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moderato cantabile
Festival centre at Joanneum
37% visual arts
37% architecture
18% meeting point
8% entertainment

An explosion. Tremor, bang, smithereens. A catastrophe, a misfortune, no doubt.
The artists and architects Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius and Jan Liesegang from raumlaborberlin build their own explosion outside and into the festival centre – inspired by a sequence from Antonioni’s film classic “Zabriskie Point”. To them, explosion is above all a form. A structure that develops a fascinating power at the very moment of its dissipation. An event that destroys but also makes room for new and unexpected things. A landmark visible from far and wide: particularly at night when the splintery structure protrudes aglow from the Joanneum.
A walk-in form, the explosion takes you into the heart of the festival centre, the exhibition, the café. Inside is monochrome. With the aid of a few modifications, the Baroque interiors of the most senior and second-largest Austrian museum are opened up towards the city, furniture and windows cut out of former exhibition architecture. The building becomes a relief with different layers of time; immersed in a few hues on the ground floor that slowly give way to the nuances of a black-and-white film as you go up. We are accents of colour in sculptural spaces.

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Commissioned by steirischer herbst
In co-operation with steirischer herbst & Landesmuseum Joanneum
Project sponsors Steiermärkische Sparkasse, Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark, PORR, Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG, Teerag-Asdag AG Steiermark & XAL

03/10 - 26/10
Sun - Thu 10 am - 1 am,
Fri & Sat 10 am - 3 am

Fri 03/10, 7.30 pm
Opening of the festival centre and of the exhibitions
with Noah Fischer, Saalschutz (live) et al.

Comeback nights with special guests in the bar

Sat 04/10, 9.30 pm
raumlaborberlin (D)
Sat 11/10, 9.30 pm
Nature Theater of Oklahoma (USA)
Sat 18/10, 9.30 pm
International Festival (S)
Sat 25/10, 9.30 pm
Herr Manfred (A)

Festival centre
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius (D) & Jan Liesegang (D)

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