public art

philomena+ goes Hauptbahnhof Wien

Michael Baumgartner & Omid Darvish
09/10/ – 11/10/2019

mirror sculpture by Michael Baumgartner, visual artist
performer: Omid Darvish, singer
sound design: Reza Tavakoli
curated by Christine Bruckbauer, philomena+

venue: Hauptbahnhof Wien, main hall, at the entrance from the Südtirolerplatz

performances: daily at 8:30 am  and 4:30 am

In order to facilitate the encounter between strangers, Michael Baumgartner has been creating interactive mirror sculptures for some years.
On three days in October 2019 the sculpture GoGo! will be placed in the hall of the Hauptbahnhof Wien and Omid Darvish will give a performance by standing in it. The strong voice of the Iranian-Kurdish singer will improvise to the hurrying of the rushing people and the soundscape of the train station. Travellers are invited to approach and step on a little platform behind the performer. Through a little window the spectators’s gaze is directed through a sophisticated array of mirrors, scans the moving body and finally looks into the eyes of the performer. This generates a surprising closeness between two persons, who do not know each other yet.

Michael Baumgartner was born in Krems an der Donau in 1963, grew up in the Waldviertel, lives and works in Vienna. He graduated in sculpture with Bruno Gironcoli at the Academy of Fine Arts, after studies of architecture, stage setting and film design.

Born in Tehran in 1989, Omid Darvish began his musical education at the age of ten. He learned the instrument Tanbur with Yahya Ranaei and classical Iranian vocals with Ali Khodaei, in Vienna he took jazz singing lessons with Martina Petz. In 2017 he founded the ensemble Kurdophone, which brings Kurdish melodies and Western influences into a musical unity. 






OSCAR CUETO „The Right to be Lazy“

Opening: Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 7pm
Venue: front garden of philomena+
Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna, Austria

Oscar Cueto (born in 1976 in Mexico-City, lives and works in Vienna) creates with five red hammocks a resting and relaxation zone on the wide pavement in front of the philomena+ project space. With the title he refers to Paul Lafargue, who draws attention to „The Right to be Lazy“ in a workaholic, industrialized society. The star-shaped arrangement around a light pole and the red colour of the installation refers to the flower to which Oscar Cueto has dedicated a two-year research project.  



ALAA ABU ASAD   #1 The Assembly
Plant’s observation in the urban sphere
06/04 – 31/07/2019

Alaa Abu Asad, Japanese knotweed (fallopian japonica) 8881 km, 2019

Story telling: 5 June 2019, 6pm
special guests: Oscar Cueto (artist), Barbara Knickmann (botanical garden, university Vienna), Michael Kozelek (head of department of tree nursery in the Augarten), Brigitte Neubacher (gardener of wild plants, Strombad Kritzendorf)

Venue: front garden of philomena+ 
Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna, Austria

People are invited to look at what doesn’t pretend to be yet another controlled little ‘garden’ on the sidewalk in front of philomena+, where wild and invasive/exotic plants will be put and can grow as they wish.

Through these plants, notions around the history of their migration and later consequences on their environment will be addressed. And as people continually move, together with their plants, they are also invited to bring their own plant and tell its story.




CHARBAGHS (Four Gardens)
25/06 – 31/10/2018

Venue: on the pavement in front of philomena+ projectroom
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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artistic interventions at Praterstern
24/04 – 05/07/2018

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+ realised a series of artistic interventions in this particular public space. By reflecting critically on the problematic issues mentioned above, the Praterstern has been reinvented through four artistic interventions. Even though the approaches and discipline
s are diverse, all participating artists worked on socially engaged artworks for the users of the Praterstern. The aim was to conceive projects which would make utopias and dreams at an inhospitable place true. 


MARKUS HOFER – PolizeiS, 2018 sculptural intervention at Praterstern, 24/04 – 31/05/2018  

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.


PATRICK TIMM – Hafenmeisterei (Harbour Master), 2014-2018, mixed media, site-specific installation 15/05 – 13/06/2018

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.


OMID DARVISH & SARVIN HAZIN – Open Music Workshop, 2018, interactive music performance, 12/06 – 03/07/2018, every Tuesday and Friday from 5 – 7 pm 

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.


MARTINA TRITTHART – durch gehend, 2018, light installation, 28/06 – 30/06/2018, 10 pm – 12 pm

‘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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Public Screening: VIDEONOMAD AM VOLKERTMARKT (09/02/2017)






philomena+ invited 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) were present at the evening and 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 was welcome !

Free entrance !