Peter Ablinger (AT), Demi Broxa (AT), dieb13 (AT), Christian Fennesz (AT), Peter Herbert (AT), Mira Lu Kovacs (AT), Bernhard Lang (AT), Max Nagl (AT), Olga Neuwirth (AT), u.v.a.
23/09 – 08/10
Stadtwerke-Haus (Holding Graz)
Akademie Graz
designforum Steiermark

Austrian artists pay tribute to New York music

With affectionate homages in an ingenious acoustic exhibition at the Stadtwerke-Haus (Holding Graz), Akademie Graz and designforum Steiermark, Austrian composers dedicate themselves to the city of New York and its famous figures.

musikprotokoll goes New York. In collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), the project has led to fifteen homages by Austrian musicians to artists inseparably linked with New York City. Olga Neuwirth, for example, devotes her homage to lyrical rock musician Patti Smith, Andrea Sodomka pays tribute to experimental artist Yoko Ono, Patrick Pulsinger honours minimal music star Philip Glass, and Christian Fennesz conjures up the accomplishments of 80s’ icon Cyndi Lauper.

When Peter Herbert makes musical reference to Charles Mingus and, in the same context, Peter Ablinger to Morton Feldman, the focus musically is on historical modernism and how it is handled. The historical modernism of the city of Graz is woven into these transatlantic tributes: musikprotokoll is presenting these homages in the Stadtwerke-Haus of all places – a house built by Rambald von Steinbüchel-Rheinwall in 1931, the only building in the centre of Graz that was ever built in the modernist style of that time. Its sensational staircase and its architectural neighbours – Akademie Graz and designforum Steiermark – are the venues for the homages to New York in Graz, that visitors will be able to experience through headphones in an ingenious acoustic exhibition.

A production from musikprotokoll, steirischer herbst and GrazMuseum. This project is part of the exhibition Diese Wildnis hat Kultur - 50 x steirischer herbst.