Anne Glassner & Gagik Arshàk

07/06 – 27/07/2024

curated by Aline Lenzhofer & Christine Bruckbauer


Opening: Thursday, June 06, 2024, 7 pm
with a collaborative performance by Anne Glassner & Gagik Arshàk

Venue: philomena+ project room, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna


Karapet puppet theater shows by Gagik Arshàk

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 4pm, in the public space at Volkertmarkt

Thursday, July 04, 2024, 4pm, in the public space at Venediger Au


Presentation of the school project “Wer bin ich als Karapet?” in collaboration with the class 2B of the BAFEP Sacré Coeur Pressbaum and Elisabeth Schafzahl: Wednesday, June, 26, 2024, noon


Dream-Residency by Anne Glassner

Monday, July 22 –  Friday, July 25, 2024

Gagik Arshàk & Anne Glassner, The Dreamer & Karapet, 2024, photo: Toqa Eissa

With the project Traumspeisekammer, Anne Glassner, and Gagik Arshàk open up a world full of flavorful childhood memories. Anne Glassner grew up in a farmhouse in the Waldviertel, while Gagik Arshàk spent the first years of his life in his grandparents’ house in Armenia. In both houses was a pantry in the coolest, northernmost wing. This place had a special meaning for the artists and now became a projection surface for the project.

As a multi-sensory installation, the exhibition invites visitors to explore dreams, memories and their various preservation methods in jars, drawers, and shelves. Traditional Armenian elements blur with Austrian ones, remembered fragments of real events melt with those of dreams. 

The journey begins with the opening performance: the dreamer (Anne Glassner) enters Traumspeisekammer and Karapet from Armenia (Gagik Arshàk) is there to help the Dreamer find memories that she never knew she had.



(*1984 in Waldviertel) is a visual artist and performer based in Vienna, Austria. Her performances, videos, installations and drawings deal with intensive observations of recurring, everyday acts. The theme of sleep has been a central point of her artisticwork for some time now, which she expresses, amongst other ways, through “sleep performances“, in which she allows others to observe her sleeping in unusual places. In her works she blurs the boundaries between art and life as well as fiction and reality, and she raises questions concerning selfperception and external perception as well as the intersections of the private and the public.


(*1992 in post-Soviet Armenia) is a theatre and film artist with bases in Washington DC, Yerevan and Vienna. A descendent of architects, artists, and philologues, Gagik Arshàk has spent his life distilling both his inherited and learned art into its essential function. Uninterested in form, with a particular distaste in the invisible yet powerful line between the audience and the stage, his latest project, founded in Vienna, “The Karapet Theater Tradition” is his particular interpretation of ancient and contemporary theatre. After a long sleep of decades, if not centuries, the ancient Armenian folk figure Karapet has once again found the need to convey messages, common sense, principles; utopist or realistic, avoiding indoctrinations, ideologies, flags, dogmatism, and modern establishment semiotics as it has only to deal with the human being and all its positive potential.

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