Archiving the Present

Caring for Public Art in the Future

A Conference by the BIG in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Department of Site-Specific Art

Since 2005 BIG ART has been developing art projects in, around and on the buildings of the Austrian Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (Federal Real Estate Company), the BIG. With this growing stock of artworks and the increasing need to renovate and extend these buildings, accompanied by a shortage of space, the issue of how to conserve and archive these artefacts in the future is becoming increasingly pressing. The BIG regards this issue as one of the key cultural and also socio-political challenges it currently faces, and is holding discussions with experts from different fields on which structural conditions can safeguard the necessary room for manoeuvre for both conservation and for the new.
  • Jakob Deibl, theologian and philosopher, Professore Invitato since 2018 at Ponfico Ateneo Sant'Anselmo in Rome, Melk Abbey
  • Henrik Orrje, Head of Administration, Public Art Agency Sweden
  • Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, member of the Executive Board
  • Linus Neumann, internet activist, Speaker for the Chaos Computer Club Hamburg
  • Katrina Petter, Head of Public Art Lower Austria
  • Hans Ulrich Reck, philosopher and art historian, Professor of Art History in a context of new media at, and Rector of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Moderated by
  • Claudia Büttner, art historian and freelance curator, Munich
Conference language
German / English

With contributions by:
Rosa Andraschek, Christian Christiansen, Gregory Desneux, Oskar Enetjärn, Lara Erel, Kim Gubbini, Natalia Gurova, Konstanze Horak, Bart Houwers, Yu Isogawa, Elizaveta Kapustina, Emma Kaufmann-LaDuc, Ana Mumladze, Miki Okomura, Michael Plessl, Felix Schwentner, Julian Siffert, Sissi, Carmiña Tarilonte Rodríguez, Ilena Sophia Trump, Mariya Tsaneva, Anna-Sophia Unterstab, Tsai-Ju Wu
Developed within the courses of Georgia Holz and Jeanette Pacher
( and at the Department of Site-Specific Art (head: Paul Petritsch).

Die Archivierung der Gegenwart
13. March 2020, 10:00 - 19:00
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, A-1030 Wien