Projects by Assignments

Hg. von / Ed. by Saprophyt – Stephan Lugbauer, Barbara Kapusta
Wien / Vienna 2011

Mit Texten von / With texts by
Andrew Berardini, Christa Benzer, Margit Emesz, Liz Glynn, Nicola Hirner, Miriam Kathrein, Robert Müller,
Melanie Ohnemus

KünstlerInnen / Artists
Scoli Acosta, Fahim Amir, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Maria Giovanna Drago, Christian Egger, Liz Glynn,
Can Gülcü, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Jakob Lena Knebl, Nathalie Koger, Roberta Lima, Christian Philipp Müller,
Josip Novosel, Simona Obholzer, Noële Ody, Su jeong Shin-Goldbach, Sofía Táboas, Anton Vidokle



Die Publikation Projects by Assignments erscheint in Fortführung der Ausstellungsreihe „Projects and Assignments“ und zeigt wie diese sich über die Zeit zusammensetzte und darin die Grundidee des Projektraumes/Experiments Saprophyt explizit wurde. Wie eine Toolbox enthält Saprophyt Materialien, Objekte und Spuren sowie eine – über deren zeitlichen Zusammenhang entstehende – Geschichte an Verweisen, deren man sich bedienen und die man bearbeiten kann. „Projects and Assignments“ öffnete Überlegungen, die sich mit dem Eingriff in die Organisation und Struktur von Saprophyt beschäftigen. Wenn wir Einheiten wie Zeit, Raum oder Besitz als variierbar begreifen, warum dann nicht auch das Gefüge des Raumes selbst?

The publication Projects by Assignments is published in continuation of the exhibition series „Projects and Assignments“ and illustrates how it progressed and how the basic idea of the project space/experiment Saprophyt therein became explicit. Like any toolbox, Saprophyt contains materials, objects and traces as well as an emerging history of references about its temporal coherence, which can be used and hewed. To intervene in the structure of Saprophyt, „Projects and Assignments“ opens the considerations that this intervention in the organization of space is concerned with. If we understand units like time, space or property as variable, then why shouldn’t we also consider the arrangement of Saprophyt to be variable as well?
(Barbara Kapusta, Stephan Lugbauer)

In the field of art, latent values of individual expression, originality, and yes, autonomy, still exist. After all, the provocation of Dada began with Duchamp inverting an urinal and signing a false name. Brushy signatures have faded from view, and yet the desire to claim material to refashion through ones’ artistic production remains stronger than ever. The notion of creativity seems facile, yet the notion of radical re - invention is prized.
While relational practices and performance practice have proliferated in recent years, a desire to create a body of work that is visibly recognizable remains. When presented with an assignment what’s at stake for the artist? Does taking the assignment imply a latent agreement or responsibility? Or, is the ultimate responsibility to one’s own practice, or to even larger values of creative cultural production?
I remain curious about the possibilities of a space where our easily trafficked identities dissolve. The potential to create something entirely unknown exists, provided that we are willing to forsake the desire for recognition.
(Liz Glynn)


Dt. /Engl., 128 S., zahlreiche Abbildungen in Farbe, 16,5 x 22,5 cm, Softcover
ISBN 978-3-902833-13-6
€ 18,00 [A]
€ 17,50 [D]






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