PRATER STERN STUNDEN
artistic interventions at Praterstern 24/04 – 5/07/2018
artists: MARKUS HOFER, PATRICK TIMM, RAHI SINAKI, TANJA BOUKAL
photographer: Abdulrab Habibyar
curated by Christine Bruckbauer
assisted by Aline Lenzhofer
With around 200,000 people passing through everyday in order to take the bus, tram, subway or train, Praterstern is one of the most important transit points in Vienna. However rather than just being a hotspot for transportation, it is also an abode for marginalized groups of people such as the homeless or victims of drug abuse, making the Praterstern hit newspaper headlines with mainly negative issues.
In spring and summer 2018 philomena+ realises a series of artistic interventions in this particular public space. By reflecting critically on the problematic issues mentioned above, the Praterstern will be reinvented through four artistic interventions. Even though the approaches and disciplines are diverse, all participating artists work on socially engaged artworks for the users of the Praterstern. The aim is to conceive projects which will make utopias and dreams at an inhospitable place true. Even if it’s just for a short period of time.
MARKUS HOFER – PolizeiS, 2018 sculptural intervention at Praterstern, 24/04 – 31/05/2018 Inauguration: 24/04/2018, 2 pm
The art work of the sculptor Markus Hofer are based on familiar, everyday items and materials, which are removed from their original functions through minimal manipulation and they take on new levels of meaning. His interventions in public space are usually very spontaneous, often implemented with little effort, which change the location of the event and focus the view on seemingly insignificant situations. They are intended to irritate the passers-by and put places, which are often not regarded as important, at the centre of attention. These interventions of a sculptural nature are additions that often disappear as quickly as they emerged. Markus Hofer was born in 1977 in Haslach in Upper Austria and studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts with Bruno Gironcoli. He lives and works in Vienna. He designed a PolizeiS (a pun of the German words for police and ice cream) stand with its own PolizeiS flavours for the Prater Stern Stunden project.
The future Hundertwasser Cruise Centre, the Passenger Ship Terminal of Vienna Transdanubia, will provide the Praterstern with a further transportation component. In his works, the artist Patrick Timm, who comes from the port city of Hamburg, questions the themes of ‚phasing out‘, ‘departure’, the yearning for distant lands and at the same time ‚entering port’ as synonyms for ‘arrival’ and ‘new beginning’. A harbour master office will be built for the implementation and it will serve the artist as a research station which will be manned daily between 2 pm and 8 pm over a period of four weeks.
Patrick Timm was born in Pinneberg near Hamburg in 1979. He first obtained a masters certificate in roof carpentry before enrolling at the Art Academy in Weißensee in Berlin. Patrick Timm works site-specific, deals with the found environment and develops his artistic works on the basis of research results. His work offers utopias, presents visionary scenarios and makes suggestions for positive changes.
With Rahi Sinaki’s tones, melodies and rhythms, the Vienna Praterstern becomes a place of listening and dreaming, captivating both those who linger and those who pass by. On the one hand, these melodies and rhythms can sound unfamiliar, as they differ greatly from classical European music, but on the other hand they can also evoke a sense of home among those who are familiar with the sounds. Over a period of four weeks Rahi Sinaki will come to the Vienna Praterstern at the same time, roll out a carpet and play on the Tar (Persian long-necked lute). Passers-by and other visitors are cordially invited to join in, sing along and participate in this musical intercultural performance.
Rahi Sinaki was born in Teheran (Iran) in 1987. He received his first lessons on the Tar at the age of five from his father. After studying music at the University of Tehran, he studied composition at the Bruckner Private University in Linz and at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. He now plays in renowned concert halls and performs at international music festivals. Today he lives between Tehran and Vienna.
Tanja Boukal’s art work reflects on politically highly charged places. These ‘mooring areas’ often take on a decisive role in peoples futures and become; places from where new hurdles have to be overcome, places that stop their journey, and places whose names evoke different associations.
Tanja Boukal’s artistic exploration goes far beyond the usual research, as the Viennese artist’s own presence, direct contact and cooperation with the people concerned are of great importance to her. The visualization of her research results is broad and diverse.
At Praterstern, Tanja Boukal makes the mental picture of boundless Viennese hospitality come true for a short period of time. At night a Viennese coffee house rises out of the ground and stays open for four hours. And the best thing is: ALL are invited!
Tanja Boukal was born in 1976 in Vienna where she lives and works today.
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philomena+ organizes a preview at philomena+ project room which gives a first insight into the artistic projects by Tanja Boukal, Markus Hofer, Rahi Sinaki and Patrick Timm.
exhibition opening: Thursday, 15th of February 2018, 6pm
duration of exhibition: 16/02 – 22/04/2018
opening hours: Thursday and Friday 2pm – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm
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