Curatorial guidelines

As an internationally oriented project at the intersection of business, research and development, directly linked to university facilities, Lakeside Park represents a working, education and living space which puts its faith in innovation and aspires to form a model for others. Although technological research and development, especially when business-oriented, can obviously not be equated with artistic research, there is nonetheless an opportunity here for a confrontation in the form of a dialogue on questions and answers regarding overlapping areas. The intellectual and communicative challenge for both sides lies in their different methods of interpretation and forms of representation of ultimately shared social framework conditions. The curatorial program is rooted in an understanding of public art that can best be described by the term “functional site.” This concept favors artistic solutions that take the multiple designations of a given location as their springboard, reflect on the functional communicative, historical and aesthetic elements of a place, focus on the specific public which frequents the area, and interpret the corresponding factors in a critical and analytical manner, or intervene in their diversity of interests.

The curatorial leit motif is the three-component model. This encompasses permanent installations such as the projects already realized by Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Dorit Margreiter and Andreas Fogarasi, temporary projects such as those by Gülsün Karamustafa or Peter Spillmann in the fall and winter and, starting in October 2005, the ongoing programs at the Kunstraum Lakeside art space.

Christian Kravagna, Hedwig Saxenhuber