steirischer herbst ’10
Masters, Tricksters, Bricoleurs—Virtuosity as a Strategy for Art and Survival

Veronica Kaup-Hasler

Festival dates

Curatorial team
Chief Dramaturge & Curator: Florian Malzacher

Dramaturge: Kira Kirsch

Curator Visual Arts: Reinhard Braun

Artistic Assistant: Gerda Strobl

Advisory Board: Hannah Hurtzig, Frie Leysen, Berno Odo Polzer, Sergej Goran Pristaš, Georg Schöllhammer, Gesa Ziemer

“This year’s steirischer herbst theme plays with all of these aspects of virtuosity, although not all of the artistic works need make direct, obvious reference to them. It is the general frame within which the numerous exhibitions, performances and theory events place their own emphasis and thus complement each other—sometimes intentionally, sometimes surprisingly.”
—Veronica Kaup-Hasler (original booklet translation)

Under the leitmotif Virtuosity, steirischer herbst ’10 examined the spectrum of interpretations ranging from the mastery of an instrument, which has fallen into discredit in the modern period, and the virtuosity of tricksters and pickpockets to Paolo Virno’s reinterpretation of the notion as a necessity and normality when uniting work, private life, and social aspects.

This year the nomadic festival center returned to the Forum Stadtpark (designed by the young Austrian architecture team feld72), where a Casino of Tricks was set up over eight days, along with the film and sound archive Flight Case Archive by Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie and the two-day Conference on Virtuosity as a Strategy for Art and Survival(curated by Florian Malzacher and Sibylle Peters), with a closing lecture by Friedrich Kittler.

The more conventional meaning of virtuosity was reflected in the choreographies This Is How You Will Disappear by Gisèle Vienne and I Don’t Believe in Outer Space by William Forsythe as well as in the marathon performance by the pianist Marino Formenti and music by the Arditti Quartet and the Klangforum Wien as part of musikprotokoll.

In addition to solo exhibitions by Franz West at the Kunsthaus and Matts Leiderstam at the Grazer Kunstverein, the second part of Utopie und Monument (Utopia and Monument), Über die Virtuosität des Öffentlichen (On Virtuosity and the Public Sphere), examined the potential of public space as a “space of appearance” (Hannah Arendt), with commissioned works by artists including Kader Attia, Andrea Fraser, Isa Genzken, John Knight, and the Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik.



Festival centre

Theatre / Performance / Dance



Theory / Discourse / Playing Field Research

Literature / Book

Children / Young people

Festival opening

24.09., 7:30 pm
Helmut List Halle
Christine Gaigg / Bernhard Lang / Winfried Ritsch / Philipp Harnoncourt (A) - Maschinenhalle #1
Lali Puna (D) - Our Inventions 


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Camera Austria

Citypark / Information

Dom im Berg

Dom im Berg, Orpheum


Festivalzentrum im Stadtpark

Festivalzentrum im Stadtpark Graz

Festivalzentrum im Stadtpark, Stadtpark


Generalmusikdirektion, Helmut-List-Halle

Grazer Kunstverein

Grazer Stadtgebiet


Ingenous / Business Park Gleisdorf

Institut für elektronische Musik

Jakoministraße 32

Kunsthaus Graz

Kunstverein Medienturm

Literaturhaus Graz


Next Liberty Jugendtheater

Pavelhaus / Pavlova hisa

Romantik Parkhotel Graz Bar

Schauspielhaus Graz

TU Chemieersatzgebäude


stadtmuseumgraz, Helmut-List-Halle

Öffentlicher Raum Graz, Ausstellungspavillon Tummelplatz


Program booklet of steirischer herbst 2010: steirischer herbst festival gmbh, steirischer HERBST (Graz: 2010)

steirischer herbst festival gmbh, herbst. Theorie zur Praxis (Graz: 2010)

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steirischer herbst, Archiv Peter Piller. Materialien (D). Peripheriewanderung Graz (Graz: Edition Camera Austria, 2010)

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Sabine Breitwieser (ed.), Utopie und Monument. Ausstellung für den öffentlichen Raum. steirischer herbst 2009 - 2010 (Vienna-New York: Springer-Verlag, 2011)

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