Festivalzentrum im GrazMuseum

herbstbar / Festival Center, Architectural intervention


Mi & Do 12:00 – 01:00,
Fr & Sa 12:00 – 03:00,
So & Mo 12:00 – 22:00
26.9.2015, 13:30
Herrn Manfreds Kalaschnikows
17.10.2015, 23:00
Mit Manfred Goger (AT) & Lahsen Lalej (AT)
Last Brunch
18.10.2015, 12:00

Festivalzentrum im GrazMuseum

The festival centre at this year’s steirischer herbst is being staged by the Italian architecture collective orizzontale as a retro-futuristic space station.

In adapting the GrazMuseum as a festival centre, Italian architecture collective orizzontale are reaching for the stars: entitled “Spin-Off”, they are creating a retro-futuristic space station – command centre and bar. This intervention, that can also be seen as a metaphor, reflects the leitmotif of this year’s festival “Back to the Future”, looking both forward into a distant future and back to a time when outer space was still a place of boundless possibilities.

While the enthusiasm for space travel of the 1960s and 1970s has yet to lead to the colonisation of unknown planets, NASA technologies have often revolutionised life on earth – with countless by-products and secondary uses – spin-offs: today we take digital cameras, freeze-dried food, solar cells, and water-repellent fabrics for granted as part of everyday life and, at the same time, they are legacies of the race to the moon.

Using the museum building as orizzontale’s space (station) installation symbolises a reappraisal of the past and the future. Interactive displays show what was once seen as futuristic – with visitors able to try their hand at computer games from decades past or watch historical films from NASA’s archives. Also, a six-metre-high rocket will be positioned in the square outside the Dreifaltigkeitskirche as a temporary landmark, enabling communication from the walk-in rocket capsule with the command centre at the festival centre. And while a journey to hitherto unexplored solar systems is visualised in the GrazMuseum courtyard, inside the belly of the space station you can ponder what distant worlds may really hold in store for us over a galactic cocktail.

Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: orizzontale