Exhibiting the Thing: A short history of thinking about the modes of display

Indoor pool of the Südbahnhotel, Semmering, Austria

Indoor pool of the Südbahnhotel, Semmering, Austria

Duchamp’s readymades, Tatlin’s counter-reliefs or Hugo Ball’s appearance as the “magic bishop" reciting his Karawane, are all works displayed in different cultural circumstances in the time of the WWI. For us they exist as photographs of the crucial moments of the fully-fledged advent of Avant-Garde art. As radical events in the history of exhibiting (that will be briefly overviewed in the talk), these three works transcend the barrier of the media-based art (of “aesthetic modernism”) and develop a new sense of presentation of works in relation to established exhibition standards, and particularly to the ideological relation of the “work of art” and the “artefact”. 

This semester's Art-Based Investigation will be working in close connection with the Integral Design Studio: The Sublime Landscape and its Relation to Labour, based on which students will be developing exhibiting concepts.
This will be part of an exhibition ''Land, Property and Commons'' taking place at the indoor pool of the Südbahnhotel in Semmering. 

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