Daniel Egg

Information Stream


Smoke – the medium for earlier forms of communication – has been degraded over time from an intellectual gesture of the 1920s, and a sign of youthful immortality of the 1960s, to the present-day trigger of social frowning-upon. This development is reflected by Daniel Egg (born in Vienna in 1973, lives in Vienna), who has employed cigarette smoke in his project Information Stream as a means of communication, developing a semantic vocabulary of form that is manifested in smoke. In the performative self-experiment, he fills his lungs with smoke so as to generate a visual alphabet of the spoken language.

18.11.2014, 7pm, Luise im Kunsthaus
To mark his new work on the BIX façade of the Kunsthaus, Katrin Bucher Trantow conducts a discussion with Daniel Egg and the Viennese philosopher Robert Pfaller, who in his book ‘Wofür es sich zu leben lohnt’ (What Makes Life Worth Living) turns against a social and political trend which ‘thrusts nothing but easily digestible things under people’s noses’. As a result of this way of thinking, one part of the Kunsthaus has been turned into a smoking room, and not only in a conceptual sense. 

A catalogue is published together with the project, with texts by Veit Loers, Franz Thalmair, Thomas Mießgang, Günther Holler-Schuster, and a discussion between Daniel Egg and Katrin Bucher Trantow as well as illustrations of the whole series, consisting of film, photographs and light installations. 

Robert Pfaller


Robert Pfaller is professor of philosophy at the University of Applied Art in Vienna and founding member of the Viennese research group for psychoanalysis, stuzzicadenti. Publications (selection): ‘Wofür es sich zu leben lohnt. Elemente materialistischer Philosophie’ (Frankfurt: Fischer, 2011); Ästhetik der Interpassivität (Hamburg: philo fine arts, 2008); Das schmutzige Heilige und die reine Vernunft. Symptome der Gegenwartskultur (Frankfurt: Fischer, 2008).


Kunsthaus Graz

Lendkai 1
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9200


Opening Hours
01. January to 22. October Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
23. October to 31. October 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
01. November 2021 to 31. December 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Architecture tours
July–August, Tue–Sun 11 a.m. (German)

Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm
Fri-Sat 9am-1am
Sun 9am-8pm
T: +43-316/714 957



26th October
5th April 2021
24th May 2021
1st November 2021

24th/25th December
1st January 2021 10am - 1pm
16th February 2021
24th/25th December 2021

Want to see what's happening on the BIX façade right now?
>>  follow this link to the Livecam