With their historic text and image citations, the cards document the situation of unemployed people in the 30ies, Nazi propaganda on the term work and enthusiasm of the vast majority of the Viennese population for the "Anschluß" 1938. Contemporary motifs are compared to today's polemics surrounding the issue of work and prosperity, areas of social life, still and again strongly used by racist forces defaming and segregating people with different cultural backgrounds without any differentiation, having gone so far lately that they show their preparedness to threaten and kill people.

The card objects point out how deceptive populism is and acts but how powerful it is in its influence on attitudes of people. In this context, the question of how deeply rooted fascistoid and racist attitudes are in Viennese populations, is not blocked out. Not only prompted by current incidents in Austrian society but also on a long-term basis a sustained analysis of contemporary anti-semitism and racism in everyday thinking and language is an issue.

The white cube is probably the wrong place, and maybe contemporary cultural production took to the street a long time ago. In any case, for the transdisciplinary and socio-cultural profile of this project the artistic approach of intervening in public space and directly encountering people works particularly well. As a sign of communication in public space and as a reminder sign in kitchens and living rooms, the printed [post] card itself as much as the changing of the cards from one hand to the other opens up the possibility of outreach to people, mobile discourse and open dialogue. With her project REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV, a fourth adaptation of the original sequence installed in shops and restaurants in Kirchengasse and Siebensterngasse in 1070 Vienna in autumn 2008, Alexandra Reill stands up to everyday racism and xenophobia, prejudice and populist polemic and the fear of the unknown.

Team
Concept:
Alexandra Reill
Intervention in public space, video documentation:
Alexandra Reill, Karin Gruber
Production:
kanonmedia, Vienna 2009

Press Contact
Alexandra Reill
call: + +43 [0] 6991 820 70 03
write to: 12/24, Richtergasse, A 1070 Vienna
mail to: alexandra.reill@kanonmedia.com
visit: http://www.kanonmedia.com

Support
REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV is supported by the following Municipalities:

1020 Vienna 1030 Vienna 1040 Vienna 1050 Vienna
1070 Vienna 1090 Vienna 1160 Vienna 1170 Vienna

At this point we would also like to thank Mission Ignition Kagran and Südwind hosting the projects in the context of the socio-cultural interventions on MIK Genochmarkt and within the framework of the Südwind Festival.