Gürtel Dada Jukebox revitalizes public space through art with the active involvement of the public.
Gürtel Dada Jukebox, is a project that proposes reactivating and revitalizing public space through the means of culture, in particular art performances and improvisations where the artists come into interaction with the audience and create an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Covid-19 outbreak has not only emptied public spaces in our cities, taking them away from people, but also oppressed the citizens, pushing them into isolation and fear. In order to get past this, Architekten Tillner & Willinger, an architecture and urban design firm and Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard, a contemporary artist couple, come together to reclaim the public space around Hernalser Gürtel in Vienna.
In 2001, Kubus Export, this “glass body”, was designed as a part of URBION project and is the first Austrian project co-funded by EU. It was born through a collaboration between Architekten Tillner & Willinger and the famous Austrian artist, Valie Export and has been showcasing artworks and performances by a variety of artists while at the same time, maintaining and highlighting a visual bridge between the two sides of Hernalser Gürtel. The area has now been deserted for a year.
The idea is to use the space inside and around Kubus Export for art performances and it consists of the following elements:
A big screen that will be installed in Kubus Export. While it is not possible for all the actors of the performance to be present in the same place and at the same time- due to safety measures -, the screen will provide the possibility of combining live and recorded performances in order to enrich the whole experience for the audience. It can also be helpful in case some of the artists are performing live at a different location; by using wifi technology, their live performance will be presented on this big screen.
The artists Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard plan artistic intervention on-site and through improvisations, interact with the audience in order to create an enjoyable atmosphere. We believe in the important role that artists could play in our transition from the current oppression state to socially active and recovered societies of tomorrow.