Heimo Halbrainer and Joachim Hainzl (CLIO)
Situation Report

Video series / Commissioned work


In the streets of Graz and online


Production specifics
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ʼ21

Each week of the festival program is accompanied by uniquely performative video reports from the streets and environs of Graz. They are not “coverage” in the traditional sense, but rather artistic and intellectual projects, complementing the festival’s other situations.

During the final week of the festival, Heimo Halbrainer and Joachim Hainzl of CLIO explore the darker side of picturesque Graz’s history, honing in on the lasting impact of the Nazi era and its aftermath. During the Anschluss of Austria to Germany in 1938, Graz was famous as the “city of national uprising” and became Hitler’s first stop on his tour of the country. Halbrainer and Hainzl visit the eerie sites of Graz’s (not so) hidden Nazi history—the university, where the Nazi’s pseudoscientific racial doctrines were taught, the Gestapo headquarters and the execution and euthanasia sites where its victims were persecuted and murdered, and the social housing built during the time.