CONCEPT FILM (I). Dorit Margreiter/Ursula Mayer 

An exhibition in collaboration with Medienturm Graz

In a long-term collaboration with the Diagonale, the Medienturm Art Association is planning the CONCEPT FILM multipart series of events which are concerned with the relationship of film and its representation and position in the exhibition space. The open engagement of artists, both spatial and in terms of content, with the film medium, which enables a combining of other artistic processes in relation to this central filmhistory coded domain, is explored using representative positions.

The beginning of the series of events, was designed with Dorit Margreiter and Ursula Mayer, two artists who are essential to this context, and who shift and extend the specific context of film with questions about materiality, production and history. Despite very different approaches
the two artists are united by an interest in issues of presentation and historicity of spaces and
architectures, in the subjective designs of (artistically intrinsic) processes of memory and their intersections, and in playing with figures in a clearly defined setting, which can lead to lovingly detailed, in part narrative re-enactments. In three installation works, the medium of film gives a topical insight into female figures and architectures with modernist connotations. This respectfully lifts them slightly from their context and confronts them with a “new” history.

Project sponsor: BAWAG P.S.K

Press preview: 18.3.2009, 11.00am
Opening: 18.3.2009, 7.00pm
Duration of exhibition: 19.3.–30.5.2009, Tue–Sat 10 am–1.00 pm, Wed–Fri 3 pm–6.00pm

Location: Kunstverein Medienturm, Josefigasse 1, 8020 Graz


Dariusz Kowalski. Interrogation Room  

Exhibition in collaboration with Kunsthaus Graz

Are spaces, power structures and regimes of the gaze alike? What formation of power and media representations determine the structure of the gaze in architecture and film? Dariusz Kowalski examines these questions in the Interrogation Room installation, by analysing the
ambivalence of the transition from observation to surveillance. In the exhibition accompanying this year's Diagonale trailer, the artist positions himself on the fragile fault line between voyeurism and control, and reveals the staging in place.

The starting point for the third artist collaboration with Kunsthaus Graz and Diagonale is the spatial positioning of associations from psychiatry and criminal investigation, located in the mirror room or interrogation room, which Kowalski interrogates on many levels, as model, as accessible film set installation and in the medium of film itself.

Dariusz Kowalski's Interrogation Room is a real room, but it also functions as a set for a film and in this way
creates a correspondence between the spatial realisation of the exhibition's concept and the
immateriality of the cinema. In recreating the interrogation room and making it accessible – he therefore simultaneously also interrogates the filmic process – Dariusz Kowalski takes on the challenge of making precisely this constructedness an issue.

Press preview: 5.3.2009, 5.00 pm
Opening: 5.3.2009, 7.00 pm
Duration of Exhibition: 6.3.–26.4.2009, Tue–Sun 10.00am–06.00pm
Location: Kunsthaus Graz, Space02, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz