Under the title Korrespondenzen, current socio-political topics are dealt with - varying from year to year - and located in practical implementation and artistic-theoretical situations. The Korrespondenzen react to worldwide political events and conditions and are thus situated in the focal points of the center. In particular, the potential of the urban space of Graz is taken up and made visible. The final result of the Korrespondenzen can take on various forms and be presented in the form of a discussion evening, a performance or a participatory art project, in the sense of Relational Aesthetics.
The Center of Contemporary Art is concerned, both with the Dialoge and the Korrespondenzen, to consider artistic perceptions and comments on current phenomena as a genuine contribution to the study of our culture.
Korrespondenzen I: Art – Environmental Justice – Sustainability
The first event of Korrespondenzen, Korrespondenzen I: Art - Environmental Justice – Sustainability, is held by the Center of Contemporary Art as a four-day festival at the Kunsthaus Graz. Here, artists and theorists will address interdisciplinary specific issues and work on them.
The exploration of the social dimension of art is the focus of the first series of the Korrespondenzen. The need to act with regard to our environment was recently emphasized by the young climate activist Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos and is also the focus of this year's Korrespondenzen - in the sense of taking joint, interdisciplinary action. With the themes of political responsibility, ecology, environmental justice and sustainability, the series of events explicitly refers to the long-standing project Naturally Hypernatural, which since its beginning in 2014 has been organizing regular international symposia in successful cooperation between the Institute of Art History of the University of Graz (Sabine Flach) and the School for Visual Arts, New York (Suzanne Anker). These symposia deal with different concepts of nature in modern and contemporary art and culture in different orientations and focuses.
The Korrespondenzen I deal with environmental justice and sustainable action - subject areas that will provide important impulses for the general public, especially in Styria, the “green heart of Austria”.
WHEN: 8th-11th of december 2021
WHERE: Kunsthaus Graz, Space04