Press Release Date:
12. June 2012



  • Maria Falkinger
    Marketing / Presse
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OÖ Kulturquartier
Opening: Wed., June 13, 2012, 7pm

SENSORY SENSATION is the first large-scale project extending across several buildings to be held since the opening of the OÖ Kulturquartier (Upper Austrian Culture Quarter) this March. It is a major summer exhibition in the tradition of the "rausch" projects, designed to present the new OÖ Kulturquartier in all its breadth and spatial variety to the art-going public.
The circuit for the senses begins with rotating carwash brushes installed by artist David Moises at the OK entrance and ends with fantastical perceptual objects in the new Ursulinensaal created by the Czech artists working with Petr Nickl. The project is a cooperative endeavor between the OK, the Czech artists' platform AUDABIAC, and the University of Art and Design Linz. A total of 47 national and international artists will show nearly 80 installations and objects revolving around the theme of perception.

The big "rausch" exhibitions mounted since 2009 are ambitious art outreach programs. "We have created this format with the aim of inspiring a greater appreciation for art in broad sections of the public," says Dr. Josef Pühringer, Minister-President of Upper Austria and Cultural Advisor. Unusual exhibition locations and artworks that strongly appeal to the senses are ideal for this purpose.

SENSORY SENSATION is a prime example. "We take visitors on a creative and artistic journey through the senses – one that is sure to captivate not only the classic art audience, but also children and their families," notes Dr. Pühringer. Curiosity and the urge to discover are called for here – a "DON'T TOUCH" sign is nowhere to be seen. Nor is it sufficient to just push a button to make something happen. Those who wish to really experience the exhibition must let all five senses in for an adventure and take the initiative to explore things for themselves. Observing things from afar is not enough! "The audience is like an orchestra that, through its active participation, makes the instruments play," according to Minister-President Pühringer.

"With SENSORY SENSATION," says Minister-President Pühringer, "we are embarking on a new and intense phase of cultural cooperation with the Czech Republic, which will reach its high point in spring 2013 with the cross-border regional exhibition "Alte Spuren – Neue Wege" The centerpiece of the exhibition SENSORY SENSATION is the project ORBIS PICTUS PLAY by the Czech artists' platform Audabiac, a constantly growing international traveling exhibition that has already caused quite a stir. The project will be on view in Austria for the first time.

"Imagination breaks the shackles of slavery. When it is creative, it builds a good foundation for better world." Jiří und Radana Wald

At the center of SENSORY SENSATION are the art objects and installations in the project ORBIS PICTUS PLAY initiated by Jiří and Radana Wald. With more than 30 artists and nearly 70 works, the exhibition in Linz is one of their most extensive thus far. Petr Nikl is responsible for the artistic concept.

The main goal of ORBIS PICTUS PLAY is to allow room for each viewer to freely unfold his or her own personality. The exhibition stimulates the creative imagination of the visitors by appealing to all of our senses on many different levels. Interactive artworks and instruments are made to encourage participation and to help hone our perception of the world around us. These ideas can be traced back to the visionary works of the Czech philosopher and educator Johann Amos Comenius (1592–1670) and the anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925).
On the circuit through the exhibition, the objects are grouped according to theme. The tour starts off in the Room of Fantasy with instruments in the darkened classrooms of the OK that produce light and sound when touched.
Sprouting in the OK Saal is the central exhibition component Kristalise, which during the course of time and with the participation of the public will spread across the floor of the entire room like a living organism.
A Sensorium of the twelve senses in the new upper gallery of the Ursulinensaal appeals to some additional senses besides the five ones we are already familiar with, playfully cultivating our sense of being alive, of movement, balance, warmth, words, our sense of what other people are thinking, and our sense of other people's egos.
The exhibition concept of ORBIS PICTUS PLAY culminates in the pivotal work The Heart in the Ursulinensaal. The instruments and objects here are all "analog" and function without any electronics, computer technology, recorded music or film clips. They have therefore somehow "fallen out of time and are for that very reason all the more present," says Director Martin Sturm. Human energy is the only force that can breathe life into them, setting them in motion and making them produce sounds.
Finally, a Leporello Game gathers visitors' impressions, allowing them to write the "book of the exhibition" themselves.

A series of lab projects, which in the tried-and-true OK tradition were developed in conjunction with the artists and produced on site, form the OK's contribution to the first comprehensive project in the cultural quarter.
Right at the entrance, the installation "Touch of the Tiger" by David Moises welcomes visitors to the show. Two carwash brushes in a tiger pattern, switched on and off at rhythmic intervals, optically condense through their movements and become a massaging reception line: a "gateway" to the realm of sensory perceptions.

The Upper Austrian artist Wolfgang Georgsdorf has further developed his mechanical scent organ "Smeller 1.0" expressly for the exhibition. "Smeller 2.0" is a genuine organ that enables visitors to record and store their own scent compositions and then play back the resulting olfactory chords and sequences at the touch of a button.
In the attic of the Ursulinenhof, Helga Griffiths will present the room-filling installation "Turbulent Souvenirs," made up of 15,000 perfume strips infused with the legendary scent "L'Heure Bleue" from Guerlain, created in 1912. In the background, the visitor hears the artist recounting scent memories she has gathered on site.

MAKING NEW FROM OLD – Reconstruction of the Bridges in the Sky Walkway
We regard exhibition organization and artistic production as a dynamic process. We don't create things for eternity, but instead set out to continually recharge and change them. "Transformation" and "recycling" of materials are after all often the stuff contemporary art is made of. Consistent with this approach, the "Bridges in the Sky" walkway has undergone constant changes.

According to the motto "making new from old," the artist duo Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser have created an impressive eye-catcher with their "Water Towers." Parts of the former "Bridges in the Sky" walkway were dismantled for this installation, and the duo then used the timber to build water towers that alter Linz's skyline and strongly recall metropolises like New York. It's not only the installations over the rooftops of Linz that provide new vantage points, however: through the adapted rooftop walkway, the city can also be seen from a new angle.

The third cooperation partner is the University of Art and Design Linz, Department of Design & Technology. With the help of the visitors, a water playground will be set up on a parking deck. The field of play is marked off in blue. In an open, materials-based educational approach, the art students have developed various creative water stations that will be put to the test during summer vacation in a workshop program for children and their families.
Directors: Robert Hübner and Josef Baier

The extensive Summer Vacation Workshop Program is designed especially for young visitors from 6 to 14 years of age. The senses will be even more intensively cultivated here than in the installations. One workshop, for example, deals with the valuable resource of water.
To kick off the program, right after the opening plastic tubes and hoses will be used to build a water aqueduct on the rooftop landscape. Any visitor can participate. (Concept: Reinhard Zach)
Water-music instruments and boats guide the way through the new experiential realms. A long water basin forms an experiment station, a bathtub and a pirate's hideout invite guests to join in and have a splash.
Cooking workshops will tantalize the taste buds of the young participants, and a sensory workshop for experimenting with scents will spirit the most complex of the human senses away on a spectacular olfactory journey.

in the OÖ Kulturquartier
June 14 – September 20, 2012

Idea: Julia Stoff
Curator of OK Lab: Genoveva Rückert

ORBIS PICTUS PLAY authors: Jiří und Radana Wald, künstlerisches Konzept: Petr Nikl
Production: Lenka Váňová

University of Art and Design Linz, Director of Design & Technology: Robert Hübner

Opening hours: Daily except Monday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: 10 EUR, reduced 8 EUR
Guided tours:
General tours: Daily (except Monday) 5:30 pm
Family tours: Thu – Sun 3pm, Sun also 10.30am
Registered groups: 120 EUR (price includes admission, max. 15 persons per group, 6 groups possible simultaneously, tour lasts approx. 90 min.)

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OK lab

Wolfgang Georgsdorf
*1959 in Linz (AT), lives and works in Berlin (DE) & Linz (AT).

Helga Griffiths
*1959 in Ehingen (DE), lives and works in Ober-Ramstadt (DE).

Folke Köbberling, Martin Kaltwasser
Folke Köbberling (*1969 in Kassel /DE) & Martin Kaltwasser (*1965 in Münster /DE) leben und arbeiten in Berlin (DE).

David Moises
* 1973 in Innsbruck (AT), lives and works in Vienna (AT).

Julian Palcz
* 1983 in Leoben (AT), lives and works in Vienna & Mürzzuschlag (AT).


Milan Cais
*1974, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Miroslav Černý
*1965, lives and works in Provodov bei Zlín (CZ).

Michael Delia
*1963 in New Jersey, lives and works in New Jersey (US) und Prague (CZ).

Maja Dvořáková
*1985, lives and works in Prague (CZ)

Luboš Fidler
*1951, lives and works / lives and works in Südböhmen (CZ).

Silvie Gajdošíková
*1983, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Matej Gyárfáš
*1980, lives and works in Bratislava (SK).

Oldřich Hozman
*1964, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Martin Janíček
*1961, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Ondřej Janoušek
*1974, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Klára Kohoutová
*1979, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Jiří Konvrzek
*1961, lives and works in Velvary (CZ).

Petr Korecký
*1982, lives and works in Tišnov (CZ).

Jaroslav Kořán
*1962, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Petr Lorenc
1975–2006 in Prague (CZ).

Jiří Melzer
*1962, lives and works / in / v Karlsruhe (DE).

Pavel Mrkus
*1970 in Mělník, lives and works in Nord Böhmen (CZ).

Petr Nikl
*1960 in Zlín, lives and works in Prague (CZ) und New York (US) York.

Ondřej Puchta
*1986, lives and works in Sazovice (CZ).

Ueli Seiler-Hugova
*1942, lives and works in der Schweiz (CH).

Quido Sen
*1974, lives and works in Baar (CH).

Ondřej Smeykal
*1975, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Václav Smolka
*1956, lives and works in Krnov (CZ).

Marianna Stránská
*1986 in (CZ), lives and works in Pragueue (CZ).

Čestmír Suška
*1952, lives and works in Prague (CZ).

Zdeněk Šmíd
*1971 in Zlín, lives and works in Zlín (CZ).

Ján Turzo
*1978, lives and works in Bratislava (SK).

Dušan Váňa
*1982, lives and works in Brno (CZ).

Jiří Wald
*1950 in Ostrava (CZ), lives and works in Prague (CZ).

University of Art and Design Linz, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Florian Felix BRANDL,
Julia DENK,
Reinhard ZACH
Supervisors: Josef BAIER, Christoph WEIDINGER.
Director of Design & Technolog: Robert HÜBNER