public art
Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية⁩


mobile sound cabinet

Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner

September 2021

Venue: at various bike-parks in the 2nd district of Vienna

Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner, "Curiosity Cabinet", BANAL COMPLEXITIES تعقيدات عادية, September 2021 © Markus Hiesleitner, philomena+

Malek Gnaoui & Markus Hiesleitner will create a “Wunderkammer” (Cabinet of Curiosities). Instead of housing exotic objects, it will house a collection of the most diverse “sound donations” from the residents of Vienna’s 2nd district. The “Wunderkammer” will be in the form of a bike trailer, it will be placed at various strategic points around Praterstern. Passers-by will be invited to take a seat and to immerse themselves in a colourful bouquet of sounds and voices.

“Cabinet of Curiosities” is part of the project “Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية”, a series of 4 collaborative art interventions in public space curated and realised by philomena+ between Praterstern and Volkertplatz from March to September 2021.


*1983 in Gabes, lives and works in Tunis) studied ceramics at the École d'art et design de Tunis and at the Centre National des Arts Ceramiques Sidi Kacem Jellizi. Using video reportage,ceramics, installation, sound or performance, Malek Gnaoui deals with sensitive questions about social conditions and the concept of "human sacrifice" in all its forms.


(*1981 in Lower Austria, lives and works in Vienna) studied sculpture and performing arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Today Markus Hiesleitner is primarily present through ecologically-motivated projects. Organic materials are often at the centre of his artistic work, as is the careful use of environmental resources. In his function as co-operator of the artist-run space Kulturdrogerie in Vienna's 18th district, he also offers other artists space in his "universe of thought and experimentation".

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