Kunst in die Stadt!

Nov 20, 2014 - Nov 25, 2015
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM




Art into the City!
Conversations about Höhenrausch
Fall 2014, Spring 2015

From the High Line in New York to Höhenrausch in Linz: in recent years, art has started to relate to the city in new ways. Neglected, abandoned, or formerly inaccessible urban zones are becoming hot spots attracting both locals and visitors.
In 2007, the OK launched a new form of public exhibition with ­Schaurausch in Linz. And in 2015, Höhenrausch will conquer the city’s rooftops for the fifth time. This seemed reason enough to now place the success story of this popular format in an international context.

The lecture series ART INTO THE CITY! brings prominent figures from the worlds of art, ­architecture and urban development to Linz. They report on their projects and experi­ences with urban interventions and speak with experts who know the OK about their views on the Höhenrausch concept.

The lecture series is accompanied by a publication that tells of how the success of the exhibition series since 2007 has not only changed the OK as an institution but has also lastingly altered a part of Linz’s city center.

In cooperation with Kunstuniversität Linz, area architecture and urbanism.

Thu, November 20, 2014, 7.00 p.m. Didier Faustino
Thu, February 26, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Kasper König
Thu, March 12, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius
Tue, April 21, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Sonja Beek
Mon, May 11, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Martina Löw
Tue, June 23, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Liz Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
Thu, October 01, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Christoph Doswald
Wed, November 25, 2015, 7.00 p.m. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein

Christoph Doswald: Kampfzone öffentlicher Raum

Christoph Doswald:
© Rémy Markowitsch

01.10.2015, 19.00 Uhr

Über Hafenkräne, Nagelhäuser, Kunst-Genossenschaften, Volksabstimmungen: Mit welchen Strategien lässt sich Kunst im öffentlichen Raum kuratieren und vermitteln – und wie gilt es, auf gescheiterte Projekte zu reagieren. Ein Gespräch über den Umgang mit Kunst in Zürich.

Die Vorlesungen sind eine Kooperation mit der Kunstuniversität Linz, Institut für Kunst und Bildung / Künstlerische Praxis.

Christoph Doswald (*1961, Baden), ist Kurator, Dozent und Publizist. Er arbeitet an den Schnittstellen von Kunst und Gesellschaft und lebt – nach Abstechern nach Marseille und Berlin – seit 2005 in Zürich. Zahlreiche Ausstellungen und Publikationen zur Kunst und Kultur der Gegenwart, u. a. Double Face, The Story About Fashion and Art (2006), Press Art (2010), Wohin mit der Skulptur (2011); ART AND THE CITY, A Public Art Project (2012), TRIPLE A: ART ALTSTETTEN ALBISRIEDEN (2015). Christoph Doswald ist seit 2009 Vorsitzender der Arbeitsgruppe Kunst im öffentlichen Raum der Stadt Zürich. Derzeit teilt er mit Christian Jankowski eine Professur an der Staatlichen Akademie der Künste in Stuttgart.


zürich-transit-maritim, Der Hafenkran, Zürich 2014
(Foto: © Cédric Eisenring/Stadt Zürich, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum)

Lori Hersberger, Dystopia Stalker, 2013
(Foto: © Cédric Eisenring/Stadt Zürich, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum)

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein
Leiter des Museums für angewandte Kunst Wien (MAK)

25.11.2015, 19.00 Uhr

Kasper König
in conversation with Martin Heller

Skulptur Projekte
Münster, 1997
Jorge Pardo, Pier
Foto: Roman Mensing /

Thu, February 26, 2015, 7.00 p.m. OK Saal

About his favorite works from the previous editions of Sculpture ­Projects Münster – an almost legendary exhibition format that has been taking place every ten years since 1977 and which has influenced, and been influenced by, developments in art in the public space.

Prof. Kasper König (*1943, lives in Berlin) is a professor of art and a curator. In 1985, he was appointed chair of the new department Art and the Public at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts.

Kasper König,
Foto: Michael

Three years later, he became founding director of the Portikus exhibition space and professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, where he has served as president since 1989. König has organized several major exhibitions, including Westkunst in 1981. In 1977, he initiated with Klaus Bußmann the Sculpture Projects Münster, which he curated in 1987, 1997 and 2007 and will curate again in 2017. From 2000 to 2012, König was director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and in 2014 he curated the 10th Manifesta, the European wandering biennial, in St. Petersburg (Russia).

Martin Heller (*1952, lives in Zurich and Berlin) is a curator and cultural entrepreneur. Starting in 1986 he was a curator and then the director of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, and thereafter became artistic director of the Swiss National Exhibition Expo.02 as well as of Linz 2009 European Capital of Culture. Heller is currently working on projects including content planning for the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin.


Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius (raumlaborberlin)
in conversation with Peter Arlt

Marathon Camp Graz,
Steirischer Herbst, 2012

Thu, March 12, 2015, 7.00 p.m. OK Deck

About the work of the architects’ collective raumlaborberlin, which develops unusual tools and experiments at the crossroads of art, architecture and urban development that enable social interaction and public appropriation processes in the urban space.

Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius (*1968, lives in Berlin) is a “performance architect.” After studying at the Technical University and the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, he founded the Institute of Applied Architecture in 1999 and became a member of raumlaborberlin. From 2000 to 2003, he was artistic project manager at the Thalia Theater in Halle/Saale. In addition to various teaching activities, he regularly conducts projects, workshops and seminars in Germany and abroad and has won numerous awards.



Peter Arlt (*1960, lives in Linz) practices applied sociology in the public space – usually on his own initiative and in collaboration with others. In recent years he has undertaken an increasing number of long-term urban development projects, for example working with the Franckviertel district in Linz since 2006.


Sonja Beek
in conversation with Angelika Fitz

Sonja Beeck, chezweitz
IBA Stadtumbau, 2010
Drive Thru Gallery in
­Aschersleben mit einem
Gemälde von
Christopher Winter
Foto: Doreen Ritzaue

Tue, April 21, 2015, 7.00 p.m. OK Deck

About the prospects for small and medium-sized cities in a time of far-reaching changes, and about the opportunities available to city-makers – based on impressions, initiatives and ­practical ­examples from the 2010 International Building Exhibition in ­Saxony-Anhalt.

Sonja Beeck (*1965, lives in Berlin) studied architecture in Aachen and Karlsruhe. For the IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010 program, she developed scenarios and projects for 19 shrinking cities in Saxony-­Anhalt over a period of eight years. After a visiting professorship in urban development and regional planning at the University of Innsbruck, she taught city and regional planning at the University of Kassel and in 2011 helped develop a concept for an IBA Berlin 2020 on behalf of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban ­Development. She has been managing partner of the chezweitz GmbH studio for urban sceno­graphy and director of the commercial building group FRIZZ20 GbR, both in Berlin, since 2013.

Sonja Beeck,
Foto: Theresa Becherer


Angelika Fitz (*1967, lives in Vienna) is a cultural theorist, author and curator with her own office in Vienna since 1998. She develops curatorial projects at the intersection of architecture, art and urbanism for international museums, ministries, municipalities and cultural institutions. In addition to international publications, teaching and lecturing, Fitz is a visiting professor at the future.lab of the Vienna University of ­Technology.


Martina Löw
in conversation with Genoveva Rückert

Martina Löw, Foto:
Michael Pasternack

Mon, May 11, 2015, 7.00 p.m. OK Deck

About the intrinsic logic of cities as a condition for their development, about structures, similarities and the rivalry between cities, as well as about the question of how the residents of various cities differ from one another and why.

Martina Löw *1965, lives in Berlin) is a professor of sociology at the Technical University of Berlin. Her research fields are sociological theory, urban sociology, spatial theory and cultural sociology. She has had fellowships and visiting professorships in locations including Gothenburg (Sweden), Salvador (Brazil), St. Gallen (Switzerland), Paris and Vienna. From 2011 to 2013, Löw was chairwoman of the German Sociological Association, and she has worked as a consultant on various urban development projects. Her most important publications are Soziologie der Städte, 2010, and Raumsoziologie, 2001, both published by Suhrkamp.

Genoveva Rückert (*1974, lives in Linz) is a curator at the OK Offenes ­Kulturhaus Oberösterreich and lecturer in spatial theory at the University of Art and Design Linz. She has curated numerous international exhibitions and is responsible for program development as head of the Department of Development and Education at the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter.

Liz Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
in conversation with Sabine Pollak

Diller Scofidio + Renfro,
High Line, New York, USA

Tue, June 23, 2015, 7.00 p.m. OK Deck

About the interdisciplinary work of the New York studio DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO in the fields of architecture, the fine arts and the performing arts, and in particular about the spectacular example of the High Line, a formerly disused and now newly revived and repurposed elevated railway in Manhattan.

Liz Diller,
Foto: Abelardo Morrell

Liz Diller Liz Diller (*1954, lives in New York) teaches at Princeton University and has received the “Genius Award” of the MacArthur Foundation and the Barnard Medal for meritorious achievements in science. She is an Aspen Institute artist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the Royal Institute of British Architects. DS+R projects include the redesign of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the High Line in New York, Blur for the Swiss Expo.02, the Museu da Imagem e do Som in Rio de Janeiro, Columbia University, and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art showed a retrospective of the studio’s work and its unusual practice.


Diller Scofidio + Renfro,
Blur Building, Yverdon,

Sabine Pollak (*1960, lives in Vienna and Linz) is an architect and architectural theorist. Together with Roland Köb, she runs the architecture studio Köb&Pollak Architektur in Wolfurt and Vienna. Since 2008, Pollak has been head of the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Art and Design Linz. Her work and research interests lie in the areas of gender studies, urban studies, housing and architectural theory.

Didier Faustino
in conversation with Eva Schlegel and Martin Sturm

Didier Faustino

Thurs, 20.11.2014, 7:00 pm

Didier Faustino (*1968, lives in Paris and Lisbon) works at the intersection between art and architecture. With expressive and often provocative works, he places signals in urban space as well as in exhibitions, often addressing social realities. Faustino has received many awards and distinctions and is represented in prominent museum collections.


Eva Schlegel (*1960, lives in Vienna) developed a project for Höhenrausch 2011 and will be essentially involved in the exhibition in 2015 as well. She is chair of the University Council for the Art University Linz, teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and was commissioner for the Austrian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.