Opening: July 18, 2012, 8 p.m.
The “Modes of Address” exhibitions will present the results of the “ORTung 2011” artist symposium organized in Strobl every year by the state of Salzburg.
The relation between art, the site respectively the context of its production and presentation, as well as its public/beholder is a question inherent to art, and it has demanded increased attention since the 1960s at the latest. Artistic approaches, sites and possible modes of address and reference have been constantly re-defined, spaces for agency have been tested and extended.
Who is it, art is first and foremost addressed to, and how, in which way does this take place?
Does art primarily aim for the small international art scene, the “generic” beholder, a local public or a specific community? Which possible modes of reference to site and context are thinkable, which forms of interaction, involvement and participation can be developed?
These considerations gain special agency in the context of an Artists in Residence program
such as the ORTung where seven international artists are invited every year to spend two weeks in the rural regions of the state of Salzburg, Austria. Whether the relative context and its inhabitants become the material of artistic intervention or whether they turn into co-agents: this varies from art project to art project; similarly, there is a wide array of possible forms of involvement and participation, be it collective actions following an artist’s choreography, be it incidentally induced interactions or be it artistic projects which set stage for models of participatory and communicative structures.
Following Michael Warner’s influential book
Publics and Counterpublics (New York, 2002) one could also speak of various “Modes of Address.” The ORTung 2011 was dedicated to this topic and in doing so rendered itself into a testing field for different forms of artistic address and involvement.
Artists: Christian Falsnaes, Deniz Gül,
Kathi Hofer, Christophe Katrib, Andrea Knobloch, Annelies Senfter, Anna Witt