18 January 2017
The New Year has begun with a new Artstripe! The Austrian photographer and filmmaker Timotheus Tomicek has created what is now the 16th contribution to this series of exhibitions in Accenture’s Vienna office.
His work “Daybreak” addresses the magic of elementary images and their ability to evoke intense emotions.
Based on a photo of the dawn taken from the cabin window of an aeroplane the modulation of colour across the entire surface generates a range of atmospheric effects which change with the passing hours. One of these effects is the impression that Artstripe no. 16 is glowing and, partly, floating.
14 December 2015
Against the background of the refugee crisis, the contribution to the 2016 Architecture Biennale not only occupies the pavilion in Venice but also decentrally addresses real projects in Vienna. More concretely, three teams were commissioned to work together with NGOs to plan and accompany the adaptation of vacant buildings for the temporary accommodation of people while their asylum claims are processed. The objective of these interventions is to create humane living spaces for those affected, to subject architecture’s responsibility for social issues to a reality check and to present the results to a broad public in Venice.
11 December 2015
The multifunctional station and building complex "Wien Mitte" is the largest urban construction in Vienna since the Ringstrassen era and one of the most protracted and controversial construction projects in the past three decades. In a situation in which several verdicts on this building already seemed to be passed before it ever was completed, the publication attempts an unbiased and objective gander at the project.
2 November 2015
The long-established Viennese furniture maker Seliger possesses not only a level of know-how about traditional craft techniques that is rarely to be found today but also a workshop which is capable of meeting the most unusual special requests. The traditional family-owned company used these special features as the basis for the development of a future strategy characterised at every turn by the term “bespoke” and the quality that the term conveys. Measures implemented so far include visual communication and the interior design of the company’s premises as well as the launch of a special range of furniture and elements of furnishing in collaboration with Austrian architects and designers.
11 October 2015
In contrast with the dubious past of similar institutions, Alois-Stacher Haus was designed by its architects not as a hospital but, explicitly, as a residential building which treats its elderly residents as autonomous users rather than as disabled persons per se. However, as the residents spend a lot of time in the building, the concept behind the artistic intervention is based on the idea of using individual measures to strengthen connections between the internal spaces and the city and to render changes in the outside world perceptible to those inside the building.
“Flying Gardens” is the title given by the studio mischer'traxler to the kinetic installations which they created for the two central internal courtyards which are inaccessible for reasons of safety. These installations dissolve the static appearance of the areas of water and greenery in the two courtyards by means of a gentle, vertical movement which creates a dynamic, floating, three-dimensional image of nature. A further installation in the entrance area translates weather data measured on the roof of the building into a similar, continuously changing setting which, once again, recalls natural processes.
The wall designs by the artist Marlene Hausegger facilitate a similar process of transfer from outside to inside, although this is achieved using technical and formally minimal means. The motifs for the six large areas of wall adjacent to the lift landings also draw from natural phenomena and were created using a total of 51,640 off-the-shelf coloured tacks which were positioned by hand.
Dependent upon the angle of observation, these quasi “pointillist” compositions produce a varying, dynamic image which, thanks to the additional haptic component, can also be perceived by simple touch.