ARTISTS IN DISCOURSE
Their visions and poetic utopias invite you to look at areas of social tension from new perspectives. Installations, performances as well as literary, visual, and musical works make this perceptible, visible, and audible. International cultural institutions, artists, and local scholarship holders conceive and realise experimental and interdisciplinary works that are specifically tailored to the European Forum Alpbach. Let unusual encounters and unexpected situations surprise you!
In keeping with this year’s general theme, “The Great Transformation,” composer Olga Neuwirth has invited contributors from different generations and artistic backgrounds to discuss for a day: the focus will be on pushing genres boundaries, on how one field of knowledge spills over into others and about turning the familiar into something special. Moreover, Neuwirth believes that the most precious individuals in a society are often ostracized—the wisest among us, pushed to the fringes. We are delighted to present the world premiere of a music-installation by Olga Neuwirth and to welcome cabaret icon, singer-songwriter Justin Vivian Bond, journalist Ingrid Brodnig, vocalist and performance artist Helga Davis, author Guillermo Martínez, spoken-word poet Fatima Moumouni, artist Mavi Phoenix, and scientist Niki Popper.
10 am onwards (analogue):
Olga Neuwirth’s CoronAtion IV: whoever brought me here performed by Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron
12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (analogue):
Olga Neuwirth, Ingrid Brodnig, Fatima Moumouni and Mavi Phoenix
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (hybrid):
Olga Neuwirth, Ingrid Brodnig, Guillermo Martínez and Niki Popper
5:15 p.m. bis 6:15 p.m. (hybrid):
Olga Neuwirth, Ingrid Brodnig, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Helga Davis and Fatima Moumouni
Exhibitions and installations that invite all visitors to unusual encounters for the entire duration of the European Forum Alpbach.
OUTSIDE | INSIDE by Anna Artaker
OUTSIDE | INSIDE lists the people who appear by name in the annual programmes of the European Forum Alpbach since it first convened 75 years ago. First and last names are displayed on the glass walls of the Congress Centrum Alpbach, with a distinction made between male and female participants: Women’s names can be read from outside, men’s names from inside. This arrangement emphasises the position of the readers, who are either inside or outside the building. The dates that establish the chronology are legible only when viewed from outside together with the women’s names. The layout assigns women the position of the historian, who writes history from her point of view. This standpoint is amplified in the Augmented Reality version of the work, projecting the names of over 3,300 women into the environment of the users while omitting the names of more than 13,000 men.
Head over to the Augmented Reality room by clickingor scanning the QR Code below.
Research: Arthur Adam and Anja Stix
Typography: Manuel Radde
Production: Stefan Lettenbichler | pro-info.systems | Innsbruck
Baumann Werbetechnik I Fügen I Zillertal
Digital Concept Development: LWZ Design & Animation OG
Web Development: Huangart
Thank you: Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, Elisabeth Schack, Clara Rindler-Schantl and Robert Scharf
Sponsored by: HS Timber Group
We invite all conference participants to take part in a multisensory adventure, either at home or in Alpbach. "The Walks" is an app with a series of walks by Rimini Protokoll. Each walk is a short audio experience for a specific place in your city and an invitation to rediscover and interact with your environment. It only takes approx. 20 minutes to do an audio walk. Get going whenever you want and share your experiences afterwards online on our Hopin platform by posting a note using the Miro tool! You decide how many of the walks you’d like to do and in what order. The stories and soundscapes in the short audio experiences are global in scope.
"The Walks" connects people around the world in a local experience via the fundamental human action of walking. Walking in public gained new meaning with the COVID-19 pandemic. An ancient, daily ritual became an integral part of the new normal. People meet, walk, stroll through neighborhoods, play in landscapes, and perceive their environment anew with every stride. "The Walks" understands walking as a theatrical scenario – an audio-guided walk in parks, a staged walk in supermarkets, or timed interactions on riverbanks. In every city, voices, sounds, and music turn familiar places into sites and landscapes into stages, step by step through storytelling, dialogical situations, choreographic discoveries, or musical and rhythmic variations on walking.
Install the app on your smartphone by downloading it from the App Store or Google Play. The first walk is automatically included for free. To unlock the remaining walks, the European Forum Alpbach has secured 1000 codes that will be given out to conference participants who respond to a brief questionnaire. Upon answering two short questions correctly, you will receive an activation code that you can redeem in the app. To ensure that the app runs smoothly, you should have a current operating system (5 or later for Android or 13 or later for iOS). You will need 100 MB of storage space on your device to install the app. "The Walks" is an invitation to walk at varying speeds and intensities. More detailed information about each walk is available in the app.
Script, Direction: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Idea, Dramaturgy: Cornelius Puschke
App Development: Steffen Klaue, Alexander Morosow
Sounddesign / Mastering: Frank Böhle
Music / Composition: Frank Böhle et al. (see individual walks)
Graphic Design: Ilona Marti
Voice Recordings: Rimini Protokoll, studio lärm, and Lorenz Rollhäuser
Production Manager: Maitén Arns
Production Assistant: Steven Sander
App Development Assistant: Gaétan Langlois-Meurinne
Translation: Panthea (Naomi Boyce, Aurélien Foster, Anna Galt, Erica Grossi, Vivian Ia, Adrien Leroux, Lianna Mark, Samuel Petit, Yanik Riedo, Lorenzo de Sabbata)
Experts / Contributors: Erdem Gunduz, Stephanie Haug, Katja Otto, Martin Schmitz, Antonio Tagliarini
Speakers: Bente Bausum, Melanie Baxter-Jones, Lena Bruun Bondeson, Lène Calvez, Maimouna Coulibaly, Louisa Devins, Margot Gödros, Melissa Holroyd, Christiane Hommelsheim, Stéphane Hugel, Timur Isik, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Lara Körte, Koffi Kra, Alexandra Lauck, Max Lechat, Joshua Lerner, Steve Mekoudja, Lara-Sophie Milagro, Kamran Sorusch, Antonio Tagliarini, Lucie Zelger
Documentation / Trailer: Expander Film (Stefan Korsinsky, Lilli Kuschel)
Thank you: Barcelona Cicle de l’Aigua, Milagro Alvarez, Ignasi Batalle Barber, Aljoscha Begrich, Andreas Fischbach, Jannis Grimm (Institute for the Study of Protest and Social Movements), Ant Hampton, Lilli Kuschel, Jan Meuel, Barbara Morgenstern, Ricardo Sarmiento, Hilla Steiner, Enric Tello, Valentin Wetzel, SA, Gustavo Ramon Wilhelmi
A production by Rimini Apparat. In co-production with European Forum Alpbach, creart / Teatrelli, BorderLight – International Theatre + Fringe Festival Cleveland, Fondazione Armonie d’Arte, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts, International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Zona K, Festival PERSPECTIVES.
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
EFA Loggia - A Space for Encounters
The loggia is a space for relaxation and for debate! Or you can just let your eye wander. Up on the roof of the Congress Centrum Alpbach you can find an inside and outside space in one. Take some time for yourself, alone or in company.
Look out for the “Speakers’ Library”! What books have inspired you lately? We’ll also be asking this question the speakers at this year’s Forum. This means you can get to know the speakers from a whole new angle and get a sense of the books Europe is (or should be) reading. Browse books across all genres and languages in the Congress Centrum Alpbach or look out for our “Book of the Day” online!
A format where artists get the opportunity to deal with this year's tracks in a performative manner.
Opening of the European Forum Alpbach - Past the Storm, A Dream for Europe
Ringing in a brave new chapter for European leadership on August 24, this year's opening pays homage to lessons learned and big ideas ahead of us. The multi-talented jazz musician Vincent Pongrácz surprises with a world premiere of concentrated power, played by Klangforum Wien. Open-minded, virtuosic in performance, and aurally perceptive, Klangforum Wien is one of the internationally renowned ensembles for contemporary music, devoted to the artistic interpretation and expansion of experiential space. A performance of Klangforum Wien is an event in the best sense of the word.
Pongrácz says about his composition HY COTYL: "The balance between what people want to achieve and the fundamental values needed as a stabilising counter pole fascinate me. The relationship between the root and the visible part of plants serves as a metaphor for this: the connection between foundation and progress. Hypocotyl is the connecting piece of root and cotyledon in certain groups of plants. The title HY COTYL is a newly created word and derives from this." In his composition, Pongrácz looks back at music that the European Forum Alpbach commissioned in its 75-year history, creating a sensual experience with an intensity that one cannot escape:
"Modern with reference to tradition; minimalist quotations from Paul Engel and Gottfried von Einem; inspired by Olivier Messiaen, Gerard Grisey and Ben Johnston; abstract rhythms from popular electronic music; powerful yet invitingly introverted."
This composition was commissioned by the European Forum Alpbach. It was written by Vincent Pongrácz in spring 2020.
Performed by Klangforum Wien:
Gábor Káli (conductor)
Thomas Frey (flute); Markus Deuter (oboe); Olivier Vivarès (clarinet); Bernhard Zachhuber (clarinet); Gerald Preinfalk (saxophone, tubax); Edurne Santos (bassoon); Christoph Walder (horn); Aleš Klančar (trumpet); Stefan Obmann (trombone); Christian Poitinger (bass trombone); Gabriel Vogelauer (percussion); Lukas Schiske (percussion); Ana Ostojic, (grand piano, celesta); Krassimir Sterev (accordion); Isabel Goller (harp); Sophie Schafleitner (violin); Gunde Jäch-Micko (violin); Maxime Desert (viola) ; Andreas Lindenbaum (violoncello); Manuel Mayr (double bass)
Supported by: Land Tirol
NO CURE FOR LIFE – a whodunit living room drama
On August 28, artists Sarah Vanhee and Brit Hatzius will open the Health Conference. NO CURE FOR LIFE is a dark-comical play about death in a global capitalist society in the 21st century. For some, death has been suspended; for others, it is the only fate and certainty. For all, the ultimate ideal seems to be: to live without death. Yet we are collectively ill. What does life mean without death inside us? If you have no disease, does that mean you are healthy? Is a world without suffering desirable? Is it a privilege to ask these questions? What future is there for the living? Shush, shush, take this pill, and you will die no more.
Eat the Coal
Initiating the Economic Conference on August 29, the artist duo honey & bunny invite you to a big game! They will divide the Forum into speculative fields. Nothing less than earth is at stake. The future rests on it. We can speculate about it. Earth is coal. Earth is mineral. Earth is life. So much rests in the earth. It is the location of (violent) human striving. It is dirt, it can even poison the air and water to death. honey & bunny take the coal and some bread. They speculate about legacy. They transform the Congress Centrum Alpbach into an “eat art” installation - we may have to get our hands dirty.
Home – A State of Being Moved
On September 1, you can experience a multimedia performance that opens the Political Conference. Choreographer/dancer/musician Simon Mayer and video artist/documentary filmmaker Teresa Distelberger declare breath as home and home as a state of being moved – a place where complexity and simplicity, order and chaos exist at the same time – just like a colorful greyzone. What seems like a paradox, becomes clearer when the trance states of being moved and the video work start a dialogue, in order to question the common mis-/understanding of home as a place of stability, traditions, conventions, safety, nationalism, borders and folk culture. While whirling into the unknown, the dervish philosophy of ‘finding peace in the midst of chaosʼ is getting embodied. The performance proposes to inhale an unknown feeling of home by welcoming change and celebrating the states of being moved.
Concerts, readings, and specially designed formats that surprise in terms of content and aesthetics in astonishing constellations.
On September 1, the Tyrolean Chamber Orchestra InnStrumenti invites you to an inspiring contemporary concert evening. Renowned Austrian composers such as Manu Delago, Richard Dünser, Thomas Larcher and Antonia Manhartsberger present innovative works on the pulse of time with outstanding soloists such as Chris Norz, Michael Schöch, and Stephanie Treichl. They approach the invisible changes in our life reality from different perspectives in a musical and playful way.
Richard Dünser …delle cose invisibile…III for oboe and strings
Antonia Manhartsberger Sie stürzt die Mächtigen
Manu Delago The Carpenter Bee transformed for marimba and orchestra
Thomas Larcher Böse Zellen for piano and orchestra
Stephanie Treichl (oboe)
Chris Norz (marimba)
Michael Schöch (grand piano)
Antonia Manhartsberger (composer, voice)
Gerhard Sammer (conductor)
Agnieszka Kulowska (concert master)
Andreas Kaufmann (violin); Valerie Gahl (violin); Kazimierz Michalik (violin); Sarah Kurz (violin); Sophie Trobos (violin); Nelson Diaz-Guerrero (violin); Danai Tzina (violin); Evi Singer (violin); Lydia Kurz (violin); Andrej Jablokov (violin); Christian Marshall (viola); Bahram Pietsch (viola); Andreas Trenkwalder (viola); Lisi Kainrath (viola); Nicolas Faure (violoncello); Snezana Trajkovski (violoncello); Lucie Schwarze (violoncello); David Craffonara (double bass); Joachim Pedarnig (double bass); Sarah Foidl (flute); Maria Marshall (oboe); Werner Hangl (clarinet); Stephan Moosmann (clarinet); Erhard Ploner (bassoon); Bernhard Desing (bassoon); Martin Schöch (horn); Franziska Theis (horn); Thomas Steinbrucker (trumpet); Martin Sillaber (trumpet); Georg Pranger (trombone); Andreas Schiffer (percussion); Christoph Mayr (timpani)
In our professional and private lives, each of us plays a role. Expand and explore your role in an unusual way in our new A³ Alpbach Arts Ateliers!
We now offer special artistic workshops to all on-site participants in Alpbach to expand their skills. During the Seminar Week there already is a great emphasis on artistic and skill-orientated seminars for our scholarship holders. For the very first time this year, we are expanding these offerings into the conference itself. Learn new and stimulating artistic approaches and dive into outstanding personal experiences. The workshops will expand your skills and enable you to push intellectual and emotional limits!
No previous experience necessary – everyone with a conference ticket is welcome! Prior registration is necessary on a first come, first served basis. Details on how to register will follow soon!
A³ Alpbach Art Atelier: Alter Europa
Europe’s future lies in your hands? On September 28, this artistic workshop offers an experience of collective thought production that awakens the philosopher in you to explore new concepts of Europe and its relations to the world. History can be rewritten, yet often we are immersed in a seemingly teleological perspective on the course of events that frustrates possible alternatives. In a dynamic process we will unhinge given realities and turn you into a producer of new ideas. No previous experience necessary!
A³ Alpbach Art Atelier: Music
Join this workshop on August 31! In professional and private life, each of us plays a role. Explore your role “in an unusual way”! During the Seminar Week there has already been an emphasis on artistic and skill-orientated seminars. Arts scholars from the Music and Arts University of Vienna will share their knowledge and help you learn new stimulating artistic approaches. You will dive into outstanding personal experiences. Surprise yourself in overcoming intellectual and emotional limits! No previous experience necessary!