Th 20.9.2007 - Sa 20.10.2007


Kunsthalle Exnergasse




Artists: Ursula Biemann, Tue Greenfort, Anne König/ Jan Wenzel/ Jan Caspers/ Alexander Hempel, Kristina Leko, René Lück, Lars Mathisen, Ariane Müller, Nils Norman, Dan Peterman, Aasa Sonjasdotter, Simon Starling, Ingo Vetter
Curators: Sophie Goltz und Vera Tollmann

Comprehensive Offerings
Ever since the publication of the latest report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this year, the topic of "sustainable development" - hitherto more pertinent to the nineties - has been brought to the attention of politicians and news agencies once again. An entire industry of fear feeds off it - as is evident e.g. from the response to the Hollywood blockbuster, "The Day After Tomorrow", which has become a synonym of ecological disasters.

In the contemporary art discourses on display, the dominance of resource management and modernization strategies within western debates around sustainability is met for the most part with a critical, destructive or ironic approach, thus avoiding an overly moralistic impetus. What then has remained of the concept of "sustainable development", the promise of salvation through technological innovation and instrumental reason? The artistic contributions to this exhibition investigate patterns of perception and evaluation as well as possibilities for action and establish the impossibility of this "meta-narrative".

The exhibition is supported by Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Art; lebensministerium.at; Academy of Fine Arts/Umea University; bm:ukk, wien kultur. 
Media co-operation with Biorama, magazine for sustainable lifestyle.