The Grazer Kunstverein is moving!
(Grazer Kunstverein moves to the in-between space)
A feasibility study for an urban, mobile Kunstverein that can withstand the conflicts of climate change.
“The shack is always conditional…….The disposition of things is an economy in time……. Like any etymological construction, each shack is a 3D modification of belief” – Lisa Robertson – The office for soft architecture
The Grazer Kunstverein transforms itself into a research experiment that connects art, architecture, climate change and conflict with the construction of site-specific temporary urban structures. The experiment takes the form of a workshop, situated in a speculative near-future in Graz, where extreme rainfall, soaring summer temperatures and more frequent storm winds define the climatic conditions.
A vacant lot in Puntigam will be our test site. There we will construct a series of experimental structures and shelters which aim to adapt to this new climate in a way that could mitigate potential conflict. The shelters will be temporary, improvised, resourcefully fabricated and functional. Inspired by off-grid and survivalist architecture, they will embody a conglomeration of positions, desires and beliefs, giving form to a new vernacular language. With these structures we intend to further develop: an awareness of the potential practical impact of future climate conditions, an understanding of recycling within artistic practice, a notion of what shelter means to us and a questioning of the place of art in the future of the built environment.
Edward Clydesdale Thomson will run the project as a 3-day workshop in which students are invited to participate. The workshop will be predominantly practical; working with materials onsite. It will begin at the Grazer Kunstverein’s current location with an evening session introducing the context and theoretical concerns of the project. During the following three days the students will work in small groups together with Edward on-site in Puntigam, making and discussing ideas of shelter. It is possible for up to 20 students to participate in the project. Students will need to dress warmly but all further materials will be provided.