Liu Xiaodong belongs to the generation of Chinese artists who grew up at a time of rural exodus and explosive growth in the major cities. As a result, these processes of change are often the subject of his work. For his exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz, Liu spent a month in the Upper Styrian town of Eisenerz in 2012. This old industrial and cultural landscape was, and still is, subject to enormous social changes. His paintings created on site (one of them is in the Neue Galerie Graz collection) and his film reveal his cautious approach to a town that was at first culturally foreign to him.
Captured on paper_The End _1100111, 2014
In the exhibition, Captured on paper_The End _1100111 forms a start of SHOWING STYRIA and so again marks a transitional position – this time into the exhibition’s narrative about a plurality of futures.
Rurasmus, from 2021
Elisabeth Leitner, Roland Gruber
Rurasmus is an initiative for a European ‘countryside semester’ as an addition to the established Erasmus programme, allowing young people to develop a new perspective on rural Europe.
Bildungszentrum Pestalozzi, Leoben-Donawitz, 2013–2016
nonconform with Michael Zinner, schulRAUMkultur
How can an old-fashioned ‘school barracks’ with endless corridors, a listed building, be transformed into a place of forward-thinking education?
Zeitlinie Graz (Timeline Graz),, from 2018
Patrick Clipot and Daniel Pinnitsch
The web application Zeitlinie Graz presents the development of the tram and suburban railway network in Graz from its beginnings in 1878 to the present day.
Cambium, Fehring bei Graz, from 2017
wohnlabor, Verein Leben in Gemeinschaft
Many people dream of living a life close to nature, integrated into a community of solidarity. In Fehring, a group have dared to take this step and are transforming a former barracks with a 16-hectare plot of land into an ecovillage by building it themselves.
Let’s live together, 2020/21
project team: Rebekka Hirschberg, Anna Jäger, Jomo Ruderer
What does it look like when living space does not end at your front door? More and more people are attracted to community living and see it as a promising alternative for themselves and society.
PLATZEN – School for Civic Action, Graz-Andritz, 2021
The School for Civic Action is an educational experiment that tests alternative approaches to ‘city-making’.