Social Design: Dance of Urgency

Exhibition curated by Bogomir Doringer

Every type of dance is based on an underlying symbolism. Dance can be a form of socialising, an art form or an expression of ritualistic practices.
How do the Rave-o-lution of 12 March 2018 in front of the Georgian Parliament in Tbilisi and anti-fascist protests in Berlin relate to ancient Dionysian rituals, and why does the soundtrack to these events come from the drums of African Americans? And to what extent does dance club culture reflect the current socio-political situation and the struggle of individuals or of groups? The exhibition, curated by Bogomir Doringer, aims to find a definition of 'Dance of Urgency' that is based on those emotions arising out of personal and collective crises.


Chiara Baldini* (ITA), Jan Beddegenoodts (BEL), Irina Birger* (NLD), Heather Dewey-Hagborg* (USA), Shohei Fujimoto* (JPN), Nikolaus Geyrhalter (AUT), Frédéric Gies* (FRA), Kélina Gotman (GBR/CAN), Dan Halter (ZAF), Dimitri Hegemann* / TRESOR (GER), Sampo Hänninen (FIN), Cornelius Harris & Mark Flash / UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (USA), Andrew Herzog (USA), Damien Jalet (BEL/FRA), JAZAR CREW (PSE), Liese Kingma (NLD)* / SN8, Clubcommission Berlin, Rafael Kozdron (POL), Yarema Malashchuk & Roman Himey / CXEMA (UKR), MAMBA NEGRA (BRA), Pedro Marum* (PRT), Moniker* (NLD), Naja Orashvili & Giorgi Kikonishvili* / BASSIANI (GEO), Francesco Pusterla* (ITA), RECLAIM CLUB CULTURE, Paata Sabelashvilli* (GEO), Derek Sivers (USA), SPACEMAKER (NLD), Anna Vasof (AUT), Ari Versluis (NLD), Anne de Vries (NLD)

*Artists-in-Residence of Q21/MQ

'Dance of Urgency' is based on the ongoing project 'I Dance Alone' and is a continuation of the exhibition 'Trans-Forma' in cooperation with the department 'Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation' of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Accompanying the exhibition is a comprehensive supporting programme. Planned are film premieres as part of this year's film festival frame[o]ut (July 13 to September 1), an artist talk with Kélina Gotman (King's College London), a workshop as part of the MQ KinderKulturParcours and a cooperation with ImPulsTanz (July 11 to August 11), among other events.

'Dance of Urgency' is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
The companion publication is produced with the support of the Institute for 'Social Design - Arts as Urban Innovation' of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Exhibition display: Sam Beklik, Mozarteum University Salzburg, Department of Stage and Costume Design, Film and Exhibition Architecture.
Exhibition graphics: Alessia Scuderi
A selection of Bogomir Doringer's research material will be presented in the donaufestival in Krems (April 26 to May 5.).

Admission free

Social Design Dance of Urgency


24. April 2019 - 19:00
25. April 2019 - 01. September 2019
frei_raum Q21 exhibition space, MuseumsQuartier Wien, 1070 Wien