Opening: Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 6:30 P.M.

Introductory remarks: Werner Fenz
(Director of the Styrian Department for Art in Public Space)

Duration: 07.04. - 05.05.2011
Participating artists:
AGABABAYEV Togrul/ AZN, AGRAFIOTIS Demosthenes/ GR, BÜRGIN Katharina/ CH, COLLINS Marilyn/ GB, CREGO Carlos/ E, CROMACK Gerry/ GB, CROZIER Robin/ GB, FRO Fritz/ A, FROUDARAKIS Manuela/ A/GR, GEYERSBACH Michael/ D, GINI Gino/ I, GOTTEMEIER Rainer/ D, HANG Yoa/ RC, HÄRDI Rudi/ CH, HESCHMAT Behruz/ A/IR, LAMINE Mahmud/ TN, MEISSNER Christina/ D, PADIN Clemente/ ROU, RESTREPO Tulio/ CO, RUSSELL Morgan/ USA, SAY Isabel/ F, SHIN Je Nam/ ROK, SOKOLOVA Tanja/ RUS, STACHE Erwin/ D, VAN VUGT Erik / NL, VIGO Edgardo Antonio/ RA

“The World" is given to us by the senses - deprived of them we are deprived of "the world".

All the diversity of what is actually possible, i.e. of what makes sense, creates a system which aligns with the system of the modalities of the senses in a certain way. By identifying the qualities of the senses we have identified the ways in which the mind creates sense from matter, in which mind and body are being connected.
Helmut Plessner. The Unity of the Senses. Collected Works, Volume III. Frankfort on the Main 1980

Two of the sense organs distinguish themselves in a special way: the eye and the ear.
They are called "distant senses" because they do not physically touch the perceived object directly like the touch and the taste (which, however, reaches beyond the contact with the smell). It is only through the distant senses that we can perceive the world, they create spatial structure as a connection of perceptual contents, objects or sounds together with their respective properties and it is not by coincidence that psychologists have created the concept of Gestalt from objects and sounds. The shapes of bodies and sequences of sounds show us the structure of the elements they are made of, their unity is a synthesis which, as a whole, can be perceived analytically as a process of addition and integration and corresponds to the functioning of our mind. It is possible to reconstruct visual and acoustic conditions conceptually. The essence of art is the reconstruction of structures from reality so that a given fact is provided with the outmost intensity of perception. This constitutes the ontological significance of the work of art.
Hans Heinz Holz, Strutture della Visualità, Milano/Varese 1984; Strukturen der Darstellung, Bielefeld 1997 (Philosophische Theorie der bildenden Künste II); Seinsformen. Über strengen Konstruktivismus in der Kunst, Bielefeld 2001; To Hear is To See - Expanded Version, Vienna 2008.

Given the fact that all people share the same world, what is meaningful for one person is also meaningful for everybody else. (Heraklit, B 89)