news

 

STAYING HOME, BUT HOW ?

19/02 – 05/03/2021

CAUD طراحان کالبدی معاصر, Challenge Studio استودیو چلن, Daneshgar architects, einszueins architecture, Logical Process Office فرایند منطقی, Metamorphosis Method شیوه دگردیس, PPAG architects, querkraft architects 

curated by Negar Hakim and MaanMemar (Elham Geramizadeh & Ehsaan Hosseini)

Opening Hours: Thu, Fri 3 – 7 pm, Sat 11 – 2 pm
Admission only individually with FFP2 mask!

philomena+ front garden and project room, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

In the context of the COVID-19 virus, similar measures have been implemented worldwide to prevent the further spread of the virus. It is a far-reaching crisis which also heavily impacts our living spaces and, as a consequence, alters our perception or rather our needs and requirements for what we consider “home”. There is a sudden change in significance and value of space and its qualities. The function of spatial mobility, natural daylight, tranquillity, a balcony or a terrace, a kitchen, but also the layout of (outdoor) spaces acquires a new meaning. How are we going to approach it?

The exhibition “Staying Home, But How?” addresses the question of what or rather how we can learn from the COVID-19 crisis, especially in terms of architecture. A glance at architectural history shows that epidemics, crises and catastrophes have had an impact on urban planning and architecture time and time again. Is this to be expected from the COVID-19 pandemic as well? How helpful and important would a global exchange to find innovative solutions to a worldwide problem be at this very specific time? Following recent experiences, what does the population wish for the architectural future? In all these complex decisions, the question must be asked, what role politics, architects and occupants have to take on.

philomena+ has chosen Vienna, in the centre of Europe, and Isfahan, in West Asia – with both cities’ historical city centres inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – as representative places for the research and exchange for this exhibition, which will travel from Vienna to Isfahan. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with further contributions from  Ian Banerjee, Negar Hakim, Barbara Holub/Paul Rajakovics, Mohamad Mohamadzadeh, PPAG architects, Ida Pirstinger, Peter Reischer, Robert Temel.

 

 

BANAL COMPLEXITIES  تعقيدات  عادية
collaborative interventions around Praterstern
08/03 – 30/09/2021 

Oscar Cueto & Bassem Yousri, Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner, Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual, Margareta Klose & Nourhan Maayouf 

curated by Christine Bruckbauer and Aline Lenzhofer

Taking everyday practices as a starting point, the art project “Banal Complexities تعقيدات عادية” dives into complex socio-political issues such as social inequalities, sexuality, religious rituals, or civil disobedience. 
Through public art interventions four newly formed intercultural artist-duos open up safe zones, where encounters and discussions will take place between artists, passers-by and residents in the second district of Vienna.