mona hahn, second round <br />of art in public space in the community of etsdorf-haitzendorf
mona hahn, second round <br />of art in public space in the community of etsdorf-haitzendorf

mona hahn


second round
of art in public space in the community of etsdorf-haitzendorf

The artists Mona Hahn, Ruth Kaaserer, Richard Künz, David Moises, Werner Reiterer and Almut Rink were invited to take part in a temporary art project in Etsdorf-Haitzendorf. Their work was to be on view throughout the area one whole summer. Already the previous year a similar project had taken place in the same place. Here it became very clear that public art in the province is more fraught with problems and frictions than in the city. That art has ist place today mainly in the urban setting should not mean that it is completely out of place in the country. The wide range of activities that have been promoted for about ten years in the province of Lower Austria, and in particular in the small towns and even smaller communities, show that the opposite is true. All the same, there remains the opposition of town vs. countryside for art and the artists. One of the main reasons is related to the 'other', namely the public, and this is a purely numerical one. While contemporary art is a monority issue here and there, seen in absolute figures the group of persons interested in it, in Vienna, Linz or Graz, is still a considerable size comapared to the group of art aficionados that might be based in a small community.

"Ring der Kosmonauten"(The Cosmonaut's Ring)
The change of systems in the former-communist or socialist countries quickly found its language in the outdoor space of rural areas with western building suppliers' prefabricated elements. The posters showed a single-family house in the former Teichsiedlung (which was renamed 'Ring der Kosmonauten' for the duration of the exhibition), where individual building elements were replaced by typical design elements in the GDR from Halle-Neustadt.
"Überholen ohne Einzuholen" (overtaking without catching up), two large format posters (one motif), location: Sittendorf Teichsiedlung and at Etsdorf Sportplatz.

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