The installation Mitigation of Shock by artist, designer and scientist collective Superflux shows a possible scenario played out in an apartment in about 30 years’ time. In almost familiar surroundings, within a tiny space, nutrient-rich food is being grown here using energy-saving do-it-yourself biotechnology. Animals hunted in the city are cooked, self-made window barricades and long-serving radios protect against threatening weather and marauding urban hunters. Despite the terrifying consequences of the climate crisis, Superflux – known for their visions of the future based on in-depth research and actual projections – paint a picture of hope. As an open collective, they work on future solutions for art and architecture institutions, and also for companies such as Microsoft Research and Sony.
Mitigation of Shock, 2017–2019
(Project team: Jon Ardern, Anab Jain, Maël Héna", Mikhaela Dietch, Jon Flint, Vytautas Jankauskas, Jake Charles Rees, Alix McCabe, Danielle Knight, Nicola Ferrao, Matthew Edgson)
With thanks to Klaus Schrefler (plant cultivation), Botanic Matters GmbH, Eva-Maria Ecker-Eckhofen and Caritas / Diocese of Graz Seckau (furniture).
The Future is Calling, 2020
Anna Vasof’s works invite us to discover the absurd world theatre behind the wishes and desires of everyday life.
The Sharing Economy, 2018
studio ASYNCHROME (Marleen Leitner, Michael Schitnig)
In Weltverschiebung, the desire for public space is juxtaposed with the growing economisation of what once seemed like endless outer space.
Kitchen Cow, 2019
Food waste produced in a kitchen is chopped up and converted into biogas in a fermenter – the glass ‘stomach’ of the Kitchen-Cow.
Better Care, 2019
It’s 2025 and Nadia, a care worker, is on her way in a driverless car to visit Pam, an elderly woman whose mobility is restricted after a stroke. With the help of a robotic walking stick and a machine that reminds her to take her medication, Pam receives basic support.
Neuberg College, from 2015
Verein für Übersetzung der Gesellschaft (Association for the Translation of Society)
Since 2015, an open collective of artists and scientists has been developing the non-profit Neuberg College in collaboration with the town of Neuberg an der Mürz. It is devoted to process-open learning and engages with its rural surroundings.
Open Modes and Trial Mode, 2014–2018
A project by: Akademie Graz / Camera Austria / esc medien kunst labor / FORUM STADTPARK / Grazer Kunstverein / IZK/TU Graz / < rotor > Centre for Contemporary Art / Künstlerhaus KM / Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz
Offener Betrieb (Open Modes) – and before that Probebetrieb (Trial Mode) – took the idea of a collective, dehierarchised, collaborative and open educational situation as their starting point.
BIO ZENTRUM (organic centre) Grottenhof, under construction
A new farm shop with a café at the central market place, a farm offering demonstrations and a fun experience, a research centre and an innovation centre for organic agriculture form the five cornerstones of the new centre together with the school.
Planning proposals for integrated comprehensive schools, 1970
TEAM A GRAZ (Franz Cziharz, Dietrich Ecker, Herbert Missoni, Jörg Wallmüller) with Helmut Satzinger
50 years ago, a sense of optimism reigned in Austria’s educational landscape. Both educational experts and a significant number of architects introduced proposals and concepts.