OPEN THE LINK . MANFRED ERJAUTZ
WHITE CUBE IN THE MUSEUM OF ADMONT MONASTERY . Collection “BEYOND SEEING – Art unites the blind and the sighted”
This special collection is an independent collection module within the contemporary art collection. It currently comprises 27 contemporary art works that are equally accessible to the blind and the sighted. Since 2002, select artists have been commissioned for that purpose. They have developed different approaches to this special topic that addresses blindness and vision impairment. In dialogue with those affected, they challenge themselves to study their perception of the world and, in turn, to reflect on their own perceptions, physical navigation systems and their own respective artistic production.
This process engendered artworks that can be directly explored and experienced on a multi-sensory level. The spectrum extends from simple structural and highly complex multimedia works right up to works that evolved in dialogues between the blind and the sighted.
The collection is conceived as a proactive invitation to the blind to participate in a discourse on contemporary art, in order to inaugurate a process that will expand the boundaries of ART SHARING and SPACE SHARING. The collection offers the chance to encounter different worlds, to engage in an exchange between them as well as for mutual enrichment. A common space that evolves in a cooperative process. Sighted people can find hands-on, innovative, approaches to art as well as different styles and worlds of perceptions and interpretations. The collection also thematises the quality of experience of the senses as a different art category, as embodying a different artistic value. This art project, which is unique to all of Europe, offers a new approach to contemporary art.
“BEYOND SEEING – Art unites the blind and the sighted” was first presented to the public in 2012 at the Museum of Admont Abbey – to commemorate its 10th anniversary.
In 2013/14, the collection was reviewed at the Centre of Contemporary Art Winzavod in Moscow. It generated consistently positive reactions and made lasting impact right there.
The collection was developed and presented with the help of scientific researchers and is accompanied by multimedia documentation. A film project is envisaged that will document the process of reception over many years. The interactions between the blind and the sighted have generated a comprehensive know-how and facilitated the development of new approaches for mediation and reception.
Future exhibition sites for the coming years are currently under discussion.
Michael Braunsteiner, Curator
Barbara Eisner-B., Coach | Research Assistant | Documentation | Film Project
Featuring works of:
Thomas Baumann, Wolfgang Becksteiner, Adi Brunner, Hannelore Demel-Lerchster, Johannes Deutsch, Manfred Erjautz, Heribert Friedl, Matthias Gommel, Michael Gumhold, Stefan Gyurko, Maria Hahnenkamp, Julie Hayward, Tomas Hoke, Anna Jermolaewa, Karl Karner, Michael Kienzer, Karl Leitgeb, Michael Maier, David Moises, Werner Reiterer, Constanze Ruhm, Emil Siemeister, Gustav Troger, Norbert Trummer, Martin Walde, Hans Winkler, Fabio Zolly