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esc media art laboratory

Bürgergasse 5 Palais Trauttmansdorff

8010 Graz

  • Production space
  • Exhibition space
  • Art Association
  • Cultural Center
Opening hours

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 14:00-19:00

and by appointment

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+43 316/836 000


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esc media art laboratory

The central task of esc medien kunst labor is the production of art. The main focus is on the close observation and seismographic recording of artistic processes that investigate and deal with socio-political developments (information and biotechnologies, socio-economic systems) and new technologies (hardware and software). The artistic activities are determined by the fact that art is understood as a subsystem of societal and social reality; the media-specific aspect is derived from the designation of this reality by "new" cultural technologies ["new media"].

The esc mkl is programmatically oriented towards the interests of artists as well as current research projects of scientists and theorists. The idea of networking finds expression in the continuous exchange with international artist collectives and the participation in international joint projects.

  • Exhibition

5/12/2023 - 7/7/2023

Desert of Realities, Part I

The title quotes a scene from the film Matrix, in which two realities are confronted.

One resembles the one that the audience recognises as their own, with which they have more or less come to terms; the other reality is apostrophised as the desert of reality, which in contrast to the general reality of experience is an apocalyptic landscape of ruins.

Just as in the destruction of nature and the consequences of climate change, the ruinous has its counterpart in the erosion of social and democratic achievements.

From this perspective, the question arises as to whether our (social) life, as it is largely experienced as real, has not long been indebted to a kind of "matrix".

  • Artists:
  • Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Marco Donnarumma & Ana Rajcevic, Roland Jankowski, knowbotiq, Stefanie Lepp, Superflux, Benjamin Von Wong, Liam Young
  • curated by:
  • esc medien kunst labor

FRI 5/12/2023 6:30 PM

  • Opening
  • Wüste der Wirklichkeiten, Teil I
    Opening with Sabine Flach

    and Schutzengel, droneperformance, Roland Jankowski

SAT 5/13/2023 11:00 AM

  • Performance
  • Wüste der Wirklichkeiten, Teil I
    Schutzengel, droneperformance, Roland Jankowski
    hourly, start on the hour, duration: 5 minutes
    until 5:00 pm

SAT 5/13/2023 1:03 PM

  • Guided Tour
  • Wüste der Wirklichkeiten, Teil I
    Guided Tour with Reni Hofmüller, Ilse Weber