Isabel Lewis
An Occasion

Event / Action / Happening / Party / Walk / Intervention, Performance, Installation / Austrian premiere


Sa 23/09, 16.00 – 21.00FestivalzentrumEintritt frei

Festivalzentrum im Palais Attems

Artist Isabel Lewis invites visitors to a sensory salon. A special meeting of things, people, plants and thoughts, music, dance and aroma.

Isabel Lewis studied choreography, dance and literary criticism. For her signature “Occasions” she has devised a technique with which she can be performer and dancer, DJ and speaker in one. In this way, she creates situations that both relax and, at the same time, tax the full range of human senses. The inner courtyard of Palais Attems thus becomes a garden of the senses in which everything is possible: philosophical musings, social get-togethers and even romantic encounters. A place where body and mind come together.

The Berlin-based Dominican-American artist installs her unconventional philosophical salon, primarily in the context of the visual arts – at the Frieze Art Fair and at Kunsthalle Basel and most recently the Tate Modern – and is now set to launch the steirischer herbst festival centre. Inspired by ancient Greek symposia, those revelries accompanied by intellectual debates described by many authors including Plato, she always adapts the dramaturgy of her “Occasions” to suit the particular comings and goings, guests and their energy.

Konzept / Idee: Isabel Lewis