Wilten Vermessen: Presentation by Studio Fundus
Nov 16, 2023

Wilten Vermessen Openspace Innsbruck

On 17.11.2023, at 7 PM, Studio Fundus together with Magic Carpets invites to the finissage of “Wilten vermessen” at Openspace.Innsbruck! 

As part of “Kollaboratorium”, the current “Magic Carpets” project cycle, openspace creates a safe space for artistic experimentation that serves the cultivation of multiple perspectives to encourage critical reflection and action. This includes exchange and engagement as much as inspiring learning formats for and with the local cultural landscape. In 2023, we thereby focussed on the theme “common landscape”. 

Following the successful residency of the Ukrainian duo Open Place (Yulia Kostereva and Yuriy Kruchak) in early summer 2023, another artist duo – Juri Velt and Johannes Reisigl – performed at openspace.innsbruck in October with their hybrid radio research framework “Roaming Rumours of Resistance”. 

We are now ending our annual program with a project by Studio Fundus about and for our Wilten neighbourhood. In July, our artistic activities in the neighbourhood overlapped and connected – people got to know each other and supported each other in their processes – just as good neighbourly relations should be. Studio Fundus became part of the Magic Carpets artist pool and we cordially invite you all to the finissage of “Wilten vermessen” and to come together in our beloved neighbourhood. 

Surveying Wilten. 

Surveying a district, walking through it and questioning it. Tracing its spaces and structures. Weaving together stories and narratives. Photographing, recording, rubbing and tasting Wilten. Together with residents and users, we traced the Innsbruck district of Wilten. What does Wilten sound like? How does it taste? What do people associate with the place, which paths do they take and which real and fictitious boundaries do they cross in the process? Wilten Vermessen was an open invitation to everyone to experience the place in a new way, to enter into an exchange with it and with others. 

Photographing Wilten. 

When the sun is at its highest, the shadows become shorter – and so does the exposure time. The residents and users of Wilten were depicted in spontaneously choreographed group portraits using the cyanotype process. Outlines of people, dogs and objects tell of work, leisure and relationships with one another. 

Recording Wilten. 

What does a district sound like? What sounds can be captured in Wilten? In exploratory tours, sound experiments and sound games, the vibrations of Wilten were traced and collected at a wasteland at the Grassmayr intersection. There, voices, music, street noises and a glockenspiel overlapped. 

Rubbing up Wilten. 

Sensing surfaces and making them visible. In a performative walk through the district, the district structure was rubbed down piece by piece. Unevenness was recorded, torn open and reassembled into a new image. What haptic experience does our environment offer? 

Tasting Wilten. 

What does Wilten taste like? A lavishly laid breakfast table invited us to make connections between flavours and engage in conversation. Traces from the previous explorations could be experienced and little pieces of Wilten could be taken home. 

Celebrating Wilten. 

The different elements of Wilten Vermessen are brought together. Gathered together in one room, new axes and perspectives are found. The joint explorations are made tangible. The space in the middle of the district is opened up and invited to celebrate together. 

On 17.11.2023, 19:00 PM Openspace.Innsbruck Mentlgasse 12b 

A project by Studio Fundus

Artistic direction and realisation: Veronika Hackl, Perihan Seifried, Teresa Wally in cooperation with Stadtteiltreff Wilten and Magic Carpets / openspace.Innsbruck. 

Studio Fundus is an interdisciplinary working collective that combines competencies and experience from the fields of design, humanities and social sciences, mediation and exhibition making. This pool of ideas and interests is the basis for their projects. In a process of working together, they explore the urban environment and the society in which they live with open eyes. The aim is to collaboratively engage with current issues and work together with different disciplines. A content-driven design and processing of the topics enables them to be mediated and made tangible. The design is part of the research and a tool for raising new questions, starting conversations and thinking about problems. They see their audience as individual experts who contribute to this process with their respective experiences. They want to gain and impart knowledge. Studio Fundus provides space for collaboration, for debate, for negotiating and exchanging ideas.