press release

Following the exhibition “ELSEWHERE. Observations on Islands“ (2015), an exposé on “insularity” as a paradigm of openness, pluralism and the relational idea of an "elsewhere", the exhibition “NOW/HERE“ proposes a multifaceted case study of the ephemeral.

The ephemeral must not be hastily judged as the opposite of longevity and sustainability. Much rather is it the epitome of the preciousness of one specific moment in time and a poetic reminder of infinity being merely a concept of the mathematical sciences. Per definition the notion of “ephemerality” or “evanescence” is commonly summed up in the sample sentence: “the evanescence of vapor, of a dream, of earthly plants or hope”.

The exhibition touches on the idea of value in an accelerated society, resulting in instant consuming and instant forgetting, while preserving every step on the way in the digital archive of the internet. Value is shifting, invisibly, and invisible are the tracks we are leaving while moving through space and time. Resources are burnt asynchronously and are a constant reminder of the significance of the ephemeral and its consequences. It's “here” and “now”, and nowhere else.

Andy Boot (AUS/AT)
Marilia Furman (BR)
Flora Hauser (AT)
Raphael Hefti (CH)
Alicja Kwade (DE)
Lisa Oppenheim (USA)
Sarah Pichlkostner (AT)
Lucia Elena Prusa (DE/AT)
Fred Sandback (USA)
Max Schaffer (CL/DE)
Sarah Schönfeld (DE)
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (ES/BR)
Iris Touliatou (GR)

Marlies Wirth

Marlies Wirth und Andreas Duscha

The exhibition is funded by the Austrian Federal Chancellery.