The art of Urban Intervention. Residents and tradespeople, artists and scientists, activists and experts explore one of the most exciting areas of Graz and discuss ongoing processes and changes. Annenviertel is the area in downtown Graz with the Annenstrasse in its centre comprising large parts of Lend, the 4th district of Graz, and Gries, the 5th. This project is about the people who turn the Annenviertel into what it is its regulars, its residents, as well as the people who work and who all animate this area.
On September 26th we really get started in the ANNENVIERTEL! The launch of an intensive discussion of this neighbourhood of Graz around the Annenstraße linking the Lend and Gries districts is scheduled for this date. Residents and tradespeople, artists and scientists, activists and experts will explore one of the most exciting areas of Graz and discuss ongoing processes and changes.
< rotor >, association for contemporary art based in the Volksgartenstraße 6a will provide the headquarters for this two-year project. Here is where you find exhibitions related to the subject, interesting evening events, an archive on art forms in public and social space, workshops – and, of course, all information on the project progression, the many satellite stations and all events organized in the ANNENVIERTEL!
SELECTED: 10 YEARS OF < ROTOR >
With more than 30 artists and a selection of works presented in these ten years which played a key role in the development of the programming. Many of these works of art could be produced in the frame of < rotor > projects – exhibitions here in Graz and abroad, in public space and in the frame of residency programs.
The projects starts with the following artists and activists at the mentioned locations:
Paola di Bello, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Anri Sala, Tere Recarens......< rotor > Joanna Rajkowska......Premises of the Building Authority
Isa Rosenberger.....Association Women's Service Graz BijaRi......Annenstrasse
Marusa Sagadin......Chamber of Labour
Kristina Leko......plauderBar at ISOP
Die Villa, in der wir wohnen......City Library Zanklhof
Pia Lanzinger......die Scherbe
Katarzyna Winiecka......blendend Concept Store, Bookshop Wendepunkt, Café Restaurant Demiri, Pizzeria Santa Lucia, Café Park
Rebikel / Raketa.....Load carrying tricycle
Stefan Schmitzer / Karin Lernbeiß / Verena Michelitsch.....Annenpost
A multilingual team......Voices from Annenviertel. The Helsinki Hood Radio
A growing archive: ICA-Sofia, Isola Art Center, The Blue House, UJEP, Urban Festival......< rotor >
What you face is the kick-off of the project “Annenviertel! The Art of Urban Intervention”. For a period of two years the present and the transformations in the Graz Annenviertel will be highlighted with manifold forms of artistic and cultural practice. This little publication features the programme of the first four months. We would like to cordially invite you to take a closer look at the Annenviertel with us and to participate in the events offered!
What exactly is the Annenviertel? This is the area in downtown Graz with the Annenstrasse in its centre comprising large parts of Lend, the 4th district of Graz, and Gries, the 5th. This project is about the people who turn the Annenviertel into what it is – its regulars, its residents, as well as the people who work and who all animate this area.
What is on the agenda now is the big launch. Now is the time to get started, to communicate, to explore, to discover and to make things visible. Artist, urbanists and activists will deal with the plethora of hot topics at issue in this hood. There will be ample room for participation and free expression of one’s own views. The Bulgarian artist Pravdoliub Ivanov, who contributes in the first phase, has titled his work as follows: “Transformation Always Takes Time and Energy”. This is also a good motto for both city (district) development in general and the Annenviertel in particular!
In this spirit we are counting on a lot of energy from the part of all the people involved and time for a positive development. And we wish you many exciting moments and stimulating discussions.
The ANNENVIERTEL! kick-off is organized in cooperation with the steirischer herbst festival and with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
ANNENVIERTEL! is supported by:
Kulturamt der Stadt Graz
Kulturabteilung des Landes Steiermark
Culture Programme of the European Union
ANNENVIERTEL! is part of:
THE ART OF URBAN INTERVENTION a project by < rotor > association for contemporary art/ Graz, University of J. E. Purkyne/ Usti nad Labem, [BLOK] – Local Base for cultural refreshment/ Zagreb (in collaboration with DeLVe | Institute for Duration, Location and Variables, Zagreb), The Blue House Foundation/ Amsterdam, Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia and NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts/ Milano.
Image: Paola di Bello
launch of the project: Saturday, September 26, 6 pm
< rotor >
association for contemporary art
Volksgartenstrasse 6a, 8020 Graz, Austria
Opening hours: MON – SAT, 10 am – 6 pm