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A lyrical in(ter)vention in urban space by Matthias Göritz


Opening: 28. Mai 2021, 16 Uhr

Orte: Joanneumsviertel, Schloßberg & Forum Stadtpark (8010 Graz)

In his much cited Nobel Prize speech of 1987, the Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky demands that poems should be available at every petrol station and classics in cheap editions. They were the mental fuel for the day, a "colossal accelerator of consciousness, of thought, of perception of the world".

The Institute for Art in Public Space Styria and the internationally renowned poet and translator Matthias Göritz take up these ideas and bring poetry into the urban space of the literary experimental city of Graz. Three vending machines, normally filled with children's toys, refreshing sweets or condoms, turn into lyrical spatial in(ter)ventions and dispense poetry.

For six months, residents and visitors of Graz are invited to withdraw poems from three different machines. The "Frische Gedichte" ("Fresh Poems") vending machine in the Joanneum quarter contains previously unpublished, new works by Graz poets, the "Mein Nachbar auf der Wolke" ("My Neighbour on the Cloud") vending machine on the Schloßberg surprises with poems by Slovenian poets in Slovenian and German, and a historical condom vending machine next to the entrance to the Forum Stadtpark has particularly "Gefühlsechte Gedichte" ("Romantic Poems") in store.

Each vending machine is equipped with 14 different poems, which are available for 50 cents each. As part of the 50-cent prize, readers are also invited to get active: Choose one of the poems from the vending machine in the Joanneum Quarter as your favourite via online voting. The winners of this audience award will be presented at the finissage of the project in December at the Literaturhaus Graz.

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8020 Graz, Österreich
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Gefühlsechte Gedichte
(Forum Stadtpark)

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Gökçenur Ç.

Efe Duyan

Julia Fiedorczuk

Madara Gruntmane

Volha Hapeyeva

Alfred Kolleritsch 

Aljaž Koprivnikar

Gonca Özmen

Monika Rinck


Ferdinand Schmatz

Andreas Unterweger

Zmicier Vishnioŭ 


Mein Nachbar auf der Wolke

Miljana Cunta

Milan Dekleva

Anja Golob

Fabjan Hafner

Edvard Kocbek

Srečko Kosovel

Maruša Krese 

Ana Pepelnik

Tomaž Šalamun

Peter Semolič

Tone Škrjanec

Aleš Šteger

Lucija Stupica

Uroš Zupan


Frische Gedichte

Omar Khir Alanam

Florian Dietmaier

Valerie Fritsch

Esther Gschweitl

Lisa Höllebauer

Julia Knaß

Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Precious Nnebedum

Anna-Lena Obermoser

Susmita Paul

Jana Radičević

Lisa Schantl

Christoph Szalay

Kinga Tóth