HÖHENRAUSCH.3: Die Kunst der Türme

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13. June 2013


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The Art of Towers

Opening: 13 June 2013
Exhibition: 14 June – 13. October 2013
External Exhibition: Power Tower Energie AG

The project is supported in conjunction with the Program for Regional Competitiveness 2007 – 2013 with funds from the European Fund for the Advancement of Regional Development as well as funds from the Federal Province of Upper Austria.

In 2013 the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter makes its mark over the roofs of Linz. The new “Thrill of the Heights” exhibition Höhenrausch.3 is devoted to the art of towers. “Like its predecessors,” as Governor Dr. Josef Pühringer says, “it is a cultural education project, a way of bringing art, sophisticated entertainment and unusual points of view to the people of Linz on the highest level. With this new mixture we want to attract new audiences for art.” A total of 43 artists from 12 different countries are shown at Höhenrausch.3.

One of the central features at Höhenrausch.3 is the vertical expansion of the walkway over the roofs. In addition to the existing walkways, the towers create an architectural emphasis. The five distinct towers are spread throughout the exhibition as an “ensemble”:

Starting at the OK Platz visitors are confronted with the two highly modern energy towers. The manipulation of their steel frame imbues the towers with a sculptural quality, inviting visitors to linger beneath them. The Upper Austrian Tower, rising 30 meters above the parking deck, represents the landmark of the exhibition and offers surprising new ways of seeing the city. It consists of local fir wood and was built as a copy of the “Alpenblick” by Ulrichsberg on the border to the Czech Republic. The walkway continues past a 13-meter-high diving platform by the two Swiss artists Lang/Baumann. With its highly exposed position, it eludes its original purpose and is transformed into an irritating yet elegant exhibition object.

High above the Landstraße the artist Wen-Chih Wang spent days with his Taiwanese colleague weaving a walk-in dome out of bamboo by hand. During the day the light falls in a way that creates a very contemplative atmosphere, but at night the tower shines like a diamond. This alien object corresponds to the mighty towers of the Ursuline church, which, as in previous years, are integrated within the walkway.

Ascending Through Art

The ascension to the Höhenrausch exhibition poses not only a physical challenge but also a mental one. The path to the top winds through the OK building passing nineteen outstanding examples of international contemporary art, which we “collected” at the most important Biennials around the globe and put together to create this cuvée. The selection ranges from the discovery of the young Cuban artist Hander Lara, whose work Building Illusions is shown for the first time in Austria, up to the highly renowned pioneer of Austrian conceptual art VALIE EXPORT, shown at Höhenrausch with her work in which she built a tower out of 104 Kalaschnikovs.

A Look at the Cultural History of Towers

The cultural studies scholar Thomas Macho takes a look at the cultural history of towers, looking at the stories and myths surrounding their rise and fall, but also at the irresistible, magical, attraction of great heights.

The cultural history of towers is shown on various levels:

A game of quartet accompanied by a booklet presents 32 particular towers in unusual combinations. In a special “tower-room” the myth of the tower of Babel and the history of its resonance is shown, and the Upper Austrian Tower offers unusual ways of looking at towers that we all know.

Art and Science

The partnership with commercial enterprises is essential to make a project of this dimension a reality and goes a lot further than a simple marketing collaboration. In this sense, the Energie AG, supported by the voestalpine AG, “bent” two of their dismantled electrical towers into the shape of the sculpture you now see on OK Platz. The space on the roof of the parking-deck was made available by RealTreuhand and the bank Raffeisenlandesbank. Also in conjunction with the project itself, a connection can be made between the diving platform by the Swiss artists Lang/Baumann and the sponsor Linz AG with its public swimming pool Parkbad (that can be seen from the Upper Austrian Tower). The Upper Austrian Tower itself came into existence largely under the patronage of the insurance agency Oberösterreichische Versicherung. Small references and playful projects make all the co-operations visible on the 144 stairs.

First Austrian Circus of Movement (21.6 – 28.9)

The “First Austrian Circus of Movement” opens its doors in the summer of 2013 on the roof of the parking deck at Höhenrausch. It is a theater education project aimed at school classes, children's groups and young visitors of Höhenrausch. The Circus of Movement is part of the 2013 campaign by “Healthy Upper-Austria”. In an inspiring, creative setting children are invited to take an active part in a story that should show the joy of movement.

The concept was developed by Stephan Rabl.

External Exhibition PowerTower Energie AG The Art of Towers

From: 20.6 – 8.9

In addition to the energy towers on OK Platz, the successful collaboration between the Energie AG and the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter is continued with an exhibition in the office tower of the energy company. Works are shown by Franz Josef Altenburg (A) – ceramic towers, Beni Altmüller (A) – beech wood towers, Bernd and Hilla Becher (D) – photographs of industrial towers – on loan from the Verbund collection, Lorenz Esterman (A) – Power Tower, Judith Huemer (A) – tower-montages “Balcony Sessions”, Anton S. Kehrer (A) – photographic work “Power Tower” Wast, Michael Kienzer (A) - “tower-installation”, Karlheinz Klopf (A) – in-situ from the PowerTower, VALIE EXPORT (A) – photo montage from the “Salzburger Cycle”, Peter Wüthrich (CH) - “Literary Towers”.

At the same time works from the Energie AG Photo Section can be seen in the stairwell of the office building. The photographs show the way to the roof of the tower and lead to the “PowerHütt'n”, from which visitors can take in a panoramic view of Linz.

By far the most notable contribution is the action “Art in the Power Plant”, that was called into existence over 20 years ago in collaboration with the art educator Karlheinz Schönswetter by the power plant in Riedersbach. With the construction of a new central office in the Linzer train station district, the project “Art in the Power Tower” was initiated, which will repeatedly host special exhibitions of contemporary artists.

Art Projects

Energy Towers, 2013

This year’s Höhenrausch.3 – The Art of Towers was conceived as a quartet of towers: The Upper-Austrian-Tower rises high above the city as a landmark and surprises us with new perspectives of Linz. It is made out of fire wood. It is a Local-Tower – built as a copy of the Alpenblick, a tower overlooking the czech border at Ulrichsberg. Moving further in direction „Landstraße“, stands the Alien-Tower: A massive bamboo construction with a light-flooded interior flooded, which shines like a UFO at night. Both towers enter into a dialogue with the sacral towers of the Ursuline Church.

On the OK-Platz you can find two useful Towers: two 30 meter high electrical towers of the Energie AG. Electrical towers stand in the countryside as a mighty symbol for the transfer of energy. Shifting them into the heart of the city, and interfering with their steel skeleton transforms them into „sculptures“ that offer a place to relax at their feet.

Steel construction
13.22 x 12.22 x 29 m
Planning and design: Riepl Riepl Architekten, Linz
Realisation: Energie AG, Gebrüder RESCH GmbH, OK Produktion
Commissioned by: OÖ Kulturquartier
Supported by: Energie AG Oberösterreich, voestalpine AG

In addition to the Energy Towers in the square, the long cooperation between the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter and the energy company Energie AG is continued with an artistic exhibition.

Art of Towers: 20 June – 23 August 2013, Powertower, Energie AG Oberösterreich,
Böhmerwaldstraße3, 4020 Linz.

Andrew Esiebo
Alter Gogo, 2010

In his photographs Andrew Esiebo documents the change in society in his home of Nigeria. Alter Gogo shows a group of grandmothers who are all members of the Gogo-Getters-Football-Club in Orange Farm, South Africa. For these women playing football is more than a leisure activity. It has a deep impact on the position they hold in the society and enables them to break out from their very rigid social roles – at least during the game.

Ten-part series of photographs
Digital prints on board
117 x 83 cm each
Courtesy: the artist
11th Havana Biennial 2012
Andrew Esiebo* 1978 in Lagos / NG, lives and works in Lagos / NG.


Olaf Nicolai
Samani. Some Proposals to Answer Important Questions, 2008

In his work Olaf Nicolai deals with theories that stem from the natural as well as the human sciences. His installation Samani. Some Proposals to Answer Important Questions humorously gives us suggestions how to answer important questions. When entering the room the light begins to dance. It looks as though light is being shone into every corner so that every “important question” can be illuminated and the reflections on it cast onto the wall. This rotating motion is accompanied by a “musical composition created by the bizarre noise of the motors driving the spotlight” as Nicolai describes it.

Mixed Media Installation
Spotlight, mirrored column, motors
400 x o 98 cm
Courtesy: Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin / DE
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Busan Biennale 2012

Olaf Nicolai * 1962 in Halle/Saale / DE. Lives and works in Berlin / DE.


Hander Lara
Building Illusions, 2012

Handar Lara’s works take a strange, surreal look at the world we know. In the OK he creates a landscape of objects reminiscent of industrial structures out of cotton. From the chimneys of these „factories“ the same material rises as smoke. This artful exchange between reality and illusion very clearly shows Lara’s humorous but also critical standpoint.

Steel and white sheets
Courtesy: the artist
11th Havana Biennial 2012

Hander Lara* 1984 in Havanna / CU, lives and works in Cuba / CU.


Yto Barrada
The Smuggler (La contrebandiere), 2006

In her documentaries Yto Barrada shows people that are often not considered presentable. The Smuggler (La contrebandiere) tells the story of an older Moroccan woman, who has been hiding cloth, clothes and market goods underneath her djellaba for the past 30 years in order to smuggle them from Spainish enclave in Morocco – Ceuta back to Tangier for a shopkeeper. Barrada shows us this prozess – a part of many survival strategies in a city on the border at the gates of Europe.


Video, PAL, 4:3

Colour, silent, 11’, Loop

Courtesy: the artist

54th International Art Exhibition – 54th Venice Biennale 2011

Yto Barrada* 1971 in Paris / FR. Lives and works in Paris / FR and Tangiers / MA.


Eduardo Basualdo
Salon Fumador (Smoking Room), 2012/2013

Eduardo Basualdo creates poetic installations in which the focus is placed on very specific moments. Through repetition this moment is “frozen” in time. This is achieved with very minimalistic means such as light and movement and changes the entire scenery: A large plate of glass blocks off everything except for a narrow pathway within the room. A light bulb constantly knocks on the plate of glass creating a dynamic shadow image of a door only open for a short time. What is “in between” becomes visible. As in many of Basualdo’s works the emphasis is placed on irritating, fragile “situations” of perception phenomena, on the small space between what is real and what is in our sub-conscience.


Glass wall, bulb, motor control

Courtesy: the artist

1st Montevideo Biennial 2012/13

Eduardo Basualdo* 1977 in Buenos Aires / AR. Lives and works in Buenos Aires / AR.


Cinthia Marcelle
Fonte 193 (Fountain 193), 2007

Video, Colour, sound, 5‘40‘‘, Loop

475 Volver (To Come To), 2009

Video, Colour, sound, 8‘11‘’, Loop; Coproduced by Katasia films / BR

Cruzada (Crusade), 2010

Video, Colour, sound, 8‘36‘‘, Loop; Coproduced by Katasia films / BR

Courtesy: Sprovieri Gallery / GB

Cinthia Marcelle uses the medium of film to explore experiences in public space. Everyday occurrences transform into poetic spectacles. The trilogy of “video-performances” shown here deals with origin, time and civilisation: In Fonte 193 the origin of the circle is created with the water cannon of a fire truck driving in a circle. In 475 Volver a construction vehicle seems never to stop digging a recumbent eight symbolising endlessness. In Cruzada four musical groups walk towards each other playing in wild confusion, only to meet at a crossroad and part in harmony.

54th International Art Exhibition – 54th Venice Biennale 2011

Cinthia Marcelle* 1974 in Belo Horizonte / BR. Lives and works in Belo Horzonte / BR.


Lee Yongbaek
Angel Soldier, 2011

In his work the artist Lee Yongbaek deals with the historical, political and social situation of Korea. In a humorous and very clear manner he sets a counterpoint to the omnipresent constant threat of war. In this sense, in Angel Soldier, armed soldiers, hidden in a sea of flowers, transform into warriors of peace and love.


Colour, sound, 23’, Loop

Courtesy: Hakgojae Gallery / KR and the artist

54th International Art Exhibition – 54th Venice Biennale 2011

Lee Yongbaek* 1966 in Kimpo / KR. Lives and works in Seoul / KR.


Ergun Köken
Bininbining Promised Land, 2009-2010

In a cosy atmosphere of kitsch Ergun Koken introduces us to a group of people that often go unnoticed. Using interviews, magazines and videos that convey their leisure activities, Ergun shows us the daily life of immigrant workers: about 30.000 people from the Philippines live in Israel, working mostly as nursing staff. A popular leisure activity is the beauty pageant Binibining Miss Pilipinas Israel, which substantially contributes to both the financial and the emotional support of the community. They even publish magazines dealing with relevant topics such as working conditions, immigration – as well as religious issues.

Multi Media Installation

Bininbining Promised Land – Film, Video, 38’, Loop

Interviews, Video: Marylou 25’, James 18’, Doda Lina 29’, Loop

Posters, furniture, curtain

Courtesy: the artist

La Triennale Paris 2012

Ergun Koken* 1976 in Istanbul / TR. Lives and works in Istanbul / TR and Berlin / DE.


Ergun Köken
Rite of Spring, 2010

The artists Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor consistently take up the problem complex of post-Communist changes in Romania in their work. Rite of Spring shows rituals among children: the cottonwood fluff that collects along the side of the road is joyfully set on fire every year. A playful act conjoining images of protest with the desire for renewal.


DVD Pal / Super-8

Colour, sound, 7‘51’’, Loop

Courtesy: the artist

54th International Art Exhibition – 54th Venice Biennale 2011

Mona Vătămanu* 1968 in Constanţa / RO. Lives and works in Bucharest / RO and Berlin / DE.

Florin Tudor* 1974 in Genf / CH. Lives and works in Bucharest / RO and Berlin / DE.


Jota Izquierdo
Capitalismo Amarillo: Special Economic Zone, 2011-2012

Jota Izquierdo’s artworks are marked by social-documentary approach. For Capitalismo

amarillo – Special Economic Zone he traces the path of cheap, massproduced consumer goods from the individual street merchants in Mexico City and Valencia back to the wholesale dealers and finally to the producers in the “Special Economic Zone” in Guangzhou, China. His multimedia installation consists of two main parts: videos documenting the international trading process, and a collection of objects that are produced in China and sold in Mexico and Spain.

Multi Media Installation

6 videos, objects, wooden construction, foil

Courtesy: the artist

Manifesta 9 Genk 2012

Jota Izquierdo* 1972 in Castellon / ES. Lives and works in Mexico City / MX.



VALIE EXPORT, who was born in Linz, is one of the most important international pioneers in the field of conceptual media, performance and film art. Her monumental tower of original Kalashnikovs, which are used all over the world in militant conflicts, is a memorial against war – a memorial not only of past events, but also of current and future wars. The basin filled with waste oil indicates the martial potential of “liquid gold”. The work is surrounded by video images from the Internet of executions in China and terrorist attacks in Iraq – only two of the many imaginable examples of brutal conflicts and power structures.


108 Russian Kalaschnikow assault rifles, tray made of zinc sheet filled with waste oil

380 x 400 x 400 cm

2 videos: China, DVD, Colour, silent, 1‘33’’, Loop / Irak, DVD, Colour, silent, 51‘, Loop

Courtesy: Charim Galerie Wien / AT; c VALIE EXPORT / Property of the artist

2nd Moscow Biennale 2007

VALIE EXPORT* 1940 in Linz / AT. Lives and works in Vienna / AT.


Tower Room

The ascent to the roof leads through a tower room, which was conceived – just like the other cultural-historical elements of the exhibition Hohenrausch.3 – The Art of Towers – by cultural historian Thomas Macho. The cultural studies concentration on towers seeks to follow the images and ideas, the stories and dreams, which have become manifest in buildings: myths of ascent and fall, of death and resurrection, of the irresistibly enchanting attraction of the vertical, the heights, and the depths. The Tower Room comprises:

  • on the Babel Wall the history of the impact of the story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11,1-9), from the Mesopotamian stepped temple all the way to the cultural treatment of the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001, including Art Spiegelman’s comic In the Shadow of No Towers, among others;
  • in the cardboard cinema by Tobias Putrih the artistic found-footage video installation Anticipation by Karin Fisslthaler (on Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo);
  • and the stories of Moving Towers arranged by Tobias Putrih.

Tobias Putrih
The Skin of the Invisible, 2010/2013

Tobias Putrih makes room-filling sculptures from simple materials, works that move between architecture and sculpture. For the Biennale Sao Paulo, Putrih explored the work of the architect Oskar Niemeyer, who was influential there, and created a unique cinema space. The Skin of the Invisible was expanded for Höhenrausch.3 with small sculptures. These “displays” assemble stories of moving towers: starting with the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, through historical siege towers and the Theatro del Mundo by the architect Aldo Rossi, all the way to the Catalan human towers and swaying minarets.


Screeningroom made of cardboard, wooden construction

Ca. 7,2 x 6,7 x 6,95 m

29th Bienal de Sao Paulo 2010

Tobias Putrih* 1972 in Kranj / SI. Lives and works in Cambridge / US.


Karin Fisslthaler
Anticipation, 2013

In the Tower Cinema the Upper Austrian artist Karin Fisslthaler shows a new video made of found footage. She dissected Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo* into single elements and newly edited them together. In Fisslthaler’s Montage the narrative mirroring and doubling from Vertigo are formally transferred to the filmic language of glances and facial expressions. Tensions and fears are indicated only through eye movements. The projection surfaces placed one above the other and the high interior refer to the tower as the imaginary, ambiguous, dizzying center of the film.

*Vertigo (1958), by Alfred Hitchcock. The retired policeman Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) falls in love with suicidal Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), the wife of a school friend allegedly in danger of suicide. Because of his vertigo, however, he cannot prevent her apparently fatal leap from a bell tower. When he later meets Judy Barton, who looks just like the dead woman, he tries to turn her into the image of his dead lover. He discovers her true identity and forces her to reenact the simulated suicide scene that he is cured of his vertigo; but the woman falls into the abyss again.


Found-Footage, upright format;

Colour, sound, 6´, Loop

Karin Fisslthaler* 1981 in Oberndorf / AT. Lives and works in Linz and Vienna / AT.


Linz Super Branch, 2009 / 2011

In 2009 the Japanese architecture firm Bow-Wow developed an architectural access to the roof landscape with the LINZ Super Branch. The basic idea was a tree- and root-shaped proliferating, organic structure that spread out, branched out, adapted to the surroundings and continued to grow with or against them. Following this original conception, the modular walkway stem has been subject to change since then and is expanded again this year vertically with new paths.

Wooden construction: stairs, bridges, platforms

In collaboration with: Riepl Riepl Architekten

Commissioned by: OK Offenes Kulturhaus in OÖ Kulturquartier

Atelier Bow-Wow architecture studio founded 1992 in Tokyo / JP; led by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

*1965 in Kanagawa & Momoyo Kaijima *1969 in Tokyo. Construction drawings by Masatoshi Hirai.

Riepl Riepl Architekten architecture studio, founded 1985 in Linz / AT. Led by Peter Riepl *1952 in Wels / AT & Gabriele Riepl *1954 in Linz. Live and work in Linz / AT.

Upper Austria Tower, 2013

The Upper Austrian Tower rises 31 meters into the sky on the highest point of the parking garage building. The local tower of the Höhenrausch.3 tower quartet is a copy of the lookout tower Alpenblick along the Czech border in Ulrichsberg. The functional architecture of the “rural” lookout tower made of fir wood becomes a new, temporary landmark of the city of Linz. In contrast to these urban surroundings, it displays the material of wood.Through the climb up over seven levels, the urban space opens up like a theatrical staging. Window frames present unusual views of Towers we all know, compiled by the cultural studies scholar ThomasMacho. The views are brought to you by the insurance company OÖ Versicherung.

Wooden construction

10.42 x 8.08 x 30.31 m

Copy of the viewing platform Alpenblick in Ulrichsberg

Original planning and statics Alpenblick : Schindelar ZT GmbH

Upper Austria Tower: architectural adaptation: Riepl Riepl Architekten, Linz,

structural engineer: Dipl. Ing. Harald Weiß

Realisation: Gebrüder RESCH GmbH

Commissioned by: OÖ Kulturquartier

Supported by: OÖ Versicherung AG

Diving Platform [Sprungturm], 2005/2013

An about 13 -meters-high Diving Platform rises up from the central platform of the Höhenrausch.3 rooftop landscape, but no one can dive from here. Intermediated between a functional object and a sculpture, this work involves a kind of mental acrobatics, the idea of what it could be like to climb up and enjoy the view. Lang/Baumann refer often in their works to functionality, design or architecture and enrich existing situations or spaces by the dimension of poetry and imagination.


Steel pipe with styrofoam strap and metal ladder, varnished, diving board

4 x 1,8 x 13 m

Sabina Lang* 1972 in Bern / CH und Daniel Baumann* 1967 in San Francisco / US. They live and work in Burgdorf / CH.


Wen-Chih Wang
Bamboo Cupula 2013

Transformations of space are at the heart of the installations by the Taiwanese artist Wen-Chih Wang. He expands given architectural structures with fantastic constructions of bamboo and rattan. Thus a 15-meter-high tower made of woven bamboo grows out of the Höhenrausch.3 rooftop walkways, so that a light-flooded space emerges that invites lingering. The bamboo tower is illuminated from the inside at night, thus becoming an unusual object in urban space in the dark, too.


Tower 15 meters high

Bamboo, steel construction

Wen-Chih Wang* 1959 in Chiayi / TW. Lives and works in Chiayi / TW.


Church Towers
Ursuline Church Linz

The towers of the late baroque church building mark the appearance of the street Landstrasse in Linz. As sacral towers they form the historical part of the Tower Quartet. The bells went quiet in World War I, because they had to be turned over for armament purposes. In 2012 the north tower of the Ursuline Church was connected with the rooftop walkways through spectacular bridge construction, providing a unique view of the city center of Linz since then. Construction of the church dedicated to St. Michael began in 1736; the church was consecrated in 1757, and construction was completed with the western facade and the appox. 80 m high towers in 1772. Architect: Johann Haslinger. It was formerly the convent church of the Ursuline nuns and has served since its restoration in 1985 as art, concert and community church for the Forum St. Severin/Association of Catholic Academics of the Diocese of Linz.

Bridges in the Sky, 2011

Since 2011 two spectacular bridges have conjoined the modular arrangement of the walkway system by Atelier Bow-Wow with the towers of the Ursuline Church: The bridge construction developed by the Swiss building artist Jürg Conzett based on baroque construction methods opened up new perspectives. Along with the dizzying feeling of moving above the roofs of Linz, these bridges have also made it possible since then to look at the towers of the Ursuline Church close up.

Two bridges, Wooden construction

In collaboration with: Riepl Riepl Architekten, Linz

Commissioned by: OK Offenes Kulturhaus im OÖ Kulturquartier

Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann, office of structural engineers founded 1992 in Chur / CH,

led by: Jürg Conzett *1956, Schiers, Gianfranco Bronzini *1967, Brusio, Patrick Gartmann *1968, Tenna

22., 23
Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser
Wassertürme (Watertower), 2012

Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser use urban space as a field of action for their temporary installations and buildings. The materials they use are taken from existing resources: What has been discarded, rubbish, what has been given as a gift. In this sense, in 2012 they took down parts of the Höhenrausch walkway in the course of the Sinnesrausch exhibition and rebuilt them into water towers. These altered the skyline of Linz and recalled memories of the city of New York.


2 objects, wooden construction of existing walkway material

Folke Köbberling* 1969 in Kassel / DE und Martin Kaltwasser* 1965 in Münster / DE.

They live and work in Berlin / DE.


Tower Building Site
a project by the art mediation team

The tower building site on the roof offers an opportunity to everyone who enjoys it, to build their own towers out of the most diverse materials and in different dimensions. As the conclusion of the tour over the roofs or as a “rest stop” in between, there is enough space here for experimenting and lingering.

Movement Circus

Tower Quartet

The unusual publication for Hohenrausch.3 - The Art of Towers was conceived by the cultural historian and philosopher Thomas Macho. A quartet card game with accompanying booklet makes the various forms and perception perspectives of towers visible: mythical towers, towers in competition, towers in art, towers in games, twin towers – and confronts them with “our” towers. Yet the publication also reflects the way Höhenrausch.3 is arranged as a Tower Quartet: with its useful (and simultaneously playful) Energy Towers, with the scenic Upper Austrian Tower, an exotic Bamboo Cupula, and the sacral towers of the Ursuline Church.

Yinka Shonibare MBE
Odile and Odette, 2005

The paintings, sculptures, photographs, films and performances by Yinka Shonibare MBE deal with colonialism and post-colonialism, questioning what makes up our current collective identity. In Odile and Odette a black ballet dancer and a white ballet dancer mirror not only the dark and the light side of the divided main figure in Swan Lake, but also racist stereotypes. Here the material of the costumes also transports the history of colonialism and tells of Europe’s complex relationships to its colonies.


High definition digital video

Colour, sound, 14‘28‘‘, Loop

Edition of 6 + 2APs

Courtesy: Stephen Friedman Gallery / GB and the artist

Liverpool Biennial 2012

Yinka Shonibare MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)* 1962 London / UK.

Lives and works in London / UK.


Mikhail Karikis
Sounds from Beneath, 2010-2012

In their joint project Sounds from Beneath, Mikhail Karikis and Uriel Orlow conjoin their respective artistic interests: expanding the spectrum of the human voice and archival research on historical settings and events. They asked former miners to recall the sounds of their work in the mines and to imitate those sounds with their voices. Against the backdrop of their former workplace, the Snowdown Colliery in Kent / UK, the men bring the long silent sounds to new life in their song.

Video by Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow

DVD Pal, 16:9

Colour, sound, 6‘45‘‘, Loop

Courtesy: the artists

Manifesta 9 Genk 2012

Mikhail Karikis* 1975 in Thessaloniki / GR. Lives and works in London / UK.

Uriel Orlow* 1973 in Zurich / CH. Lebt und arbeitet in London / UK. Lives and works in London / UK.


Casa Tomada – House Taken Over


Casa Tomada – House Taken Over is an itinerant project, where more than 3000 ant sculptures are deployed in facades and architectural structures to speak of migration, forced displacement and uprooting, in the context of globalization. Gomezbarros aims to open a debate regarding this contemporary issue in public space on the stations of innumerable travellers and immigrants. A photo series documents the pervious sites of the his intervention at mostly historical sites of departure and arrival (Customs Building in Columbia) , as well as the new production for Hohenrausch.3 (starting in August).

Ilene Segalove
Secret Museum of Mankind, 2011

As a pioneer of video art, Ilene Segalove has been exploring the role of women since the 1970s. Her Secret Museum series engages with the book Secret Museum of Mankind, published in 1937, a “pseudo-anthropological” study of women in the original cultures of America, Africa and Europe. Joined together in five blocks of nine, this study is combined with the artist’s own portraits. The series of 45 photographs invite a comparison between the clothes, poses, hairstyles, but also the age of those depicted. What they have in common is the social position of the women illustrated in the subtitles.

5 panels of 9 archival inkjet print photographs with text

90, 2 x 71 cm, framed

Courtesy: Jancar Gallery / US

30th Bienal de Sao Paulo 2012

Ilene Segalove* 1950 in Los Angeles / US.

Lives and works in Santa Barbara / US.


Zbyněk Baladrán
A Model of the Universe, 2009

Zbyněk Baladran’s artistic work and his work as a curator are distinguished by an ongoing search for new forms for representing knowledge and memory. With maps, diagrams and models he visualizes artistic changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and strategies of contemporary art production. In A Model of the Universe he impudently places artistic rules on the same level with scientific methods and declares the exhibition as a model of the universe.

Mp4, 16:9, 720 x 576

Colour, sound, 2‘46‘‘, Loop

Courtesy: Galerie Jocelyn Wolff / FR

10th Lyon Biennale 2012

Zbyněk Baladran* 1973 in Prag / CZ. Lives and works in Prague / CZ.


Baghriche, Fayçal
Souvenir, 2012

Object, Illuminated terrestrial globe, motor, o 40 cm, h 75 cm

Epuration elective (elective purification), 2004-2013

Installation, Wallpaper, variable dimensions

Courtesy: Galerie Campagne Premiere / DE

Faycal Baghriche irritates culturally established habits of seeing. He invites us to newly perceive the reality hidden behind the superficial appearance: the constellation that covers the wall here are vastly enlarged pages from a german Encyclopedia, representing all the flags of the world, which were painted over except for their star symbols. The composition is created by the alphabetical order of the flags, which varies depending on the language of the encyclopedia. In front of this is a conventional globe turning so fast that the outlines of the continents and all the borders vanish – a poetic symbol for the accelerated world of globalization.

54th International Art Exhibition – 54th Venice Biennale, 2011

Faycal Baghriche* 1972 in Skikda / DZ. Lives and works in Paris / FR.


Gabriel Valansi
(Circa), 2011-2013

In his artistic work Gabriel Valansi deals with life in big cities. In (Circa), however, we see a ghost town. It consists of hundreds of circuit boards like those used in computers and other electronic devices. Segments and details of this postapocalyptic landscape can be discovered with the telescope. This “archaeology of the future” presents a counterpart to the vertical towers of Hohenrausch.3. (Circa) is a horizontal version of the Tower of Babel, which shows the effects of the technological and ecological developments of a globalized world.


Motherboards from old computers, steel construction, telescope

11th Havana Biennial 2012

Gabriel Valansi* 1959 in Buenos Aires / AR.

Lives and works in Buenos Aires / AR.


Tower Worlds

The members of the Upper Austrian Photographical Society have taken up the tower theme of the Hohenrausch.3 with a multitude of artistic approaches. In addition to the classic photo exhibition, they have also arranged the descending stairs of this year’s Höhenrausch with Tower Worlds. Here visitors are invited to leave a personal memory on Walter Blumberger’s photo tower. In the courtyard the Upper Austrian Photographical Society temporarily presents their exhibition on an over-sized “advertising pillar“.

28 June – 13 October 2013

Group Exhibition of the Upper Austrian Photographical Society