Campus Exhibition 2023 – radical collective!

Kunstuni Campus 2023 @ Ars Electronica Festival celebrates radically and collectively – with dozens of initiatives promoting dialogue, debate and diversity instead of simplicity.

(Linz, September 5, 2023) At Postcity, ‘likes‘ make an orchid sprout. At the main square of Linz, a rolling archive advocates for peace under a floating circus tent. Computer-animated films projected onto the façades of the University of Arts can be seen from afar: only three examples of what you can experience at Kunstuni Campus 2023 during Ars Electronica Festival – with free admission.

From 5 to 10 September, its area will reach from Linz Central Station, where students of the Department of Interface Cultures stage the exhibition Resonating Selves at Postcity, to the city centre. At the main square and at the University of Arts, twelve more departments are active – space&designstrategies, for instance, with its agency WAAAW, World Artistic Agency Against War Initiative. Another example: A new artist collective of the Department of Visual Communication will stage a spectacle on an oversized vertical screen on the western bridgehead building.

For more than two decades, the Kunstuni Campus has been a regular starter at the Ars Electronica Festival. It is a presentation platform for students and teachers and their works, a place of exchange with other art universities from all over the globe and, this year, it is also a very special ‘party zone’: The University of Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary, with its motto radical collective.

Who Owns the Truth? The big question asked by Ars Electronica this year – and Radical Collectives! is the answer given by Kunstuni Campus 2023.Note the plural: ‘collectives’! Curator Manuela Naveau, university professor of Critical Data / Interface Cultures: ‘We want to encourage dialogue radically – and promote a conception of radicalism that does not focus on ruthlessness, but on the roots of pluralism and the dismantling of hierarchies.’

For six days, the University of Arts Linz will present dozens of original initiatives: visitors can expect installations and performances, but also a lot of interactivity in the course of workshops and debates – from the basement to the glass lecture hall under the roof of the University of Arts, where a poster session will take place. And: splace, the gallery right at the entrance at Hauptplatz 6, will exhibit digital art from a partner university, Taipei National University of the Arts.

Rector Brigitte Hütter defines Kunstuni Campus as a ’place of encounter’ and an ‘open experimenting zone for everyone who wants to join. Students, artists, researchers and visitors from near and far are welcome.’ Because: ‘Different views and approaches, dialogue and discussion are invaluable to our societies as collectives – and help them further develop for a sustainable future.’

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