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/ecm diskurs 40: Learning from Shadow Libraries


Freitag, 8. November 2019, 19.00 Uhr
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, Flux 1
1030 Wien

Vortrag: Cornelia Sollfrank, Artist, Researcher and University Lecturer, Berlin
Moderation: Martina Griesser, /ecm Leitungsteam

In her talk Cornelia Sollfrank will give an introduction to the idea of "shadow libraries“ in general and put a special emphasis on digital archival projects that have been initiated by artists. While these artistic shadow libraries all provide functional solutions to problems of access and preservation, they can also be discussed as discursive projects that address a variety of problems in times of increasing enclosures.

Cornelia Sollfrank (PhD) is an artist, researcher and university lecturer, living in Berlin (Germany). Recurring subjects in her artistic and academic work in and about digital cultures are artistic infrastructures, new forms of (political) self-organization, authorship and intellectual property, techno-feminist practice and theory. She was co-founder of the collectives women-and-technology, -Innen and old boys network, and currently is research associate at the University of the Arts in Zürich for the project ‘Creating Commons’. Her recent book Die schönen Kriegerinnen. Technofeministische Praxis im 21. Jahrhundert was published in August 2018 with transversal texts, Vienna. For more information, pls visit:

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/ecm diskurs 41: Gegenöffentlichkeit organisieren. Kritisches Management im Kuratieren


Thursday, 21 November 2019, 18:00
Book Launch as part of Vienna Art Week
Volkskundemuseum Wien
Laudongasse 15–19, 1080 Wien

Welcome address: Barbara Putz-Plecko (Vice Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna) and Matthias Beitl (Director of the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art)
A conversation with Ivet Ćurlin (WHW, Director of Kunsthalle Wien) Nora Sternfeld (documenta Professor at Kunsthochschule Kassel and  /ecm-director team, Vienna) and Lorena Vicini (researcher, Sao Paulo and documenta Studien Kassel)
Isa Rosenberger (artist, Vienna) on the art installation
Moderation: Beatrice Jaschke (/ecm-director team, Vienna)

Gegenöffentlichkeit organisieren. Kritisches Management im Kuratieren
Eds. Matthias Beitl, Beatrice Jaschke, Nora Sternfeld
Edition Angewandte, de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2019

Over the past 20 years, economic criteria and considerations have gained increasing significance in the exhibition world, affecting organizational forms, production conditions, and decision-making processes. Today more than ever, economic concerns determine how institutions act, what they collect and show, how they present themselves, and how we imagine them. In reaction to this, a critical discourse developed in the 1990s that analysed power relationships and logics of value determination. In the meantime, widespread interest has arisen in the practical question of how the criticism of economic dominance of public institutions could have concrete, practical consequences within those institutions: How could museums and exhibiting organizations be organized differently? And how do we want to work? The publication Gegenöffentlichkeit organisieren. Kritisches Management im Kuratieren gathers contributions anchored in both theory and practice, which reflect on organizational structures and working conditions, formulate other suggestions, and refuse to settle for a state of affairs where critical thought is combined with uncritical action.

Authors: Matthias Beitl, Dieter Bogner, Martin Fritz, Valeria Graziano, Henna Harri, Stefano Harney, Beatrice Jaschke, Laurence Rassel, Barbara Steiner, Nora Sternfeld, Wolfgang Tobisch, Lorena Vicini

With an artistic contribution by Isa Rosenberger.

/ecm diskurs: Vorschau


Freitag, 22. November 2019, 19.00 Uhr
When Art Becomes Public: Exhibiting as a Form of Escape
Paul O’Neill
Artistic Director PUBLICS, Curator, Helsinki
Moderation: Nora Sternfeld /ecm Leitungsteam

Freitag, 13. Dezember 2019, 19.00 Uhr
Left-Wing Melancholia
Enzo Traverso
Historian, Cornell University, NY
Moderation: Nora Sternfeld /ecm Leitungsteam

Freitag, 24. April 2020, 19.00 Uhr
DIS-ORGANIZING: how uncanny it is to call something like Gudskul a school
farid rakun (ruangrupa)
, artist, writer, editor, teacher and instigator, Jakarta
Moderation: Nora Sternfeld /ecm Leitungsteam

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/ecm 2020-22


Der nächste Durchgang des /ecm beginnt im Oktober 2020. Bewerbungen können ab sofort eingereicht werden. /ecm Aufnahmeseminare finden am 3. und 17. April und am 22. Mai 2020 statt.

Call for applications

The next /ecm study program starts in October 2020. Applications are from now on accepted. /ecm enrance seminars will take place on April 3rd, April 17th and on May 22nd 2020.

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