Stadtwerkstatt (AT)

48 Hours Art as Sleep

With a major focus on sleep, the 4th edition of the 48-hour non-stop program brings together artists and critical producers to address an aesthetic of the unconscious. Art for Sleepers, Art by Sleepers and Art as Sleep.

SLEEP48 is a Stadtwerkstadt project conceived by Shu Lea Cheang and Matthew Fuller, who were inspired by Fuller’s latest book How to Sleep, the art, biology and culture of unconsciousness. SLEEP48, 48 hours of sleeping through active sensing, experiencing, doing and perceiving, explores the complex physiological phenomenon that changes over its duration and has different cultural and physical expressions. Programs include the lecture DEEP SLEEP and the exhibition HEROES OF SLEEP. The sonic sanitarium of SONATAS OF SLEEP/LESS offers treatments for information shock-workers. As a statement of non-architecture: SLEEP TUNNEL shows infinite sleep. SLEEP BATTLE will be monitored by Sleep Laboratory. More: The experimental setting HYPNOMACHIA, the performative ROUGH SLEEP, a SPECULATIVE SCHOOL OF SLEEP DANCE and uncanny familiar SOCIAL SLEEP VIDEOS. Your own sleepy experiments can be followed up with SCHLAFGUT-BIER and SLEEP FOOD.

Along with the SLEEP48 program, STWST48x4 presents an array of new works developed at Stadtwerkstatt under its new art contexts initiative – INFOLAB defines the concept of information, from synchronous quantum storms to randomness in the past and blockchain technology. The MYCELIUM NETWORK SOCIETY gives a preview of its Patulin exhibition in Taipei Biennale this year, plus the Mycelial Radio Activation workshop. The art and context research QUASIKUNST stages faded and blown away coordinates from art-agens to body-movens. From the Stadtwerkstatt archive, an indicative view applies to the PREVIOUS LAYERS of earlier Stadtwerkstatt projects. And at the Danube shore, the REOUZERI offers an after-work sunset area of relaxed, cooperative participation.


RiP – Randomness in Past/Franz Xaver (AT), Credit: Franz Xaver

RiP – Randomness in Past

is an INFOLAB project conceived and organized by Franz Xaver (AT). With synchronous quantum noise in Lindabrunn and Linz (September 3-17, 2018)

Randomness and chaos as a source of creative action. They are used to encrypt messages in the world of algorithms and form the basis of free will in the analog world. Information theory, however, is pushing chance and chaos further and further out of our daily events. The “logically correct” answers of the algorithms displace the unfounded decisions of individuals. However, algorithms cannot develop utopias. Therefore, we want to counteract this development with the idea of the “Global Consciousness Project” of Princeton University in the first two weeks of September and synchronize two locations via quantum noise generators: During STWST48x4, the STWST measuring ship Eleonore in Linz and the symposium Lindabrunn, a former sculpture quarry near Vienna, will be “connected” to each other via “acausal” quantum information.


Windlines – Movement A – 48 Hours Drifting – Disappearing (50.000)/Tanja Brandmayr (AT), Credit: Tanja Brandmayr

Windlines – Movement A – 48 Hours Drifting – Disappearing (50,000)

is a Quasikunst project, conceived and realized by Tanja Brandmayr (AT).

Quasikunst is systemic-performative research. Depending on the project, it calls out coordinates, increases and performs contradictions. In 2015 Quasikunst dedicated itself to trees with “I like Trees and Human Rights.” In 2016, it equated the actor with the network in ”Fog Ballet.” In 2017, “Eisberg/The Entity” staged a theater of meaning of irreconcilable contradictions – and as a meltdown of a 2-ton ice block.

In 2018, immateriality will be pushed forward. The focus is on the medium wind, on air, transparency, intangibility and the increase of distance. With a wind machine or several wind machines air is blown through the Stadtwerkstatt building. The Windlines asks questions about the organization of thinking and feeling, and we say: Better faded than networked. A living reference to Walter Benjamin’s angel wanders backwards across the square: Movement A as a trace of memory in structured oblivion. And for a country of drifting entities, an almost transparent flag flies for 48 hours on the roof – for great internal and external spaces. The visibility of the 50,000: wanting to end. All in all, Quasikunst shows blown coordinates from art-agens to body-movens.


Mycelium Network Society/Stadtwerkstatt (AT), cycleX (US), Credit: Martin Howse

Mycelium Network Society

Mycelium Network Society (MNS) is a Stadtwerkstatt (Linz, Austria) and cycleX (Andes, New York) initiative to connect rhizomic mycelium network nodes. Mycelium Network Society imagines an underground network situated in a post-internet mudland and powered by fungus, spores, culture, kitchen, radio, transmission, installations, workshops and performances. Departing from the pursuits of magic mushroom, MNS charts a state of hyper-hallucination to collective fungal consciousness, investigates the fungi culture, its network capacity to communicate and process information. As an after-nature network, MNS commands its own domain in human-disturbed forests – sprouting across the moisture of rich soils, expanding its colonies, sharing information, networking co-habitants across borders. During STWST48x4, we present a prototype of a 17 atom patulin network structure to be premiered at Taipei Biennale 2019. Martin Howse of holds a one-day Mycelial Radio Activation workshop.



Matthew Fuller +++ SONATAS OF SLEEP/LESS: Svetlana Maras, Sainkho Namtchylak, Olesia Onykiienko aka Neither Famous Nor Rich, Ioana Vreme Moser, Mimu Merz, Jessica Ekomane, Cammack Lindsey, Tamara Wilhelm, Fu aka Nelson Landwerh. Curated by Shu Lea Cheang +++ SLEEP TUNNEL: Stadtwerkstatt +++ SLEEP BATTLE: Stadtwerkstatt, Andreas Kaindlstorfer / Kepler Universitätsklinikum Linz, Department of Neurology 1, NeuromedCampus Sleep Laboratory, Pamela Neuwirth, Harald Purrer, Georg Wilbertz +++ HYPNOMACHIA: Qualia Industries +++ ROUGH SLEEP: Katharina Brandl, Violeta Ivanova, Madeleine Schrabauer, Karla Woess +++ SPECULATIVE SCHOOL OF SLEEP DANCE: Gerlinde Roidinger, Tanja Brandmayr +++ SLEEP BEER: Jörg Parnreiter and Thor Bräu Ottensheim +++ SLEEP FOOD: taro +++

Franz Xaver, GIS Orchester +++ Preview MNS at Biennale Taipei: Shu Lea Cheang, taro, Franz Xaver, Martin Howse +++ MNS-Workshop: Martin Howse +++ QUASIKUNST: Tanja Brandmayr, Felix Vierlinger +++ PREVIOUS LAYER: Stadtwerkstatt Archive +++ REOUZERI: Jakob Breitwieser

Tanja Brandmayr, Jakob Breitwieser, Shu Lea Cheang, Thomas Hauer, Andreas Heißl, Jan-Nahuel Jenny, Jörg Parnreiter, Bernhard Schiesser, taro, Felix Vierlinger, Franz Xaver +++ Radio Features: Pamela Neuwirth +++ Documentation Videos: Claudia Dworschak +++ Homepage: Michael Aschauer +++ Graphic Design: Ortner&Schinko