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HAPPENINGText: Christina Merl

A dilapidated dwelling serves 15 artists as exhibition space.

The housing stock in the 15th administrative district of Vienna, also known as Rudolfsheim-Fuenfhaus, is ageing and not generally in very good condition. The physical fabric of many houses is problematic.

Elke Groen and Sladjan Krklec

Accordingly, the refurbishment of old housing stock has been a major topic there. Recently, 15 artists presented their design ideas in a dilapidated dwelling in Storchengasse 21 in cooperation with the Rudolfsheim-Fuenfhaus district festival.

Andrea Starl

Like other buildings, “Storchengasse 21” is going to be converted and renovated in a major way. But what distinguishes the object from others is the exhibition “zuhaus.” (“at home”), a project organised by Renate Huber in cooperation with the

Ivan-Igor Sapic

The idea of the project is that 15 artists present their design ideas in this somewhat extraordinary exhibition space. The various design ideas deal with both personal memories of former dwellers and the history of the building itself, which originally served as a home for the Israeli temple association Emunath Awoth. Founded in 1863, the association satisfied the religious needs of the population in the district and at the same time was a school for boys (from “Judisches Wien”, Jewish Vienna, boehlau publishing house).

Renate Huber

The artists – Aimee Blaskovic, Renate Huber, Andrea Starl, Letizia Werth, Modelabel unartig, Elke Groen and Sladjan Krklec, Ed Balint, Raoul Krischanitz, Kurt Prinz, Robert Resac, Ivan-Igor Sapic, Franz Wassermann, Marcus Zobl – deal with architecture, space and design in their daily work.

The programme in “Storchengasse 21” has involved information events on municipal housing concepts as well as readings, DJ-line (electronic circus: Romanova + Trixta), visuals (Markus Bohm & Matthias Gotz) and music concerts (Iron Madlz, Wolfgang Wenka und Stefan Tielsch).

Project coordinator: Renate Huber and, in cooperation with
“at home Immobilien GmbH – Wohnprojekte + Ideen”
Date: June 4th – 20th, 2004
Address: 21 Storchengasse, 1150 Vienna

Text: Christina Merl
Photos: Renate Huber

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