From June 2 to June 17, around 152 nationally and internationally active artists in the Sandleiten area of the Ottakring district of Vienna will design 36 art projects on the theme “Beyond Discomfort – On Working with the Community”, including concerts, exhibitions, workshops, public interventions Space, growing archives, performances, film screenings, discussion events, children’s theater and a symposium.
Opening Sat, 2 June, 5 pm – 12 midnight
Sun, 3 June 2018, 5 pm – 9 pm
Wed – Sun 10 June and Wed, 13 – Sat, 16 June, 5 pm – 9 pm
Festival Closing Sun, 17 June 5 pm – 12 midnight
Beyond Discomfort: Of Working on the Community
When the ground jolts and anxiety for a secure future spreats like a fire, the delicate flame that stands for democracy is extinquished in the hearts of many people. Discomfort and the power of social division grow, which results in the exclusion of the “others” and the “weaker”. When this becomes reality, we all lose in the end.
The valueof democracy comes with tangible things: education, future perspectives, social affiliation, quality of work. The flexible individual, who may not bind himself or herself and flutters from (virtual) place to place, is not a sustainable future model.
Democratic values seem to be coming increasingly meaningless and are being questioned in the face of the many crises that affect the lives of everyone in more or less disconcerting ways. Will democracy survive?
In an endless entanglementof causalities, the complexities of problems and challenges that future generations will inherit might no longer be manageable.
On the other hand, it is amazing how quickly a system of interdependencies threatens to collapse when the wheels are stalled – wheter by natural forces or by endless conflicts over The consequences are eradication, flight, radicalization, poverty, death. We all perceive the devastation.
When a democratically organized, “safe” world feels threatened and a nation state is caught in the whirlwind of world events, the neo-liberal system reveals its destructive force. Under the cover of demodracy, it continues its path of human exploitation and resource destruction in a post-colonial tradition, as long as it may.
In this context, working on the community has a special significance.The commitment of Civil Society is essential for solidarity and social cohersion. The power of solidarity expersienced during the “refugee crisis” in the fall months of 2015 is an example.
In small steps and with patience, trust and the desire for sharing must grow again. The creative potentials of art can provide a concrete impetus for new forces to unfold.