steirischer herbst ’97
Bodies in Society

Christine Frisinghelli

Festival dates

Curatorial team
Brigitte Bidovec: Executive Assistant, Theatre Projects, Sponsoring, Art Education

Sabine Reisner: Management, Advertisements, Projects "Players - TwiLiteZone", R. Dahinden S. LeWitt "collaboration"

Sabine Himmelsbach: Exhibition "Zonen der Ver-störung" and Lecture Program

Alexandra Foitl: Catalogue "Zonen der Ver-störung"

Inge Amschl: Projects "Endoscape Technoscope", "on dis/place/ment"

“The relationship of art to society is not primarily found in the sphere of reception but rather in production. One major focus of steirischer herbst 97 is on projects of visual art and media art specially created for the festival. In this way it is possible for the festival to become increasingly visible as a site of production.
Festivals are characterised by temporal and local unity—their nature as an event—if we see our work as an open process—demands that we defend a conception of the event that can not be mediated by means of media. ‘An event is characterised by duration, it must not be separated from dead time … We are spectators of something that remains in the balance for a long time, something that dies not yet exist. It is not the media that can capture the event but rather art … dead time (here) is not between two events, it is in the event itself, it makes up its density.’ (G. Deleuze)”
—Christine Frisinghelli (original booklet translation)

In her foreword to the program booklet for steirischer herbst ’97, Christine Frisinghelli emphasized the importance of the festival as a production site—not only in the area of theater and music, in which commissioned works had played a role since the 1970s, but also in visual and media art. Roland Dahinden and Sol LeWitt created a joint site-specific work for the cylindrical domed hall of the Joanneum, entitled collaboration, and Players—TwiLite Zone, a performance and interactive installation for two female chess players, three pinball players, and three instrumentalists premiered at the Theatro in Sackstraße, after a text by Ernst Strouhal.

The artist collectives Granular Synthesis and Knowbotic Research created spaces for steirischer herbst with happenings and experiences that were supercharged and open for participation. The exhibition Zonen der Ver-Störung (Zones of Disturbance), curated by Silvia Eiblmayr, was dedicated to the phenomenon of the interleaving of active disruption and reactive consternation, while Endoscape Technoscope explored the relationship between techno and media art.

At Café Harrach, a temporary outpost, room installations by three artists that regarded the eye as an interface between the computer screen and the brain (after Baudrillard) were presented with the title Retina—Netzhaut. Martin Kippenberger and Jörg Schlick staged the joint exhibition Martin at Palais Attems—for which Kippenberger also created the poster, which shows an oversized egg on the bed of a pickup truck in a snow-covered landscape (the cover of the program booklet shows the artist himself sitting in the cab).


Hannes Priesch

Zones of Disturbance

Endoscape Technoscope

Roland Dahinden Sol LeWitt

Adriana Hölszky

Caryl Churchill

Jurij Mamlejew

on dis/place/ment

Sex & Space II

Yoko Tawada


Claude Cahun

2000 minus 3

Festival opening

27.09., 5:30 pm
Opening of 30th steirischer herbst

6:30 pm
Zonen der Ver-Störung Zones of Disturbance

7:30 pm and 8:30 pm
​Video 1997, Richard Hoeckl (A), Pat Hearn (USA), Franz Pomassl (A), Bernhard Riff (A), Hans Weigand (A), Heimo Zobernig (A)



Burg Oberkapfenberg

CCW, Cultur Centrum Wolkenstein, Stainach

Café Harrach

Forum Stadtpark

Galerie & Edition Artelier

Galerie Bleich-Rossi

Galerie Eugen Lendl

Galerie Schafschetzy

Grazer Congress

Grazer Stadtgebiet

Griesgasse 24

Grieskai 74

Hauptplatz, Hauptbahnhof

Hotel Böhlerstern, Kapfenberg

Kammermusiksaal (Grazer Kongress)

Kulturhaus Graz

Kulturstock 3, Pischelsdorf

Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag

Künstlerhaus, Priesterseminar, Studio NG, Kastner & Öhler

Landesmuseum Joanneum

Laßnitzhaus, Deutschlandsberg

Lendkai 83

Marieninstitut, Kirchengasse 1

Musikschule Deutschlandsberg

Neue Galerie Graz

Palais Attems

Palais Meran


Reiterhof Hollerberg / Guglzipf, Pischelsdorf

Saal Steiermark (Grazer Congress)

Schauspielhaus Graz

Schloss Farrach bei Zeltweg

Skate-Park Deutschlandsberg

Stefaniensaal (Grazer Kongress)

Telekommunikationszentrum der PTA



Werkstadt Graz


Program booklet of steirischer herbst 1997: steirischer herbst Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H., steirischer herbst 97 (Graz: steirischer herbst Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H., 1997)

→  Available here

Peter Weibel, Inklusion :  Exklusion. Versuch einer neuen Kartografie der  Kunst im Zeitalter von Postkolonialismus und globaler Migration (Cologne: Dumont Buchverlag, 1997)

Forum Stadtpark and steirischer herbst, Sex and Space II (Graz: steirischer herbst Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H., 1997)

Silvia Eiblmayr (Ed.), Zonen der Ver-Störung (Graz.: Steirischer Herbst Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H., 1997)

→  Available here

Werner Fenz, 2000 - 3. Artspace plus interface. Zwanzig internationale KünstlerInnen im Raum (Vienna: Triton Verlag, 1997)

Peter Weibel, Slavoj Žižek (eds.), Inklusion : Exklusion, Probleme des Postkolonialismus und der globalen Migration (Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 1997)

steirischer herbst, Roland Dahinden Sol LeWitt. Collaboration sound sculpture wall drawing (Vienna: Extraplatte Musik- und Verlags GmbH, 1997)