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


From 2014 to 2018, nine Graz art institutions worked on a new model of art (education). 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. They made use of communal resources, skills and interests, focusing on the current requirements of an art education that is still not possible in Graz. In line with a complex educational concept of learning and unlearning, it was aimed at interested students and cultural workers. Different models were tested in performative, discursive and experimental formats at the various locations of the institutional network in Graz, and local and international guests were invited.