Shadows, darkness, pleasure and danger. The city at night contradicts everything modernity has taught us, which includes brightness, transparency and rationality. Yet, what would the city be without the night? Even the planned city gets out of control at night. Urban spaces both expand and shrink in the dark. Night has always constituted one of the most interesting facets of the oeuvre called city. The electrification of the 19th century put an end to darkness and tranquility in the nighttime streets, the 20th century metropolis downright invented nightlife, and to this day the night is more likely to promise adventure. Urbanity only becomes alluring as soon as darkness falls. Nights are there to celebrate and love, to sleep and work. At night we can do what by day would be exposed to the gaze of others. Under cover of darkness one can dream or do graffiti, change clothes or gender and lose oneself in states of intoxication. The night is harder to govern than daytime. It is the living environment of bohemians and shift workers alike, of vampires and ghosts, gangsters and revolutionaries (who always first shoot at the street lights).
Today, the allure of the big city night vanishes more and more. Even hidden corners are illumined by the ˮindirect lighting“ (Paul Virilio) of surveillance cameras, at the same time the rhythm of a sleepless 24/7 capitalism calls for around-the-clock work and consumption. Adventure becomes a staged event, and in the end even the big city‘s sea of lights is replaced with decorative lighting installations. Thus, the domestication of the night is imminent.
SUPERSTADT! 2016 spends one night devoted to spaces of undreamt-of possibilities, of dreams, fear and control all at once. Nighttime architectures such as clubs, caves and bedrooms will be made a subject of discussion, as will architectures made of artificial light or those dedicated more to death than life, meaning tombs, catacombs, cenotaphs and bunkers. Nocturnal animals will be discussed in earnest, vampires will be courted, the darkness celebrated, the clubbing raised to an acedemic level, and finally, there will also be experiments with sleep.
Curated by Architecture I Urbanism: Sabine Pollak, Anja Aichinger, Lars Moritz
The evening‘s host will be Otmar Wagner.
18:00 OPENING: R. Kannonier
18:15 SABINE POLLAK Basement, Tunnel, Cenotaph. Architecture Engulfed in Night
18:45 THOMAS MACHO Night of Love, Night of Fear
19:45 JÉRÔME BECKER+FLORIAN SAMMER+LUKAS VEJNIK Bedroom Exodus – Sleep in Motion
20:30 CATHARINE ROSSI Design at Night: Radical Disco
21:00 RAOUL KURVITZ Darkness, Darkness
21:15 SABINE KIENZER & GÄSTE “Blackout” – Blind Date with an Invisible Vis-à-Vis
22:30 SIEGRUN APPELT Darkness – Created By Light.
23:00 FAT Wearable
23:30 LARS MORITZ Vhere Vampires Dvell
00:00 WOLFGANG SCHLAG Night in the City. Work and Music in a Big City‘s Nighttime.
01:00 SUPERPARTY! DJ Synthe Kurt
The evening‘s host will be Otmar Wagner.
All program parts will take place in room EG. 14, with the exception of „Blackout“ (21:00–21:45, in room EG.16).
PASTA AS LONG AS THE NIGHT 18:00–00:00 | ground floor corridor
We will be making the world’s longest and blackest noodles, and eating from one single plate all night long. Pasta performance with self-made noodle factory. A night shift assembly line kitchen involving time and love.
EVERY NIGHT 18:00–04:00 | ground floor EG.17
II IIVIIII-IXIII IIITII IVII II IIO. An Installation by SUAG.
BEDROOM EXODUS 18:00–04:00 | ground floor EG.03
A catalog of sleeping situations outside the presumed norm, in the context of the research project Bedroom Exodus by Jérôme Becker, Florian Sammer and Lukas Vejnik.
THE DARK CHAMBER 21:45–22:30 | ground floor EG.14
Katrin Köppert‘s The Dark Chamber als an ecotecture of queer media culture in post-sexual times.
HOUSE OF HORROR 0:30–02:00 | basement K114+K115
The installation „House of Horror - Architecture That Gives the Creeps“ by st.ars* is located in the basement rooms K114+K115 and opens when the clock strikes midnight, witching hour.
Sabine Pollak | Architect, Urbanist, A
Sabine Pollak studied Architecture at TU Graz and Vienna, earned her PhD in 1995 and habilitated in the field of Housing in 2003. She runs the architectural office Köb&Pollak together with Roland Köb and works in the fields of urbanism, housing, architectural theory and gender studies. Sabine Pollak taught at TU Vienna, University of Salzburg, at Politecnico di Milano, Bauhaus Universität in Weimar, at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and University of Michigan/USA. She has been the director of the Department of Architecture I Urbanism at the University of Art and Design Linz since 2008.
Thomas Macho | Cultural Scientist, Philosopher, A
Thomas Macho studied Philosophy and Musicology at the University of Vienna, gained his doctorate with a dissertation in Musical Philosophy and habilitated in the field of Philosophy in 1984 with a habilitation thesis on „Metaphors for Death“. From 1986 to 1992 he was the head of the Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Stadtschlaining (Burgenland/A). From 1993 to 2016 he taught and did research as a professor of Cultural History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he also co-founded the interdisciplinary „Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques“. He has been the director of the Vienna-based „IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies“ since 2016.
Jérôme Becker+Florian Sammer+Lukas Vejnik | Architects, A
Bedroom Exodus is a project-specific research collective – initiated by Jerome Becker, Florian Sammer and Lukas Vejnik – focusing on sleep and its location. Essential to a spatial examination of the „activity of resting“ is the exchange with other disciplines like sociology, anthropology, sleep research and contemporary history. Through analyses of historical, sociocultural backgrounds and behavioral patterns, research aims at a critical review of current sleep practices, potential causes and an evaluation of the status quo, in order to formulate new scenarios and „speculations“ on altered sleeping habits in our globalized working world.
Catharine Rossi | Design Historian, UK
Dr. Catharine Rossi ist Designhistorikerin an der Kingston University in London. Sie war an den Forschungs- und Kuratierungsarbeiten für etliche internationale Ausstellungen beteiligt. Unter anderem kuratierte sie „Space Electronic: Then and Now“ bei der Architektur-Biennale von Venedig 2014 und ko-kuratierte 2015-2016 am ICA „Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975“. Zu ihren Veröffentlichungen zählen „Crafting Design in Italy: from postwar to postmodernism“ (MUP, 2015) und Beiträge in Publikationen und akademischen Zeitschriften, darunter das Journal of Design History und The Journal of Modern Craft, sowie in Magazinen wie Crafts, Disegno und Domus.
Raoul Kurvitz | Artist, Architect, EST
Raoul Kurvitz, born in Tallinn (Estonia) in 1961, studied Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts. As a freelance artist he works with painting, performance, installation, video, text and sound, frequently combining them into „total installations“. In 1985, together with Urmas Muru, he founded the group „Rühm T“, the most radical and innovative artist collective during the times of perestroika and the Estonian independence movement. The artist took part in many international exhibitions, representing, among other things, Estonia at the 1997 Venice Biennale together with Jaan Toomik and Siim-Tanel Annus. Kurvitz also teaches at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanistics at Tallinn University of Technology.
Sabine Kienzer & Gäste | Journalist, Culture Manager, A
Sabine Kienzer is a journalist and culture manager. Her projects include running the editorial office of „splace – kunstmagazin der Kunstuni Linz“ and the exhibition series „art & funktion“. She masterminded „schau – Kunstmagazin für Jugendliche“, a unique media project bringing together schools with artists and the Austrian museum art scene. She was chief editor of the ORF program series „donaudialog“, coordinator of „europa erlesen“ and project manager of the journalist network „Milena“, as well as the author of two diploma projects, „Taste the Difference – Sexismus und der Österr. Werberat“ and „ausgeliefert“ - the latter an art project at the interface between business and art that won her the Dachstein Cult Award.
Katrin Köppert | Queer Media Affect Theorist, D
Katrin Köppert studied Gender Studies and Modern German Literature at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, earning her PhD with a thesis on queer pain in vernacular photography post-war & pre-Stonewall. She was a fellow of the DFG Research Training Group „Gender as a Category of Knowledge“ at HU Berlin, Erasmus visiting fellow at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and DAAD – visiting fellow at the USC Dornsife College Los Angeles. She taught at the University of Siegen and HU Berlin. Since 2014 she has been a university assistant at the Department of Media Theories at the University of Art and Design Linz. She does research and teaches in the fields of queer-feminist and post-colonial media sciences, with focuses on popular and amateur culture, low theory, affect studies, micropolitics, and media ecologies.
Siegrun Appelt | Artist, A
In her work, Siegrun Appelt examines the reciprocal relationship of human perception and technological evolution. With her concept of Slow Light, which has marked her oeuvre since 2008, Appelt pursues a concrete goal: a process of rethinking across society as regards the handling of light and darkness. Her interest is in finding sustainable utilizations of new technologies, their aesthetic potential, and in what way our daily life, our behavior and our thinking are shaped by the presence of technology.
FAT | Fashion & Technology Students, A
The world of fashion is undergoing a radical change. Fashion is frequently manufactured under inhumane conditions, intended to be a disposable product. This notion of fashion in conjunction with technology quickly raises questions about privacy or ecology. Fashion & Technology, the new course of studies headed by Ute Ploier and Christiane Luible-Bär, understands technology as a catalyst for innovative and sustainable design solutions, and for alternative aesthetic concepts under the banner of tolerance.
Lars Moritz | Performance Artist, D/A
Lars Moritz is a performance artist and experimental urban researcher, and a university assistant at the Department of Architecture I Urbanism at the University of Art and Design Linz. Founder of the Institut für Alltagsforschung, inventor of the militant science of radical bionics, co-producer of the performative news journal AKTION AKTUELL and co-founder of irreality.tv, a production platform for interventionist television.
Wolfgang Schlag | Culture Editor, Curator, A
Wolfgang Schlag is a world music expert and music journalist, has worked for culture radio station Ö1 (Austrian Broadcasting Corp.) since 1987 and founded the Krems-based world music festival „Glatt und Verkehrt“. Since 1995 he has been active as a producer of numerous compilation CDs in the area of world music (Radio France, Rough Guide, etc.). In the Mozart year 2006, he oversaw a multitude of art projects within the framework of New Crowned Hope Festival. Currently the curator of „Into the City“, part of Vienna Festival.
Otmar Wagner | Performance Artist, Utopia Researcher, D/A
Otmar Wagner (b. 1966) studied Drama/Theater/Media at Giessen University, and Object Theatre at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Since 1992 he has been working as a freelance performance artist and utopia researcher. His current focus is on developing essay performances (a term he coined for particular forms of performative-actionist discourse) and multimedia concert performances – in which he addresses ‚mental territories that have to be sung‘. Besides this, he causes sensations with his up to 12 hour long marathon lecture performances on, for example, performance art or the history of guitar smashing.
Anja Aichinger | Architect, Graphic Designer, Coach, A
Anja Aichinger, born in St. Pölten in 1975, studied Architecture at Vienna University of Technology and at McGill University in Montreal. She has been running the office anais | architektur.grafik.farbdesign in Vienna since 2006 and teaches at the Linz University of Art‘s Department of Architecture I Urbanism, where she has been co-organizing the symposium SUPERSTADT! since 2009. The integration of creative and socio-communicative aspects into an interdisciplinary working method at the intersection of body, psyche and space constitutes the backbone of her multifaceted activities.
R&D | Stategists in Social, Political, Cultural and Societal Space, D/F/A
Since October 2014, the Space & Design Strategies study program has been under the direction of urban planner and indie urbanist Ton Matton. The team behind the former Master Class Metal, which consisted of senior artist Pepi Maier, head of workshop Herbert Winklehner and study program manager Gertraud Kliment as well as apprentice Magdalena Penz, was joined in December 2014 by Antoine Turillon and designer Corina Forthuber as university assistants. Together with their students, they have since been designing and devising social spatial models, culinary utopias and political strategies, always on the search for their own art and design statements to social issues.
st.ars* | Architecture Students, D/A
st.ars* are not only a great Canadian indie band, but also a temporary affiliation of people studying Architecture at the University of Art Linz. This year, st.ars* will turn the basement of the university building into a „House of Horror“. Their performative installation inspired by carnival attractions offers architecture that gives the creeps. Coordination: Anja Aichinger, architect, and Lars Moritz, performance artist, both working at the Department of Architecture I Urbanism of the University of Art and Design Linz.
SUAG |Architecture Students, Artists, D/A
SUAG, short for „Super-Arbeitsgemeinschaft“ (Awesome Working Group), came together in 2016 while studying at the University of Art Linz, where young/wild architects Costanza Coletti, Anna Firak and Elvira Kinzner started finding their voice in performative and artistic installations. Employing playful subversiveness and embarrassing rebellion, SUAG explores the boundaries of one‘s own everyday comfort zone. Their installations appeal to all those affected by social constraints and people with a stick up their rectum.
UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN LINZ Institute for Space and Design \\ Architecture | Urbanism
Anja Aichinger, Lars Moritz, Hannah Buschek, Katja Puschnik
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Oberösterreich und Salzburg