Architecture ≠ Art: Josef Dabernig & Sonja Leboš


We are starting a new series of lectures within the Architecture ≠ Art programme.

Together with P74 Centre and Gallery and the Kino Šiška we cordially invite you to attend two events in one evening with acknowledge Austrian artist and filmmaker Josef Dabernig. In Ljubljana he will present his latest short films and give a lecture with theoretician Sonja Leboš in the frame of the Architecture ≠ Art programme.

Architecture ≠ Art (lectures in English)
Tuesday, 6 October 2015, at 6 pm, Kino Šiška, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana

Josef Dabernig: The (Architectural) Grid as a Constitutive Element in Film Narration
Stadiums, hotel interiors, the dining car on a train, swimming pools, a casino, a gym, an urban snarl at city’s edge, highway bridges against a river bank or a stiff and claustrophobic stone cave on the way to a remote mountain hut. In my films, architecture and landscape are framing mostly simple actions performed by a team of friends and relatives. A collection of these sites raises the question as to whether the related image construction is about the framework of a plot, or rather constitutive material of narration itself.

The lecture will be preceded by Dabernig’s newest film Zlaté Piesky Rocket Launch (2015, 10 min).

Sonja Leboš: Solid Immateriality Does Not Melt
Through a series of examples (from cinema, architecture and art in public space), I would like to argue that although the art & architecture complex – as Hal Foster claims – carries the burden of the imagistic environment that denies human beings their need to reorganise and re-appropriate what has been given to them by omnipotent icon-architects, there are moments when the complex displays a soft(ware) task-force quality, partly described by Umberto Eco in Opera Aperta, of art and architecture not performing miracles but organising our (im)material world(s).

Josef Dabernig (Vienna) is a visual artist and filmmaker. He graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (1981), but later on he extended his artistic practice to other media: film, photography, text and questions of architectural display. Dabernig designed the architecture for Igor Zabel’s Individual Systems exhibition at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He participated at Manifesta in Ljubljana and in St. Petersburg (2000 and 2014), the Venice Biennale (2001 and 2003), and the Gwangju Biennale (2012). His short films have been shown at the film festivals in Venice, Rotterdam, London, Graz, Toronto, etc. Dabernig's solo exhibitions include mumok and MAK in Vienna, MOCAK in Krakow, Kunsthaus and Neue Galerie in Graz, and P74 in Ljubljana. Dabernig is a honorary member of the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.

Sonja Leboš (Zagreb) is a cultural anthropologist, curator, and writer from Zagreb, Croatia. She was also trained as an architect, set designer and educationist in art. In 2002, she established the Association for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research (AIIR). Since then, she has been constructing complex platforms for artistic and scientific research and practice that include also the fields of film, urbanology and urbanism, urban and visual anthropology. Since 2013, Sonja Leboš has been regularly co-working with grey) (area – space for contemporary and media art in Korčula, living her life between a city and an island.

These lectures will be followed with Josef Dabernig's exhibition opening: Mute Society.
Opening: Tuesday, 6 October 2015, at 8 pm, P74 Center and Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1

Organized by: the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory; P74 Centre and Gallery; Kino Šiška – Centre for Urban Culture
Supported by: the Austrian Cultural Forum; ERSTE Foundation; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia; City of Ljubljana