Guest Projects

STWST48x8 DEEP – 48 Hours Disconnected Connecting

Stadtwerkstatt / STWST (AT)

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Fri Sep 9, 2022, 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Sat Sep 10, 2022 - 11:59 pm
Sun Sep 11, 2022 - 6:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Stadtwerkstatt (next to Ars Electronica Center)

Finally, yes, ladies and gentlemen:

DEEP is the New Dark.

After Deep Politics, Deep Economy, Deep Industry or Deep Science, the new appropriation of depth continues. Art and research are moving into the deep, and we are mining and fracking our minds. In DEEP we find not only Deep Learning, Mind or Data, but also Deep Fake, Deep Exploitation, a lot of contradictions and an archaic mixture of mud, Gaia, Meta, Weltgeist, pre-modernity, of wild thinking, dark mirrors and speculation.
In the irrational and insightful states of the DEEP, human and non-human actors, systems and dynamics from the past, present and future connect. And they often connect in different ways than our rational world would like to regulate. The globe is visibly disconnected: nature broken, warlike conflicts, democracy in limbo, globalization crashing, consumption precarious, science drowned out, tech one-way-total, human maelstrom, autistic rage.

But still we want to be connected: With our devices, our data, nature, the world, others, every fucking thing in the universe, and in the end, ourselves.
STWST shows at Deep Open Mess between Disconnected and Connecting: analog machines, phosphorescent worlds, VR data journeys, NFP money, text destruction, discourse transformation, it spreads deep sound opera feeling, a nonbinary techno fantasia and more. Plus, texts about techno-communism and shamanism, all-around totalitarianism, goldrush politics, self-fracking, and mind-mining in STWST's newspaper Versorgerin.
The bodies think. The spirits feel. We are digging for a new humanism with the familiar announcement: pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.

With DEEP, the Stadtwerkstatt is hosting its 8th edition of the annual 48-hour non-stop showcase extravaganza in September 2022: 48 hours of genre-free art and critical production in the house's anti-white cube.


Stadtwerkstatt / STWST (AT): The STWST has existed since 1979 and is the first autonomous art and culture house in Linz. In the context of new media and media art the place has a history of significant projects since the 1980s. Current departments of the STWST: New Art Contexts, STWST Media, STWST Club, Cafe Strom. In an ongoing practice of redefining art contexts, STWST is about positions that work between art, discourse, media, critique, music, underground and the intermingled spheres of STWST.