Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kunstpalast Backstage

Backstage in a caravan: Zooming in on Upper Austria’s writers.

On 24 March 2009 a special star-night took place in Linz: four Upper Austrian writers - Eugenie Kain, Margit Schreiner, Thomas Baum and Franzobel - gave an impression of their literarily work at the StifterHaus. After the reading lots were drawn for personal meetings with the writers. The winners will be invited to take part in intimate get-togethers, that will take place in a caravan uniquely adapted for the purpose by Messrs Juhann and Jod.

The evening faded out with colourful sparkling wine, small appetizers and a gregarious atmosphere.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Führer’s Capital of Culture

Art and National Socialism in Linz and Upper Austria. Cultural and everyday life between 1938 and 1945 and what happened afterwards.

This is not the first time that Linz has been at the focus of the politics of culture on a European scale. In the Nazi era the capital of the Gau of Oberdonau was transformed from a small provincial town into an industrial metropolis that tried hard to curry favour with the Fuhrer.

“…what was actually illicit about a project that was designed to turn the city of his youth into a cultural metropolis?”, asks Albert Speer in his Memoirs. Yet what was cultural life in the era of National Socialism really like? What continuities remained in place after ist end? How final did the ruptures prove after 1945? These important aspects of the cultural politics of the Nazis and of regional cultural life are showcased by this exhibition, which is curated by a team of art and contemporary historians; the catalogue is a starting point for further reading.

The issues raised include what space for maneuvre was in fact available in art, literature, theatre and music, the strategies, positions and biographies of Upper Austria’s artists, and how they have dealt and are still dealing with the “legacy” of that era in terms of cultural politics.

The exhibition at Schloßmuseum was extended until March 29.

Download the audio guides (mp3) here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


"Von einem Kampf zum Anderen" ("From One Struggle to the Next")

Experience Histories and Herstories by Bus

When did political demands first start being taken to the streets of Linz? What did these people want? How did their protesters manifest themselves?

Three bus tours—From One Struggle to the Next, Struggle, Embroidery and Roses and Papers, Work and Terms of Residence - set off in search of the traces of social activism past and present in Linz.

Get an impression of the first bus tour - „From One Struggle to the Next. (you get a chance to participate yourself on April 25, June 13, August 1, October 3)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

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nextComic Festival

6 – 8 March 09
Ursulinenhof (festival centre), Ars Electronica Center, University of Arts Linz,
Moviemento, Grand Café zum Rothen Krebsen, MKH Wels

IDEA / CONCEPT // Gottfried Gusenbauer

MOFF Haderers feines Schundheftl - Scherz & Schund Fabrik, Nikolas Mahler’s “Flaschko” Comics prize winner, Manga made in Austria, Electrocomics Berlin, MKH Medienkulturhaus Wels, Fumetto internationales Comic Festival Luzern, Comicfestival Prag, GRRR! Festival Serbia

The interdisciplinary Festival for Comics and Cartoon Art focuses on the interrelationship shared by cartoons with film, electronic media, music and theatre.

music by Skizzo (