Vienna Art Week 2017 - Editorial

Photo: Christian Wind

Vienna’s art scene is thriving – and so is VIENNA ART WEEK. DOROTHEUM initiated the festival in 2005 with the aim of bolstering art hotspot Vienna and its great “players” on the international scene. Now the annual November art week has become an established “great” in its own right. We’re proud of that!

Headlined by the motto “Transforming Technology,” VIENNA ART WEEK 2017 addresses the broad range of questions posed by digitalization and automation. As passionate “early adapters,” artists and creatives are quick to grasp technological changes and develop previously unimagined ways of applying them. Society benefits from a strong, active art scene that points to alternative solutions and opportunities for technological transformation and beyond, particularly in uncertain times.

So what does the digitalization of all areas of life mean for the art hub Vienna? The question is at the heart of our Art & Technology Line-Up on Tuesday, 14 November. 22 participants including Julie Boukobza, curator and head of 89plus (Paris), curator and activist Ben Vickers, filmmaker and multi-media artist Virgil Widrich, and François Roche with Avatar S/He will address the dynamic interplay of art and technology. A Performances by Moon Ribas, co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, and Bernhard Rasinger’s fascinating show with a self-developed laser system offer a live glimpse of technological innovations in art.

We are especially looking forward to the first-ever Alternative Spaces Open House on Wednesday, 15 November, for which ten non-institutional art spaces will keep their doors open from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. On Saturday, 18 November, programs around the non-institutional scene, one of the centerpieces of VIENNA ART WEEK, conclude with the specially-themed “Focus Alternative Spaces 1050” in Vienna’s 5th district. Personal encounters with Vienna’s creative artists and culture professionals are as important to us as exciting events in museums and galleries. So on Saturday, 18 November, more than 50 artists will be welcoming visitors to their studios in the context of Open Studio Day – a perennial hit and an absolute VIENNA ART WEEK highlight.

We are extremely grateful to our dedicated staff, partners and sponsors, and would like to wish all our visitors inspiring hours at Vienna’s art venues!

Text by Martin Böhm, Anja Hasenlechner, Robert Punkenhofer:

Martin Böhm
President of Art Cluster

Vienna Anja Hasenlechner
Project Manager of VIENNA ART WEEK

Robert Punkenhofer
Artistic Director of VIENNA ART WEEK

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