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    Crossing a displaced border

    Tomash Schoiswohl

    Wiener Linien Bau Sujet 01

    The historic border which the ‘Linienwall’, the outer line of fortifications for Vienna, once etched around the city still exists today, yet mostly as a traffic structure. But where are the new borders in the city? The exhibition ‘WIENER LINIEN BAU’ examines which lines of the former fortifications and today’s Vienna Transport Services are meandering through Vienna: do they connect or separate?

    From Sankt Marx to Spittelau – the ‘Linienwall’ of Vienna (1704–1894) drew a dividing line through the city of today. Free flow was only granted to the capital. Today, this also flows along the lines, though now they are the underground lines of Vienna’s transport services: along the newly planned U2 line is where individuals prefer investing in property. Citizens were made to think of the ‘Linienwall’ as a protective structure. But whom did it protect? Property and the tax system. The house rules of the Vienna Transport Services, on the other hand, protect us from ourselves: on trains, trams, and busses we are not to drink alcohol, not to beg, and must not carry pointed objects – anyone who does not fit into the picture or has no money for a ticket is excluded. Yet who protects against attacks and racial discrimination? Why has no one built a campaign barrier against racial slurs on public transport?

    In Spittelau, at the site of the former University of Economics, the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU examines the overlapping of Vienna’s historical lines with those of the city’s public-transport system as it is today. Unlike the rampart, the new underground line is intended to connect people and neighbourhoods. However, a citizens’ initiative in the neighbourhood of Matzleinsdorferplatz fears that just like once the wall, the planned U2 would separate the 10th and the 5th districts more than connect them. More information can be gained during the city walks of WIENER LINIEN BAU, where not only the remains of the historical walls but also forms of resistance against expropriation and valorisation are explored – both those of yesteryear and today.

    Former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)
    Public transport stop ‘Spittelau‘: U4/U6, Bus 35A
    The exhibition at the former University is barrier-free. Barrier-free entrance / elevator directly at the bus stop.

    Tomash Schoiswohl lives in Vienna, teaches art and works with the topic Matzleinsdorferplatz Vienna.

    In collaboration with:
    Exhibition concept, narrator: Welile K. Giorgi
    Exhibition development: Juliana dos Santos
    ProductionJulia Mitterbauer
    Camera, film and production: Juri Schaden
    Production: Matthias Schoiswohl
    ConstructionJohann Schoiswohl
    City walk: Anton Tantner

    Event languages: German, English

    Photo credits: Juri Schaden (above), Tomash Schoiswohl (below = "Linienwall")

    detailed program

    Wed, 19. 9., 17:00 - 20:00

    OPENING of exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU

    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Thu, 20. 9., 14:00 - 20:00

    EXHIBITION: WIENER LINIEN BAU

    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Thu, 20. 9., 15:00 - 16:00

    Walk and guided tour through the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU, led by Tomash Schoiswohl

    Meeting point: underground station ‘Spittelau’, exit U6, J. Holaubek Platz.

    Please bring rain protection in the event of inclement weather.


    Thu, 20. 9., 17:30 - 20:00

    Walk – the last foothills of the Linienwall: Danube cut bank and city wilderness. A stroll led by Anton Tantner.

    Meeting point: U3 station ‘Schlachthausgasse’, outbound exit.

    Please bring rain protection in the event of inclement weather.
    Please register by 17 September 2018 via e-mail to reservation@wienwoche.org


    Fri, 21. 9., 14:00 - 20:00

    Exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU

    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Fri, 21. 9., 15:00 - 16:00

    Walk and guided tour through the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU, led by Tomash Schoiswohl

    Meeting point: underground station ‘Spittelau’, exit U6, J. Holaubek Platz.

    Please bring rain protection in the event of inclement weather.


    Fri, 21. 9., 17:00 - 19:00

    Talk – WIENER LINIEN BAU – On the history and present of a displaced border

    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Sat, 22. 9., 14:00 - 18:00

    Exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU

    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Sat, 22. 9., 15:00 - 16:00

    Walk and guided tour through the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU, led by Tomash Schoiswohl

    Meeting point: underground station ‘Spittelau’, exit U6, J. Holaubek Platz.

    Please bring rain protection in the event of inclement weather.


    Sun, 23. 9., 14:00 - 20:00

    WIENER LINIEN BAU – Matzleinsdorferplatz

    Meeting point: ‘Feuerwerk’, Gudrunstraße 196b, 1100 Vienna

    2–3pm: compote – information on the transformation of Matzleinsdorferplatz
    3–6pm: WIENER LINIEN BAU – walk
    Meeting point: Matzleinsdorferplatz, Feuerwerk, Gudrunstraße 196b, 1100 Vienna. Please bring rain protection in the event of inclement weather.
    6–8pm: conclusion and ending at Feuerwerk
    Please register by 21 September 2018 vial e-mail to reservation@wienwoche.org


     

    Dates

    Wed, 19. 9., 17:00 - 20:00

    OPENING of exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU
    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Thu, 20. 9., 14:00 - 20:00

    EXHIBITION: WIENER LINIEN BAU
    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Thu, 20. 9., 15:00 - 16:00

    Walk and guided tour through the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU, led by Tomash Schoiswohl
    Meeting point: underground station ‘Spittelau’, exit U6, J. Holaubek Platz.

    Thu, 20. 9., 17:30 - 20:00

    Walk – the last foothills of the Linienwall: Danube cut bank and city wilderness. A stroll led by Anton Tantner.
    Meeting point: U3 station ‘Schlachthausgasse’, outbound exit.

    Fri, 21. 9., 14:00 - 20:00

    Exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU
    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Fri, 21. 9., 15:00 - 16:00

    Walk and guided tour through the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU, led by Tomash Schoiswohl
    Meeting point: underground station ‘Spittelau’, exit U6, J. Holaubek Platz.

    Fri, 21. 9., 17:00 - 19:00

    Talk – WIENER LINIEN BAU – On the history and present of a displaced border
    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Sat, 22. 9., 14:00 - 18:00

    Exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU
    at the former University of Economics, Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna, 1st floor: auditorium (ballroom)

    Sat, 22. 9., 15:00 - 16:00

    Walk and guided tour through the exhibition WIENER LINIEN BAU, led by Tomash Schoiswohl
    Meeting point: underground station ‘Spittelau’, exit U6, J. Holaubek Platz.

    Sun, 23. 9., 14:00 - 20:00

    WIENER LINIEN BAU – Matzleinsdorferplatz
    Meeting point: ‘Feuerwerk’, Gudrunstraße 196b, 1100 Vienna