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ADMONT : EXHIBITION : ART THAT BRINGS TOGETHER THE BLIND AND THE SIGHTED

  

Spezial-Sammlung "JENSEITS DES SEHENS . KUNST VERBINDET BLINDE UND SEHENDE" . Special Collection "BEYOND SEEING . ART BRINGS TOGETHER THE BLIND AND THE SIGHTED" 2012

 

The exhibition from Admont/Austria will be shown soon in the center of contemporary art WINZAVOD in MOSCOW!

 

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In cooperation of:

 

Admont Abbey, The “Winzavod” Centre for Contemporary Art, The Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow

 

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The purpose of art is to move, and this project is designed to do just that. Two factors make this exhibition project very special:

 

Admont Abbey, a monastery of the Benedictine order, was founded in 1074, making it one of the oldest monasteries in Austria. Its collections of contemporary art are of an international standard and the Abbey is showing one of its most important art projects outside Austria for the first time.

 

Winzavod is the first and the biggest Сenter of Contemporary Art in Russia founded in 2007. It is a platform for exhibitions, festivals and educational programs in contemporary art, cinematography, architecture and design. Over 1000 people come to visit this place every day. Winzavod collaborates with several Moscow, regional and international cultural institutions.

 

The exhibition “Beyond the Seeing” is a unique art collection that will enable a large number of sighted and blind visitors to the exhibition in Moscow to enjoy a very special experience of art.

 

In 2002 Admont Abbey commissioned 25 artists as part of the “collection in progress” project to create works designed essentially for both sighted and sight-impaired people under the title “Beyond the Seeing”.

 

A common trait of all these works of art is that the sense of sight is not the primary means of perception. Each of the works can be experienced in different ways by both blind people and sighted people blindfolded. Of course the works all have a form too as they are more or less artistically designed, in accordance with their purpose. So in this sense the objects, images, installations and/or multimedia works are also visible. They have their own, often stunning aesthetic. The exhibits can be perceived using the sense of touch, hearing and smell... For blind people they are accessible without barriers. For sighted visitors it is also an opportunity to experience art in an unexpected and even playful way – quite differently, and quite novel. Sighted people are able to “picture” what the world “looks” like for blind people.

 

The spectrum of artworks created so far ranges from simple sculptural to highly complex multimedia works and combinations of photo/Braille works, which can only be “acquired” through a dialogue between the blind and the sighted.

 

The “Beyond the Seeing” collection derives its potential from the context of the whole, the leitmotifs, the different approaches adopted by the artists, and the special way in which the process of communication is shaped and interacts with and between the visitors, both blind and sighted. We see the mediation as a process that goes beyond the formal programme of art mediation. Interactive and hands-on formats and attitudes are crucial to achieving a lasting effect.

 

The artworks can be physically explored, sensed and experienced directly. Gloves are not required. A certain range of movement should be taken into account.

 

Artistic director & exhibition curator: Michael Braunsteiner

 

Project Management: Pater Winfried Schwab, Elena Panteleeva, Simon Mraz

 

Artists: Adi Brunner, Anna Ermolaeva, Constanze Ruhm, David Moises, Emil Siemeister, Fabio Zolly, Gustav Troger, Hannelore Demel-Lerchster, Hans Winkler, Heribert Friedl, Johannes Deutsch, Julie Hayward, Karl Karner, Karl Leitgeb, Maria Hahnenkamp, Martin Walde, Matthias Gommel, Michael Gumhold, Michael Kienzer, Michael Maier, Norbert Trummer, Stefan Gyurko, Thomas Baumann, Thomas Hoke, Werner Reiterer, Wolfgang Becksteiner

 

Opening: 27th of November 2013

 

Duration of the exhibition: 28th of November 2013 – 12th January 2014

 

“Winzavod” Centre for Contemporary Art

Moscow, Siromatnitsheskiy, 1, bld. 6

Tel.: +7 (495) 917 4646

 

www.winzavod.ru

 

The collection in Admont:

 

www.stiftadmont.at/english/museum/museum/blindenkunst.php

 

Catalogue download:

 

www.stiftadmont.at/deutsch/downloads/Katalog-JS-kern-.pdf

 

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