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PROSUMER (in Protections)


Gutshaus Kranz am Landesmuseum Joanneum Lendkai 1, A-8020 Graz, Austria

Opening: 23.09.2006, 11am

Exhibition from 23 September to 22 October, Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-6pm, Thursdays open to 8pm


German version here

PROSUMER in Kunsthaus Graz

With PROSUMER, the Centre of Attention are putting the whole world on exhibition, unedited, uncensored, unfabricated, uninterfered with. In fact they are presenting the world as a found object.

Unless the viewers are put in a commercial relationship to the work of art they will be oblivious to PROSUMER as a work of art.

No manner of instruction or education will persuade them otherwise.

The quickest way to do this is to commodify the work.

So there will be a charge of 3 euros



In attempting to prime expectation we wish to frame perception, sensitising it to the manifestation of the world; after all art is what human beings do.

It is a disorientation, a trove exhibition, a dematerialised fabrication, a communication with gesture not word.

It is born of a discourse with the curators, of argument, refutation, obstacles and consent.

A measure of the cost of freedom, the processing of individuality and the disappointment of new departures.






PROSUMER is part of the exhibition protections curated by Adam Budak and Christine Peters.

"Protections forces attention on social relations; their ephemeral and chance nature and the urge we have for stability and social order, it brings into focus this obsessive hanging-on to a threatened and damaged security and our longing for care and comfort. This is in fact not an exhibition at all. Conceived as a situational, living project Protections strikes theatrical sparks, it focuses attention on the exhibition as a flowing, interactive format in a process of coming into being that simply does not exist without the presence of those who visit it.

Protections is a polyphonic edifice, an arrangement of changing, self-questioning multiplicity: from architectural interventions, performances, theatrical forms and performative installations through to film, conceptual and discursive studies. The complex and provocative architecture of the Gutshaus Kranz as well as the social and cultural milieu of the city constitute the matrix for all artistic approaches gathered within this project.

The exhibition is an experience that is renewed on a daily basis."

Participating artists:
Cezary Bodzianowski, the Centre of Attention, Katrina Daschner, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tim Etchells, Vlatka Horvat, Christian Jankowski, Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings, Katarina Löfström, Daria Martin, Kris Martin, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Warren Neidich, Roman Ondak, Elisabeth Penker, Philippe Rahm, Markus Schinwald, Dejan Spasovic, Apolonija Šušteršic, Mark Wallinger, Markus Weisbeck, Herwig Weiser

Coproduction of Gutshaus Kranz & steirischer herbst


Gutshaus Kranz