UNIDENTFIED LANDSCAPE—“Hotel Asia” project 2018

About “Hotel Asia”project  

In 2015, HOTEL ASIA PROJECT launched a research-based exhibition project, LANDSCAPE in collaboration with artists,film directors, and researchers from Japan, Thailand, and China. The project has toured several cities including Bangkok, Chongqing, Shanghai, Hefei, Kitakyushu, and Tokyo. The project seeks to add new and multiple perspectives to the idea of landscape in Asia since the arrival of the modern age through researching how landscape appears in actual urban space, virtual media and internet space including SNS, and films and art works. The research result is shared in the form of exhibition, discussion, symposium, and publication of artist book through which the project proposes various interpretations of landscape.

Since the birth of landscape painting, painters have traveled to various parts of the world to depict the scenery of the places. It was the sketch of a specific place in a specific country when it was depicted. However, since many of them lacked proper recording of the locationand date, what we see today have already lost its temporal and spatial specificities. “Unidentified Landscape” is a term used for the works that we cannot specify its location.
This year’s project borrows the idea of unidentified landscape and conducts the exhibition and symposium under the title Unidentified Landscape in Japan, China, Indonesia, and Austria. Building upon the result of previous series, the project seeks to capture the ordinary landscape and the landscape appearing in sketches, photographs, videos, texts, and sounds in order for proposing various perspective and a new interpretation of landscape in contrastto the view to see landscape as geographic, historic, or cultural product or as an arbitrarily formed object of memory, feeling, or desire of the mass. The process and the result of the project will be shared on the Internet and in print as well.
Schedule of “Hotel Asia” project 

May 15 – 22, 2018
KUNCI / Yogyakarta, Indonesia

October 6, 2018
Screening Program
Kuandu Biennial/ Taipei, Taiwan 

October 14 – 21, 2018
Organhaus Art Space / Chongqing, China

November 10 – 30, 2018
Medo Art Space / Vienna, Austria

January 12 – 27, 2019
SOAP / Kitakyushu, Japan

January 19 – 27, 2019
BARRAK / Naha, Japan

   

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Exhibition by Juliana Herrero

Juliana Herrero was born in 1975 in Choele Choel, RN, Argentina and after moving many times in the extended Patagonia she studied dance and music at INSA in General Roca. She graduated from architecture at UBA, University of Buenos Aires. 2001 she moved from Argentina to Europe, completing in 2004 her postgraduate studies in conceptual design by Ben van Berkel, at STÄDELSCHULE joining then also there the film class led by Mark Leckey. Between 2013 and 2015 she was local artist of the Viennese studio and residence program “studio das weisse haus”. Herrero was awarded in context of the Outstanding Artists Awards – Interdisciplinarity a prize for Exceptional Achievement – Prämie für die besondere Leistungen- BKA Austria and the Premio Fundación Andreani a las Artes visuales (3rd Prize-Revelación) for her work Milieu in 2015. Her oeuvre has since been part of the collection Fundación Andreani, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her emancipatory pieces, Juliana Herrero contrasts visual impressions with sound spaces. With her interventions, she is probing the boundaries of provocation, concentrated perception, and the utopian, leaving open space for the imagination. She focusses on processes of change at the limits of inside and outside worlds and its osmotic boundaries.

Juliana Herrero lives and works in Vienna.

Artist talk & Opening: Ruth Horak with Juliana Herrero

18:30, 25th. Sep 2018

 Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

 

THE BLANKETs is a platform, a supporter and a place to be.

Starting Feb 2018, the Vienna based contemporary artist Jianan Qu established a monthly exhibition program: THE BLANKETs. – a non commercial, professional, open space for young artists to share their works and experiments.

In this program, each month one(or two) selected artists will have the opportunity to make a solo(or duo) exhibition at Medo space(Vienna).

Welcome to THE BLANKETs !

Red White Mantra 红白咒

Exhibition by Tianji Zhao

 

Opening: 19:00, 30fth. June 2018

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

Tianji Zhao was born in Beijing, China and received her MA in Fine Art from MaHKU in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her practice engages the immediate surroundings through fragile materials and hidden gestures. By allowing external forces to enter and take over, the erratic and accidental become part of the work as it transforms or fades away. She explores both social and natural landscape in search of a dialogue with its inhabitants: from a marketplace, a temple, a teahouse, a factory, to a mountaintop and the night sky.

RED WHITE MANTRA is based on her encounter with the Tibetan community in Vienna during her one-month stay at Medo. For this exhibition, you are invited to come and complete the project by bringing the works back into the city.

 

Stories are made up of fragments, constantly growing, getting replaced, being forgotten.

Stories are mantras, retelling keeps them alive, enhances their energy, allowing them to crystallize or dissolve.

There are 1001 stories at the peak of storytelling, with only a handful left in the end.

Your stories enter my stories becomes our stories.

Or is it theirs?

—Tianji Zhao

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Exhibition by Elvedin Klačar

Opening: 19:00, 5th. June 2018

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

 

THE BLANKETs is a platform, a supporter and a place to be.

Starting Feb 2018, the Vienna based contemporary artist Jianan Qu established a monthly exhibition program: THE BLANKETs. – a non commercial, professional, open space for young artists to share their works and experiments.

In this program, each month one(or two) selected artists will have the opportunity to make a solo(or duo) exhibition at Medo space(Vienna).

Welcome to THE BLANKETs !

Finissage of contemporary Asian video art exhibition

Video art is a very important cultural medium in contemporary Asia in the process of modernization. The video art exhibition of “Crash/Hybrid” is aiming to present multi-dimensional complexity within Asia and to propose some theoretical ideas and many kinds of possibilities in artistic practice.

In addition to performance art, most Asian artists who engage in social intervention use images as media for conceptual expression and artistic creation. The camera is not merely a tool. Its own recording function can produce richer visual expression effects on social issues and cultural issues through the artist’s works.

In the contemporary cultural production of Asia, the historical framework and artistic expression of “video art” is not limited to the scope of contemporary art. It is closely related to the social history, culture and politics of different countries and regions. With the process of globalization, Asian experimental films and video arts have gradually given birth different forms of concept to “independent films”, “artist films”, “new media art”, “internet movies” and “exhibition movies”. The inclusiveness of “video art” is embodied in this complexity and leapfrogging between the film production industry and the art field, and also constitutes the most “contemporary” and “pioneer” art language and cultural patterns.

Medo Art will be presenting the Contemporary Asian Video Art Exhibition in Collaboration with different Art Space of Asia in 2018. The exhibition will introduce various attempts, ranging from video art as acts of resistance for the sake of negating and destroying the unjustifiable, to works suggesting a potential of another means of participation through aesthetic forms that strive to get as close as possible to reality.

The video art exhibition will display experimental video art works from different Asian countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, India and Iran etc. Unfortunately, we could not afford to introduce works from all Asian countries, a grand continent with the largest population in the world. But CAVAE will open the lively and inventive scene of dialogue and discourse among Asia-based artists, curators, critics and producers.

The Video Art Exhibition “Crash/Hybrid” is a hybrid of Video Art, experimental videos, animations, documentaries and many other types. We hope to present the diversity of Asian artists’ creation with the most possible media types.

In this program, each month one (or two) selected Asian’s country will be exhibited their very representative video Art Work in the last ten years at Medo Space.

Curator: Ni Kun, Duan Hongwei

Opening: 19:00, 25. May 2018

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

 

Artists/Exhibition works:

Yu Guo: I am tank 2013

Shi Qing: Anorexia 2006

Liao Wenchao: Keep smiling 2014

Liu Weiwei: 3 hours of disappearing  2012

Wang Shiyuan (Me&Xiaobai): Work

Shen Yangchao: Time as a Narrator  2016

Zhang Jiaping: Territory of Wetlans 2013

Wang Wo: Noise 2007

Tong Wenmin, waiting for the arrival of blue  2016

Pang Xuan: Garden  2009

Tao Hui: Talk about Body 2013

He Liping: The peddler and three milligrams of happiness  2014,I was born to bond with art 2015

Dong Xun, Mobile Street lamp  2014

Children’s Art Workshop

Theme: Self-Limitation and associated experience with the environment

Workshop Introduction:The Medo Art Space Program sponsors a series of children’s art workshops. The goal is for children to re-understand the inner and outer aspects of the self and the temporal and spatial nature of self-development under the leadership of contemporary artists.

Children will explore the possibilities and boundaries of their bodies from a new perspective under the leadership of the artist. As well as to re-understand and shape the environment and people around us, the most important thing is the relationship/boundary with our own family members. So graft new links with different contexts around. The workshop will focus on inspiring the children to use their imagination to the aesthetic level. In this creative arts workshop, children can learn to act like an artist and use the body as a medium to express and transcend self-recognition in their daily experiences. In the workshop, the children’s bodies will be extended, intersected and penetrated, and the original essence of life will be recovered through the creation of live behaviors.

Activity Forms: Performance art·Creative Art Workshop

Organizer: Medo Art and Mondial Research e.U

Time: 10:00-15:00, 12, May 2018

           10:00-15:00, 13, May 2018

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

Participant limit: 10 families (one parents, one child)

Age: 7-15 years old

Course fees: 50 Euro per family (2 people only)

Moderator: Wan Qiao (Artist of art therapie + New Media / Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

 The course is divided into three parts:

Part A: Describe Your Shape/Boundary 30-60 min Body’s Linear Expression, Painting Method

Part B: Describe the strengths and weaknesses of yourself and anyone around you 60-90 min, painting, interactive mode

Part C: The free-rendering experience of resonance/interventional force 30-60 min, painting and behavior

The three parts of the curriculum are presented in an associative relationship. After each part of the curriculum, there will be some discussion, so the curriculum lasts one and a half to two days. Parents throughout the process are encouraged to accompany them.

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Exhibition by Violeta Ivanova and Helen Anna Flanagan

 

Violeta Ivanova and Helen Anna Flanagan originally met in Linz in 2017 during an artist residency at Salzamt Atelierhaus. They both have kept in touch since to try find new ways to collaborate in unexpected and sporadic ways. These short bursts of intensive experimentation, often working with found materials, specific spaces and topics, leads to installations that can alter and change with time. Their process is based on a shared dialogue, experimentation and (re)arranging ideas, materials and perspectives. The exhibition at Medo Space will be an opportunity to extend the thematics of a previous exhibition with new work and ideas, seeing how they can be positioned in a new context and time-frame.

Helen Flanagan (UK) is an artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. Observed human incidents often form the starting point for her work. She combines these real events with fictitious narratives to produce video, sound and installation. By constructing and imagining scenarios, often making use of the category of the absurd, she looks to investigate social structures and the political subtext of the everyday, focusing on affects and emotions, labour and the body.

http://www.helenannaflanagan.com/

Violeta Ivanova (BG) is an artist living and working in Linz. The most effective driving force of her work is curiosity. She works with unconventional materials, modified meanings and context, as well as unusual points of view on daily life. She usually presents her ideas by using metaphors, creating situations that are opened for interpretations. In her works, Violeta often plays with visitors’ perception in order to shape a specific atmosphere in the exhibition space.

 

Opening: 19:00, 5. May 2018

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

 

THE BLANKETs is a platform, a supporter and a place to be.

Starting Feb 2018, the Vienna based contemporary artist Jianan Qu established a monthly exhibition program: THE BLANKETs. – a non commercial, professional, open space for young artists to share their works and experiments.

In this program, each month one(or two) selected artists will have the opportunity to make a solo(or duo) exhibition at Medo space(Vienna).

Welcome to THE BLANKETs !

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A Solo Exhibition by Philippe Gerlach

 

Philippe Gerlach was born in Grenoble (France) and grew up in Deep River (Canada) and Burghausen (Germany). He graduated from Art University in Linz in 2008 and moved to London to assist Nick Waplington for 1 year.

After a 14-month stint in Paris in 2010, he now lives and works in Berlin.

Philippe Gerlach is a diaristic photographer, sourcing imagery from relationships, daily life and music culture which he combines it into a highly personal, emotional universe, which is constantly reorganised into site-specific installations.

His works have been shown internationally in numerous institutions and festivals including

Fotohof Salzburg, Spinnerei Leipzig, Claire de Rouen London, Rencontres Arles, NY Photofestival and are part of collections like the Österreichische Fotosammlung and La Collection FNAC, Paris

He also has been published through various publications in print and online including VICE Magazine, Modern Matter, Purple Fashion and Odiseo.

Opening: 19:00, 7. April 2018

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

 

THE BLANKETs is a platform, a supporter and a place to be.

Starting Feb 2018, the Vienna based contemporary artist Jianan Qu established a monthly exhibition program: THE BLANKETs. – a non commercial, professional, open space for young artists to share their works and experiments.

In this program, each month one(or two) selected artists will have the opportunity to make a solo(or duo) exhibition at Medo space(Vienna).

Welcome to THE BLANKETs !

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‘Movement as Material’

      A Solo Exhibition in/on Motion by Mira Loew

Artist Mira Loew’s practice investigates shifting relations between bodies and space through photography and choreographic explorations. Movement as Material presents a body of work that focuses on movement as it is instigated and maintained by bodies navigating spaces, and spaces activated by bodies. The works here capture the dynamic nature of these shifting relations, their instabilities and excesses.

The exhibited photographs are a collection of traces that narrate the complexity of adjustments made in the relations between to spaces, objects and encounters. The exhibition expands on Loew’s Positionierungen/ Positionings series; Positionings is a long term project that explores how a body claims a space through its navigations and positions.

The Open Dinner is a collaboration with London / Vienna based artist run collective Salon Flux. It aims to offer a platform for exchange, inquiry and debate between the artists and the audience.

We will provide a vegetarian stew and some drinks but invite all guests to bring an offering to the table. This might be a dessert, a bottle of wine, a side dish, or what ever else comes to mind.

related links: http://www.salonflux.com/   http://www.miraloew.com/

Opening: 19:30, 10. March 2018

Open Dinner: 17:00-21:00, 11. March 2018, An evening with conversation, in collaboration with Franziska Zaida Schrammel

Location: Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien

 

THE BLANKETs is a platform, a supporter and a place to be.

Starting Feb 2018, the Vienna based contemporary artist Jianan Qu establishes a monthly exhibition program: THE BLANKETs. – a non commercial, professional, open space for young artists to share their works and experiments.

In this program, each month one(or two) selected artists will have the opportunity to make a solo(or duo) exhibition at Medo space(Vienna).

Welcome to THE BLANKETs !