If you google “Go West” you will immediately find yourself confronted with no less than 459 million hits going from Pet Shop Boys to Village People, Marx Brothers right to Buster Keaton. In the end you would probably come to the conclusion that vision and disillusion, hope and failure, affection and resentment wealth and misery are often not far apart.
If you link the term directly to Austria, the most important significance of “Go West” is travel. In the last couple of centuries people came to the so called New World for very different reasons. Discovering what modern people think and feel when they hear the word “USA” is no less exciting. Hence in the context of the project “Go West 2015” artists and scientists Jutta Fischel, Markus Kupferblum and Konrad Stania are going to paint a vivid collage of opinions and history.
Centerpiece of the installment will be projections of recorded interviews be it with (still living in Austria) Austrians or with those, who have already gone west. Portraits, video and photo installations will immerse you into the real life adventure of emigration. “Go West” - An old home, a new home, a coming back and in between a journey into the unknown.
A landscape gardener, who became a photographer. Jutta Fischel was born in Vienna in 1961. She is particularly interested in the depiction and the passing of time in pictures. Her works were displayed in famous Austrian institutions such as WUK, Linzer Landesbibliothek, Galerie Sonnensegel and the Wiener Raimundtheater.
Markus Kupferblum, (born June 12, 1964 in Vienna) is an Austrian director of opera and theater, writer and clown. He is founder of Totales Theater in Vienna and an expert for the commedia dell’arte. Having studied in Paris with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux, he has so far staged productions in France, Austria, Germany, England, Spain, Belgium, USA, Peru, Bolivia, Korea, Lebanon, Israel, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Switzerland and Italy. His theater work won him numerous prizes not only in his native Austria, but also in France. 2012 together with Bernd C. Sucher he launched the European Theater Day for tolerance. He teaches drama at different universities in Vienna, Munich, Stuttgart and Michigan.
Having first studied cultural technics and water economy, he soon turned to photography and media design. Born 1961 in Krems an der Donau (Austria), he now lives and works in Lower Austria and Vienna. He works and experiments with photography, visualization and animation. His projects found entrance in exhibitions at WUK, Universität für Bodenkultur, Wiener pool7 and in Bibliotheksgalerie Krems.
When: The exhibition will be open from May 4 - 15, 2015 | Mon - Fri: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 5pm
Where: Embassy of Austria , 3524 International Court, NW, Washington DC
Tickets: FREE | no registration required