12th to 19th of September 2018, 5.00 – 7.00 pm
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

For eight evenings in a row Yesmine Ben Khelil invites the public to her studio, where she lives and works during her residency program with philomena+. Interested people are invited to meet and watch her at work while preparing for Parallel Vienna.
Through questioning the image Yesmine Ben Khelil tries to evoke the reality, assuming that the only certainty of reality uncertainty and non-sense is. With the goal of overcoming clichés, she develops a world of speculative characters gained from archives and internet research. By processing the pictures with ink, crayon, pastel or other techniques, she questions the reality or truth of what is depicted.
Born in 1986 in Tunis, Yesmine Ben Khelil now lives and works there as well. She holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Art Studies from the Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Her solo exhibitions include „History of Haunting“ in Escalier B, Bordeaux (2016) and „The Universe is Expanding“ at the Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis (2016). Her works were presented at the Dakar Biennale (2016) and at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris (2016).
In collaboration with La Boite un lieu d’art contemporain, Tunis 




Round table discussion with Yesmine Ben Khelil, Manaf Halbouni, Irena Eden and Stijn Lernout about expectations, experiences, and possible benefits of artist residencies
Friday, 14th of September 2018, 6.00 – 8.30 pm
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

As global networking progresses, artist-in-residence programs are becoming increasingly widespread. They offer the possibility of working in a fresh environment, making new contacts, and facilitate cultural exchange. In September 2018 Manaf Halbouni (AIR KulturKontakt) and Yesmine Ben Khelil (AIR philomena+) will come to Vienna as artists in residence. While Manaf Halbouni left his native country Syria ten years ago, Yesmine Ben Khelil lives and works in Tunisia. Their different starting situations are complemented by the position of the artist duo Irena Eden and Stijn Lernout, who live in Austria and have participated in multiple residency programs.
This event is organized in cooperation KulturKontakt Austria Federal Chancellery of Austria.
Language of the event: English





public art: 

Charbagh (four gardens)

The philomena+ front garden will be open until Nov. 30th, 2018

Venue: on the pavement in front of philomena+ project room
Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna, Austria

Concept: Hosna Pourhashemi
Artistic implementation: Ahoo Maher and Emanuel Jesse

The garden project was carried out in cooperation with Grätzloase and Garteln um Eck. Eternit Austria generously provided the five-piece Lounge Dune by Viennese designer Rainer Mutsch. 

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public art: 

Omid Darvish & Sarvin Hazin – Open Music Workshop

Omid Darvish & Sarvin Hazin, „Open Music Workshop“, photo: Abdulrab Habibyar

12.06 – 03.07.2018 2018, every Tuesday and Friday 5 – 7 pm

Opening Concert: Tuesday, 12.06.2018, 6 pm

at the foot of the Admiral Tegetthoff Monument at Praterstern 

With the sounds, melodies and rhythms created by Omid Darvish and Sarvin Hazin the Vienna Praterstern becomes a place of listening and dreaming, captivating both those who linger and those who pass by. On one hand these sounds can sound exotic as they differ greatly from classic European music. On the other hand they may also evoke a sense of home among those who are familiar with this type of music. Over a period of four weeks the two musicians will come to Vienna Praterstern, roll out a carpet and play on their traditional string instruments such as the Kamancheh and the Tanbur. Passers-by and other visitors are cordially invited to join in, sing along and participate in this transcultural musical performance.
Omid Darvish and Sarvin Hazin were both born in Tehran. Sarvin Hazin is currently studying violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and performs the violin and the Kamancheh in different orchestras and musical ensembles. Omid Darvish learned to play the Tanbur and traditional singing back in Iran. In Austria he pursued Jazz singing. Both are part of the Kurdophone Ensemble, which was founded in 2017 by Omid Darvish and brings ancient Kurdish melodies and Western aspects into harmony. Read more: 

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art: 

Martina Tritthart – durch gehend

Martina Tritthart, „durch gehend“, photo: Martina Tritthart

Premiere: 28/06/2018, 10 pm
28/06 – 30/06/2018, 10 – 12pm

Passage from the western Praterstern to the main avenue between Segaway Fleet and Asia Green Restaurant, Praterstern

‘durch gehend’ is a light intervention designed by Martina Tritthart for the passageway at Vienna’s Praterstern leading to Prater Hauptallee. With her poetic light work, the artist wants to defuse the queasy feeling that this location may cause. For some this short dark alley may even be seen as an unsettling and scary place of fear. Antagonizing this, Tritthart wants to create a positive experience among the pedestrians at this site.
Born in Graz the Viennese artist Martina Tritthart has been researching sensual exploration and spatial perception in connection with light as a medium. Besides scientific backgrounds, aspects of phenomenological philosophy and areal awareness are of great interest to her.
Inside the underpass at Praterstern Martina Tritthart projects two overlapping animated visual levels, containing animated words and shapes. The texts refer on the one hand to the current situation – as it is experienced and described – on Praterstern, and on the other hand, reflect moods and feelings of visitors.
Separately they only become readable through shadows, generated by those who pass by.
The play with the light always results in new text-shape combinations. The existing space is permanently reconstituted through the participants and makes them simultaneously recipients and also an integrative part of the new formations.
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curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art:

Patrick Timm – Hafenmeisterei
Artist Talk

Patrick Timm at work at Praterstern, photo: Abdulrab Habibyar

Tuesday, 12.06.2018, 5 pm

at the foot of the Admiral Tegetthoff Monument at Praterstern

The artist Patrick Timm presents his research results. Since May 15 he has occupied daily his art research ship Hafenmeisterei, which lies at anchor at the foot of the Tegetthoff monument. During this time he dealt with the Praterstern as a ‚place of transit‘, did research on Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff and entered into dialogue with people passing by.

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art:

Patrick Timm – Hafenmeisterei

The „Hafernmeisterei“ leaves the shipyard, photo: Abdulrab Habibyar


Ceremonial Ship Launching:
Tuesday, 15.05.2018, 5:45 pm

Duration of the intervention:
15.05. – 13.06.2018
daily occupied from 2 –7 pm, by the artist

at the foot of the Admiral Tegetthoff Monument at Praterstern 

With the work of visual artist Patrick Timm, the project Prater Stern Stunden enters its second round. By conducting months of research and multiple research trips, he approached aspects of the Praterstern, especially Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, to whom a monument is dedicated there. He found out that the admiral of the Austrian navy defended his homeland Schleswig-Holstein during the naval battle of Helgoland in the 19th century. This reflects the interconnectedness of Austrian-German history.

Patrick Timm combines the idea of the rise of sea level giving Austria access to sea, with the emergence of a new traffic component at the Praterstern. His project takes place in the form of an art research ship, the „KFS Hafenmeister“, which will moor at the Praterstern. From the 15th of May to the 13th of June 2018 this mobile art studio will be occupied by the artist daily from 2 pm to 7 pm. Patrick Timm interacts with the passers-by and with the place itself. On the outer and inner walls of the „KFS Hafenmeister“ he shows works that are being created on site. On every second day there is a presentation or an interactive happening. His works, happenings and performances have an open ending. Read more: 

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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book launch and symposium:

New Space: Movement and Experience 

07/05 – 09/05/2018,  Kuppelsaal TU Wien

The 21st century has seen the emergence of a new generation of Iranian architects who are now beginning to attract attention on an international scale. Contemporary Iranian Architects, showcases fourteen of Iran’s significant architectural studios, along with a selection of their most innovative projects.

architects: Arsh [4D] Studio | Bracket Design Studio | Diba Tensile Architecture | EBA [M]+[C] FEA Studio | Fluid Motion Architects | Habibeh Madjdabadi | Hooba Design Group | KRDS | Kelyas Kavir Architectural Group | L.E.D Architects | Logical Process Office | Nextoffice | Padiv Parth Architects | ReNa Design | TDC | USE Studio | ZAV Architects | BWM Architekten |Hertl.Architekten | Franz&Sue | PPAG architects

editor: Negar Hakim 



public art:

Markus Hofer – Polizei

Season opening:
Tuesday, 24.04.2018, 2 – 4 pm

Other performances :
Tue, 08.05.2018, 2-4 pm
Tue, 15.05.2018, 2-4 pm
Tue, 22.05.2018, 2-4 pm
Tue, 29.05.2018, 2-4 pm

former police pavilion at Praterstern

From April to July 2018 philomena+ is realizing a series of artistic interventions at the Praterstern in Vienna. The interventions are created with an emphasis on location and participation and aim to turn visions and dream images of an inhospitable place into reality.   

The artist Markus Hofer starts this series with the project „PolizeiS“ (a pun with the German words of police and ice cream). In general, his artistic works are based on familiar, everyday items and materials, altering their original functions by minimal manipulation and thus providing them with new levels of meaning.
In the scope of Prater Stern Stunden, Markus Hofer designed the first PolizeiS stall with its own PolizeiS flavors, distributed to the public for tasting. By adding a single letter at the end of the police logo, the law enforcement organization is given an ice-cold and at the same time sweet component. In addition to the association of the police force with security and a state of alert, new sensual associations arise such as refreshment and pleasure of eating ice cream. Read more: 

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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Preview PRATER STERN STUNDEN artistic interventions at Praterstern
16/02 – 22/04/2018

exhibition venue: philomena+ project room, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna
opening hours: Th, Fr 2pm – 7pm and Sa 10am – 3pm,
or by arrangement +43-(0)664/1431453

In spring and summer 2018 philomena+ realizes a series of artistic interventions at the Vienna Praterstern. 
The exhibition at philomena+ project room offers a preview of the site-specifically conceived projects which aim to make utopias and dreams at an inhospitable place true, even if it’s just for a short period of time.   


curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
photographer: Abdulrab Habibyar

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ATTOKOUSSY الطقوسي (Part II)
Mohammed Laouli, Hassad al Houb / Labour of Love (11/16 – 11/30/2017)

Mohammed Laouli, << Attokoussy: Hassad al Houb / Labour of Love >>, 2017 video and perfume installation, courtesy of the artist and Le Cube, Rabat


produced by hinterland, Vienna and Le Cube, Rabat            Opening: Thursday, 16th of November, 2017, 10am (coffee&cake)      Introduction: Elisabeth Piskernik, Le Cube, Rabat, Morocco

venue: philomena+ showcase, Heinestraße 40/7, 1020 Vienna, +43(0)664-1431453

Attokoussy is part of the Vienna Art Week 2017.



Demanding the Impossible at Unexpected Turns (10/4 – 10/27/2017) 

Thaer Maarouf „Dirty Messages“, mixed media, 2017  


curated by Gülsen Bal and Walter Seidl
produced by open space. 

opening hours: Friday and Saturday 1pm – 6pm and viewing is

available by appointment only for the rest of the weekdays. Admission free

venue: philomena+ project room, Heinestraße 40/7, 1020 Vienna, Austria, +43-(0)-664/1431453



philomena+ is pleased to announce its participation at the Parallel Vienna 2017 and to present the exhibition:
Harraga     حراقة  >>

Algerian Arabic for „those who burn“ (the frontiers). Harragas are persons who run ashore.

Sahar Bardaie (IRA)
Yesmine Ben Khalil (TUN)
Armin Mohsen Daneshgar (AUT/IRA)
Patricia K.Triki (TUN)
Hela Lamine (TUN) 
Rania Werda (TUN)
Wolfgang Wirth (AUT)10th floor, Room 1001
09/19 – 09/24/2017

Schnirchgasse 9A
A-1030 Wien
Opening Hours:
Tue 09/19 1pm-10pm
Wed 09/20 3pm-11pm Fair Night
Thu 09/21 12am-8pm
Fri 09/22 12am-8pm
Sat 09/23 11am-7pm
Sun 09/24 11am-7pm




public screening:


philomena+ invites VIDEONOMAD for an open-air screening on the Volkertmarkt in the 2nd district of Vienna, Saturday, Sep.2nd, 2017, 8pm.

VIDEONOMAD founder Tobi Ayedadjou (BEN/DEU) and the artist Mara Niang (SEN/AUT) will be present at the evening and would be happy to answer questions from the audience.

selected videos:

Younes Baba-Ali (MAR), Moroccan Anthem, 2′ 12“
Mara Niang (SEN/AUT), Save the people, 4′ 4“
Jeannette Ehlers (DEN), How Do You Talk About Three Hundred Years In Four Min., 4′
Chris Saint Martin (USA): Carrera, 5′ 16“
Lerato Shadi (ZAF/DEU): Matsogo, 5′

Everyone is welcome !
Free entrance !



artist talk:  

Art historian Dr. Negar Hakim talks with the photographer Josef Polleross about the architecture and decay in Iran.


Hinterland im Spetakel, Hamburgerstraße 14, 1060 Vienna             Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 7 pm