Trans-Siberian Railway Project Trip

Exkursion03. 04. 2019

The romantic idea of travelling artists, experiencing unknown and challenging settings during their extensive journeys, is mirrored in a contemporary form by a nomadic art world. Living, working and exhibiting takes place all over the globe. Simultaneously, travelling itself is hardly the moment anymore where artistic production happens due to rather short travelling times. At its best, the atmosphere of airports invites one to answer organizational emails. In contrast, riding the Trans-Siberian Railway creates a situation that turns the journey itself into the principal goal, considering its spatial and temporal dimensions. While the traveller’s radius of movement is limited to a couple of square meters by the outline of the wagon, the train crosses thousands of kilometers with a variety of geographical landscapes, cultures and political entities. For the duration of about two weeks in spring 2019 a group of teachers and students from the departments of Site-Specific Art and Painting & Animation Film at the University of Applied Arts Vienna were investigating this juxtaposition of a very limited and a very expanded mobility in order to create a productive tension. Moving slowly from Beijing to Moscow, they used the train compartments as studio space and engaged in the production of new work, now shown at their final stop of the journey: Moscow.

Participating artists: Ana Likar (SLO) Florian Berger (AUT) & Sara Bissen (KAZ) Gabriele Edlbauer (AUT) Jiyoon Lee (KOR) Laura Hatting (GER) Lukas Dworschak (AUT) & Sebastian Doringer (AUT) Sophie Vitovec (AUT) Stefan Wirnsperger (AUT)

A joint project by the Department of Site-Specific Art and the Department of Painting and Animated Film, Institute of Fine Arts & Media Art, University of Applied Arts Vienna