This is not an exhibition


Opening: 23.09.2006, 11am
Curated by: Christine Peters, Adam Budak

Coproduction of  Gutshaus Kranz & steirischer herbst

Protections is confronting head-on the fact that our modern societies are undergoing a far-reaching of redefinition values process – under the pressure of individualism, neo-liberalism, information transfer and global markets. It is posing elemental questions on contemporary art and concepts of perception – going beyond the promise of a successful modern life.


Protections forces attention on social relations; their ephemeral and chance nature and the urge we have for stability and social order, it brings into focus this obsessive hanging-on to a threatened and damaged security and our longing for care and comfort. This is in fact not an exhibition at all. Conceived as a situational, living project Protections strikes theatrical sparks, it focuses attention on the exhibition as a flowing, interactive format in a process of coming into being that simply does not exist without the presence of those who visit it.


Protections is a polyphonic edifice, an arrangement of changing, self-questioning multiplicity: from architectural interventions, performances, theatrical forms and performative installations through to film, conceptual and discursive studies. The complex and provocative architecture of the Gutshaus Kranz as well as the social and cultural milieu of the city constitute the matrix for all artistic approaches gathered within this project.


The exhibition is an experience that is renewed on a daily basis.


Participating artists: 
Cezary Bodzianowski', The Centre Of Attention, Katrina Daschner, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tim Etchells, Vlatka Horvat, Christian Jankowski, Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings, Katarina Löfström, Daria Martin, Kris Martin, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Warren Neidich, 'Roman Ondak, Elisabeth Penker, Philippe Rahm, Markus Schinwald & Oleg Soulimenko, Dejan Spasovik, Apolonija Šušteršic, Mark Wallinger, Markus Weisbeck, Herwig Weiser


A comprehensive reader in English and German accompanies the exhibition. With contributions from Marius Babias, Zygmunt Bauman, Beatrice von Bismarck, Adam Budak, Jordan Crandall, Claire Doherty, Jean Fisher, Elisabeth Grosz, Nikolaus Hirsch, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Peter Pakesch, Christine Peters, Irit Rogoff, Stefan Römer, Renata Salecl and Michael Terman.


Tue - Sun 10am-6pm
Thu 10am-8pm


Exhibition Video


Gutshaus Unplugged Protections Programme


Tuesday, September 26th
Curating As Performance
Florian Zeyfang (co-curator), artist and curator/Berlin: 
break in / break out and Proprio Aperto
6pm, german, exhibition space


Wednesday, September 27th 
Guided (Artist) Tour As Performance 
Philippe Rahm, architect/Paris 
focus: architecture
3 pm and 6pm, engl., exhibition space


Thursday, September 28th 
Book As Performance
Maria Lind, IASPIS/Stockholm: 
Curating with Light Luggage
6pm, engl., exhibition space


Saturday, September 30th
Special Event At The Generosity Broadcasting House 
Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings, artists,/London: 
Open Content Film Culture
5-7pm, engl., Space01


Tuesday, October 3rd
Curating As Performance 
Soren Grammel (co-curator), Grazer Kunstverein & Luca Frei, artist/Sweden:
Installation and Presentation of SPARKS
5pm, german, exhibition space


Wednesday, October 4th
Guided (Artist) Tour As Performance 
Elisabeth Penker, artist/Vienna 
focus: sound
3pm and 6pm, german, exhibition space


Thursday, October 5th 
Book As Performance 
Claire Doherty, University of the West of England/Bristol: 
Contemporary Art - from Studio to Situations with a screening of Guy Debord's films and Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave 6pm, engl., Space04


Friday, October 6th – Saturday, October 7th
With participation of Claire Doherty, Apolonija Sustersic, Bojana Kunst, Christine Peters and Adam Budak and featuring students of the Schauspielinstitut, Kunstuniversität Graz


Saturday, October 7th
Special Event At The Generosity Broadcasting House 
Eileen Simpson & Ben White, artists/London: 
Open Music Archive 
6-8pm: burning session, 9pm: live performance; engl., Space01


Tuesday, October 10th 
Curating As Performance 
Barbara Steiner (co-curator), Gallery for Contemporary Art/Leipzig: 
Räume des Verhandelns 
with AS IF Architekten/Wien, Berlin 
6pm, german, exhibition space


Wednesday, October 11th
Guided (Artist) Tour As Performance 
Markus Schinwald, artist, Vienna and Oleg Soulimenko, Russia
focus: performance and theatre
3 pm and 6pm, german, exhibition space


Thursday, October 12th
Performative Lecture 
Jordan Crandall, media artist and theorist/Los Angeles: 
Ready for Action!
7pm, engl., Space04


Friday, October 13th
Performative Lecture 
Beatrice von Bismarck, Academy of Visual Arts/Leipzig: 
Making Exhibitions - Processing Relations
3pm, german, Space04


Saturday, October 14th 
Special Event At The Generosity Broadcasting House 
MaMa, Club/Zagreb: 
Skill Sharing
2-10pm, engl., Space01


Tuesday, October 17th 
Curating As Performance 
Nikolaus Hirsch (co-curator), architect/Frankfurt & Anton Vidokle, artist/New York, Berlin: 
United Nations Plaza
6pm, german, exhibition space


Wednesday, October 18th 
Guided (Artist) Tour As Performance 
Warren Neidich, artist/New York, Berlin 
focus: Phenomen(a)logic Urbanism. An Ontotopologic Journey.
3pm and 6pm, engl., exhibition space


Wednesday October 18th – Saturday, October 21st
Book As Performance 
Seminar and Workshop
Nina Möntmann curator and writer/Hamburg & Jan Verwoert, art critic/Berlin: 
Art and Institutions. 
daily 10am-6pm, engl., Space04 and Space03


Friday, October 20th 
Subtle Environmental Influences on Mood, Sleep an Alertness 
Michael Terman, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York in a discussion with Anna Wirz-Justice, Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric University Clinics/Basel, Michael Lehofer, Med Uni/Graz and Colin Fournier, architect/London
5pm, engl. and german (simultaneous translation), Space04



with Michael Terman and Ann Wirz-Justice
3-4.30pm, engl., Space04


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