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The Emergency Program of the AIR InSILo collaborates with the international program Artists at Risk and aims to host artists in critical life situations, as well as independently invites and hosts artists who have lost their income or who suffer difficult life circumstances due to the crisis. At this moment, due to the war in Ukraine.
To support the program, one can buy artworks from the InSILo Gallery, in physical form or NFT; donate ETHER 0xC8F7594bF1654E23f06e1ED058844A7d82e8332d or
10.05.2022

Accelerating Degrowth

HZWEIO
21.05-14.08.2022
HZWEIO: a generative ecological sound installation by Martin Breindl and Bernhard Kathan at the water reservoir in Hollabrunn.
A battery of six blue plastic barrels with a capacity of about two hundred litres each is mounted on top of the underground freshwater reservoir behind the Alte Hofmühle, exposed to direct sunlight. Each of the barrels contains approximately one hundred empty PET bottles which are slightly squeezed and hermetically sealed again. The plastic bottles expand with increasing temperature and contract when the environment cools down. Expansion as well as contraction produce a glitch of clicking and popping noises on a low volume. Microphones pick up these sounds from within the barrels and transmit them to a speaker system in public space.
The sonic pattern follows an algorithm entirely bound to the laws of nature, of a rhythm of day and night as well as of changes of temperature due to weather conditions – in the wide angle of the sun from east to west, which is tempering the entire landscape.
Viertelfestival NÖ Weinviertel 2022
Opening: SAT May 21, 2022, 7 p.m

Illustration:
Alien Productions. Perpetuum Mobile. Airwaves, 2011. Foto © Sabine Maier

Instead of writing a lengthy statement, the curators of AIR InSILo decided to let the thoughts flow freely and used the form of a dialogue to meditate about current state of technology and the clash of two approaches, degrowth and acceleration. The full version of the debate “Accelerating Degrowth” is published in the InSILo Mag. We encourage everyone to read it before submitting the projects to the next call, which will be opened on May 15.
Open call for the 2022/2023 round
The AIR InSILo call for the round 2022/23 aims to meditate on the present state of technology. The task of the residence – which is a space, an entity, a future community that urges us to be aware of issues of consumption, energy, climate, and equality in a non-capitalist way – is to provide a proper environment that can maximally render the potential of the invited artists. But if we speak about technology, which strategy to choose? We focus on and put the clash of two approaches, degrowth and acceleration, in the centre of our discussion.
15.05-20.06.2022
Bodies in Resonance
In the new video for the InSilo Mag, Ksenia Yurkova talks about how the theory of affect influences her artistic practice and how she is trying to expand the understanding of affects through the artistic means of photography, video, and performance. She touches upon the notions of identity shaped by trauma, neuroplasticity, and radical transformation and how all of these can help in her performative interactions with those who suffered political violence.
The artist talk took place at the Improper Walls gallery space in Vienna on March 18, 2022.

18.03.2022
Becoming One, Being Plural
31.01.2022
Funds collected for the Emergency Program
We are continuing to fundraise for the Emergency Program of AIR InSILo. During March and April, the residence is hosting and subsidising artists and cultural workers: Tereza Barabash and her son (Lviv, UA), Yuliia Pendrak and her daughter (Lviv, UA), Daria Hetmanova (Mariupol, UA).
We are thankful to our donors - private individuals and public institutions! But we need your further help to continue supporting those fleeing war.
To run the Emergency Program, we need 1700 Euros per person monthly. To help us, you can purchase artworks from the online store of AIR InSILo. You can subscribe to the PATREON or donate directly via PayPal. All the links - via the button.

5.04.2022
April 2022:
1770
Euros
In the new video for the InSILo Magazine, the artist Jungeun Lee speaks about her installation 'Becoming One, Being Plural' that visualises and sonifies the relations between microorganisms and humans. In AIR InSILo, the artist researched various types of water sources such as lakes, rivers, and swamps and built ecospheres, to convert the movement of microorganisms into sound and amplify them in order to give a voice to many of those unheard and invisible. In a time when our planet is threatened, the ecosphere represents a contemporary oasis. These ecosystems work like time-capsules: they contain dormant resources and myriad other species with whom we share life on this planet; they contain enormous biodiversity and are inhabited by numerous plant and animal species and various communities of living microorganisms. The work will be presented in November 2022, in FLUC Wien.
Artists Szymon Kula and Jennetta Petch are speaking about their research around the boundaries of sustainability of artistic production and showing the results of an ongoing project that was started in rural France, in Embrun, over the winter of 2020 and was continued in AIR InSILo in winter 2021. The project is carried out by the investigation of how one can use materials to adapt to the chaos of the environmental crisis and what materials can do to help us to exist and even thrive in a chaotic world, as well as how making can provide a sense of structure in time and space.
At AIR InSILo, Kula & Petch expand the vocabulary of ancient processes and modern techniques; they research local crafts and incorporate them into their practice, creating hybrid objects that are a product of different localities, difficult to anchor in a particular time period, drawing on historical references from a perspective of the future. The special focus is put on upcycling, recycling and repurposing to create multilayered installations.
16.02.2022

Boundaries of sustainability interview

TIST Collective - new artists-in-residence
05.-13.03.2022
In March 2022, AIR InSILo hosts a collective of two artists/ curators, Yulia Tikhomirova and Michele Liparesi - TIST (This Is So Temporary) from Bologna, Italy. TIST manifests the necessity to build a creative, open and inclusive artistic process outside of traditional, institutional and, alas! capitalistic system of production.
The artist-run space TIST is situated in an old fabric shed in an industrial peripheral zone of the city and offers studios for young artists, an exposition space, a community garden, workshop facilities and a leisure zone. The project grew up out of disagreement with the continuous and growing concentration of art production in the hands of a few institutions financed both by public and private money, where the same small group of people, in practice, decide what contemporary art should be and exclude any possibility to differentiate the discourse, the content and the politics of art.
Degrees -
A Solo Exhibition by Ksenia yurkova

On March 9, Ksenia Yurkova is opening her personal exhibition in the frames of FOTO WIEN Festival.
On a junction of theory and art practice, through the means of photography and moving image, the project DEGREES (2021) dives into the framework of contemporary affect theory and approaches the question on personal, collective, and transitive levels. At every stage, the work is challenged to find artistic means of expression of the concept, which is considered to be undetectable directly.

Improper Walls Gallery,
Reindorfgasse 42, Wien
Vernissage Mar 9, 2022, 18:00
Exhibition Mar 10 – Mar 25
Wed, Thu, Fri 15:00 – 19:00
Friday, Mar 18 – Artist talk

10-25.03.2022
<Biotope- Metamorphic Symbiosis> by Jungeun Lee
The first long-term resident of 2022 is Jungeun Lee, who is working on her Biotope- Metamorphic Symbiosis installation that visualizes and sonifies the relations between microorganisms and humans. In AIR InSILo, the artist plans to research various types of water sources such as lakes, rivers, and swamps and build ecospheres, to convert the movement of microorganisms into sound and amplify them. Movements and vitality of snails scratching moss on the wall, hydra hanging upside down on the plants using long tentacles, and stone leech hunting for food larger than their bodies will be collected by using motion tracking and transferred to the audience through an amplifier. The project takes a challenge to give a voice to many of those unheard and invisible. When our planet is threatened, the ecosphere represents a contemporary oasis. These ecosystems are like time capsules. The ecosphere contains dormant resources and myriad other species with whom we share life on this planet. They contain enormous biodiversity and are inhabited by numerous plant and animal species and various communities of living microorganisms.
Martin Breindl/ Bernhard Kathan, HZWEIO
Martin Breindl‘s and Bernhard Kathan‘s new version of their generative sound installation HZWEIO at the festival minus20degree in Flachau, Salzburg, from Jan. 20th to 22nd, 2022: A sculpture consisting of six-blue plastic barrels with a capacity of about two hundred litres each is set up in front of the local church in Flachau, exposed to direct sunlight. Each of the barrels contains about one hundred empty PET bottles, which are slightly pinched and hermetically sealed again. The plastic bottles expand with increasing temperature and contract when the environment cools down. Expansion as well as contraction produce a variety of click and plop noises [glitch] on a low volume. Microphones pick up these sounds from within the barrels and transmit them to a loudspeaker system in a public space. The sonic pattern follows an algorithm entirely bound to the laws of nature, of a rhythm of day and night as well as of changes in temperature due to weather conditions.
9-31.01.2022
open studio days Report
20.12.2021
During the Open Studio Days X-Mas in AIR InSILo, artists Szymon Kula and Jennetta Petch presented their latest work, The Boundaries of Sustainability which was accomplished during six weeks of the residence. The full photo documentation is available on the page of the project.
20-22.01.2022
12.11.2021

November Fundraising

How the
world works interview
29.11.2021
How the World Works by Maria Safronova Wahlström and Johannes Wahlström intend to describe the rapidly changing world that we and our societies are surrounded by, and that became more visible in connection with the pandemic. How the World Works is based on the UN Sustainability Goals 2030 and interviews of the people active in the fields affected by the proposed changes. The answers will form the basis for a series of graphic works that playfully highlight the topics that we all too often resign ourselves to considering too complicated to understand. The project aims to connect the research on current political and economic issues with a simple and playful graphic form, which can be exhibited and distributed in art contexts and schools.
The full version of the interview is available only to the PATRONS
open studio days X-Mas
Open Studio Days X-Mas in AIR InSILo
18-19th of December 2021, in Hollabrunn.

• a sneak peek to the artists' studios of Szymon Kula and Jennetta Petch
• new artworks by the residence artists: from the affordable prints to the original pieces (visit our online store to choose)
• glühwein by AIR InSilo
Opening hours: 18, 19 December 2021
- 14 to 17
The ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs

18-19.12.2021
When we reach the sum of 5100 Euros, we can invite our first guest artist to become a part of the emergency programme. The minimum stay of the artist is for three months.

To host one artist for three months, we need a budget of:
1. An independent space to live and work (possible together with the family)
as an in-kind contribution of AIR InSilo
2. Covered travel (300 Euros within Europe, 600 Euros -- from the outside of Europe)
3. Transport (300 Euros for three months)
4. Artistic fee (1950 Euros for three months)
5. Material costs/ Production money (1050 Euros for three months)
6. Operational costs (600 Euros per three months)
7. Curator's/ assistant's fee (600 Euros per three months)

TOTAL: 5100 Euros -- or 1700 Euros per month which we need to collect to invite our first guest.

Become a PATRON today
Scoby Spin Cycle

The first OPEN CALL artist of AIR InSILo is Mary Maggic who, during the last week in October, will work on the SCOBY SPIN CYCLE. It is a post-anthropocentric performative art installation and absurd machine object that optimizes the industrial production of SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) made from a kombucha bioreactor that is kept in constant rotation by the physical and demanding labour of a human subject on a gym exercise machine. The project reflects on the role of technology in human and non-human relationships of resource extraction and exploitation and human technological desires for fitness, perfection, and optimization. Can feminist practices of care and kinship re-insert the necessary intimacy within multi-species relationships that have been largely and historically driven by capitalism?
23-31.10.2021
open studio
days
Report
16-17.10.2021
long-term residents Jennetta Petch and Szymon Kula

During the residency, the artists will continue their research around the boundaries of sustainability of artistic production by developing an ongoing project that was started in rural France, in Embrun, over the winter of 2020. It will be carried out by the investigation of how one can use materials to adapt to the chaos of the environmental crisis and what materials can do to help us to exist and even thrive in a chaotic world, as well as how making can provide a sense of structure in time and space.

9.11-20.12.2021
Plane Catcher/ Flugzeug-fallen
by Martin Breindl
AIR InSILo’s artist and curator Martin Breindl will present his project Plane Catcher, an installation consisting of fifty-five assemblages of model aeroplanes and irons and a video projection (shot and edited by Ksenia Yurkova), created between 2018 and 2021. Plane Catcher is an impulsive alphabet, a system of signs washed up from childhood against the background of a higher law that brings art theory and practices into harmony. The whole series will be displayed for the first time in the barn of the very house where Martin grew up – and now AIR InSilo – putting all the past debris into order like after a plane crash.

open studio days and Emergency
Program
During the Open Studio Days on the 16-17th of October 2021, one can become a supporter of the Emergency Program of AIR InSILo by
• buying artwork from the residents: from the affordable prints to the original artwork (see the catalogues). 70% of the price goes to the artist, 30% to the maintenance of the AIR InSILo and the Emergency Program
• buying organic goods from the garden of AIR InSilo
• becoming a Patron of the Emergency Program
• inviting your friends and spreading the word
16-17.10.2021
All Nonsense Cancels Itself
09.10.2021
In AIR InSILo, the invited artist and writer Bernhard Kathan will work on his sound piece All Nonsense Cancels Itself, which will be presented during the Open Studio Days on 16-17 October. The piece is dedicated to Daniel Paul Schreber (1842 - 1911), who is considered the most prominent case in the history of psychiatry thanks to his book Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Among many others, Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, Elias Canetti, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari occupied themselves with his bizarre imagery.
It is commonly thought that doctors are trying to understand the patients. Kathan reveals that Schreber's story teaches us the opposite: in fact, the patients are required to understand the doctors who are treating them.
Kathan recontextualizes the Memoirs of My Nervous Illness and, by means of sound and graphic art, reveals meaning in the chaos. By refusing to see Schreber as a "case", just a madman, he points out that the patient to facilitate his doctors was by purpose producing all the signs he was expected to.

16-17.10.2021
Finally, the selection is done, and we are happy to announce the first residents of AIR InSILo! They are:
• Mary Maggic (Austria) for the short-term residence in October 2021
• Szymon Kula and Jennetta Petch (Poland/ UK) for the long-term residence in November – December 2021
• Hung-Fei Wu (Taiwan) for the long-term residence in January – February 2022
Due to the very high quality of the submissions, we made an exception and launched an additional slot for
• the TIST Collective /Yulia Tikhomirova and Michele Liparesi/ (Italy) for the short-term residence in March 2022
The shortlisted artists
• Marina Shamova (Russia)
• Damla Yalçin (Turkey)
• Jungeun Lee (South Korea)
• Oksana Rudko (Russia)
• Elena Redaelli (Italy)
• Laura Fernandez Antolin (Spain)
• Juan Gugger (France)
• eeefff (Belarus/ Russia)
will form the waiting list of AIR InSILo and will have preferences in the future open calls or/and will be invited directly for the future projects within the framework of AIR InSILo or its fellow institutions in Austria.
This year, we have received 22 applications for short-term residence and 114 applications for long-term residence from 47 countries.

30.09.2021

Residents' Selection

How the
world works
04.10.2021
How the World Works by Maria Safronova Wahlström and Johannes Wahlström intends to describe the rapidly changing world that we and our societies are surrounded by; and that became more visible in connection with the pandemic. How the World Works is based on the UN Sustainability Goals 2030 and interviews of the people active in the fields affected by the proposed changes. The answers will form the basis for a series of graphic works that playfully highlight the topics that we all too often resign ourselves to considering too complicated to understand. The project aims to connect the research on current political and economic issues with a simple and playful graphic form, which can be exhibited and distributed in art contexts as well as in schools.
open studio days
Open Studio Days in AIR InSILo
16-17th of October 2021, in Hollabrunn.

• the novel residency space in Hollabrunn
• an exhibition "Flugzeugfallen" by Martin Breindl in assistance by Ksenia Yurkova
• a sound-piece "Aller Unsinn hebt sich auf" by the resident of AIR InSILo, artist and philosopher, Bernhard Kathan
• artworks by the residence artists: from the affordable prints to the original artwork (download the full catalogue at in-silo.com)
• organic goods from the garden of AIR InSilo
Opening hours: 16, 17 October 2021 - 14 to 18
The ground floor is accessible for the wheel-chair

16-17.10.2021
Martin Breindl, Flugzeugfalle #19 Der rote Baron, 2019
Foto: Ksenia Yurkova
Long-term residency open-call
15.08-15.09.2021
Short-term residency open-call
Understanding artistic creation as a basic need, we are inviting artists, curators, and researchers to contribute their thoughts and energy to conceptualise the takes on the sustainability of individuum’s lives and ethical challenges and boundaries of sustainability of artistic production; to think of artistic production as non-commodity; to imagine alternative economic systems to sustain artistic production; to define boundaries of living space and workspace, leisure time and work time; to meditate on open-source appropriate technologies and open-design; to find the ways of collaborations of disjoint decentralized communities.
15.08-15.09.2021
The inauguration call of AIR InSilo is inspired by the ideas of Leopold Kohr (1909 – 1994), a prominent but underrated Austrian philosopher, whose concept ‘Small is Beautiful’ has saturated the thinking of subsequent researchers and influenced the notions of decentralization with inclinations to localism and post-development theory, degrowth theory, bioregionalism, and a principle of sustainability.
Patreon
for the emergency Program
The Patreon page of AIR InSilo is dedicated to the emergency programme (in collaboration with the international programme Artists at Risk). Its goal is to host artists in critical life situations, as well as to invite and host artists who had lost their income or who suffer difficult life circumstances due to the crisis. The residency aims to focus its attention on female artists with children, on artists from countries where governments didn’t allocate sufficient support programs, and primarily on the ones who suffer persecution from the home country governments.
01.06.2021
to the call
to the call
Cinema Week and AIR InSilo Pre-launch Party
27.12.2020-03.01.2021
visit of Question Me & Answer Collective
03.07.2021
interview with the curator of AIR InSilo
-by Justina Špeirokaité
(Curator at Improper Walls)
My personal interest about the cultural scene in Russia and how it is influenced by politics, was growing for some time, especially after the last summer events in Belarus. And although Belarus and Russia are countries neighboring my home land Lithuania, I realise I know almost nothing of what art and culture breath there.
To find out more, I decided to talk to Ksenia Yurkova, a curator and artist, who recently moved to Austria, and can tell us more about it based on her own experiences.
28.02.2021
QM&A wants to shorten the process of network-building and foster exchange between artists who have been based in Vienna for a long time and those who have newly arrived. Active network-building constitutes a vital aspect of this initiative, which is achieved by various programs and events.
An informal pre-opening for the friends and everyone interested.
Since we are still facing some Corona restrictions, we decided to prolong the pre-launch party for one week. And created time-slots to make it maximum comfortable and safe.
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