Office of Open Questions

Kaiser-Josef-Platz 4, 8010 Graz
Mon–Sun 9:00–18:00
Closed on 30.9. and 7.10.

© Augenhaptik

The Office of Open Questions opens its doors once again! Anyone interested in exploring steirischer herbst ’19 through questions and dialogue is invited to take part in our program. We look forward to your visit!

We provide three different formats of guided tours for visitors who would like to engage with this year’s edition, Grand Hotel Abyss. The first tour, Im Fokus (In Focus), devotes an hour examining the work of one single artist in detail and investigate this position in conversation with experts. Allianzen (Alliances) explores multiple sites along the exhibition itinerary, often in discussion with artists or members of the curatorial team. Anyone who loves striking panoramic views is welcome to take part in Landschaften (Landscapes), an eight-hour day that offers an overview of the entire exhibition, including joint meals and breaks.

For school groups that would like to take a look at selected artworks in a playful manner, we recommend our escape tour through downtown Graz, Spy and Escape—Rein ins Hotel und Raus aus der Bubble (Spy and Escape—Into the Hotel and Out of the Bubble). For schools located outside of Graz, there are two special programs. All of the region’s Dieselkino cinemas are participating in the popular series Festivalfilme auf Steiermarktour (Festival Films Touring Styria). The installation Schulausflug, initially developed by Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel for the last edition of the festival, has now been expanded for steirischer herbst ’19 and can be booked as a traveling exhibition with an accompanying workshop.

All recommendations and offers for schools can be found in our online brochures Program for Schools and Festivalfilme auf Steiermarktour.

If you are hungry for even more steirischer herbst, take home our Grand Hotel Abyss Quartett edition (only available in German), a card game in which one aims to match four cards. You will be a winner, no matter what.

Tour Formats

Im Fokus
Thu and Fri 16:00
Sat 14:00
Sun 11:00

Fri and Sun 14:00

28.9. and 12.10., 10:00–18:00

The meeting point is the Office of Open Questions. Participation is free with a Festival Pass. You can book a tour online or at the Visitor and Press Center.

The program is available in Arabic, Bosnian-Croatioan-Serbian, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanisch, and Ukrainian.

Individual tours are available and can be booked for an administrative fee of 2 Euro per person.

Detailed information on times and registration is available here, or by calling the Office of Open Questions directly: t +43 664 24 500 89.

Schulausflug . . . auf Schulausflug
(School Trip . . . On a School Trip)

The kinds of things that school trips convey and what they hide is the basis for the installation Schulausflug (School Trip) by Michael Hieslmair und Michael Zinganel, which was developed for last year’s festival and has been expanded in conjunction with steirischer herbst ’19. This year the artist-architect duo transforms a passenger car trailer into a traveling exhibition and a touring venue for workshops during the duration of the festival. Visiting schools in the region of Styria, Hieslmair and Zinganel unload their trailer and invite both students and teachers to consider: What function do school trips have in times of dictatorship and repression, in times of reconstruction and faith in social progress, and in a period of event culture and corporate design? What kinds of places do schools visit—Eisenerz, Spielberg, or Graz—and what stories are told in the process? Is it the aim to take young people to visit the most beautiful sites and most successful businesses in the country, or is it to invoke a common narrative about “our” country?

Is there space for stories about failure, violence, and the exploitation of people and the natural environment?

Mon–Fri 9:00–18:00
Booking dates depend on availability

Number of participants: one school class
Length: four lesson units

3 Euro without a Festival Pass

Detailed information on times and registration is available at, or by calling the Office of Open Questions directly: t +43 664 24 500 89.

Festivalfilme auf Steiermarktour
(Festival Films Touring Styria)

The Office of Open Questions goes on tour with a special selection of films created by artists of the steirischer herbst ’19 core program. In moderated presentations geared toward school children, film works are shown at all Dieselkino cinemas in a different context from regular entertainment and are intended to challenge viewers and raise questions: What is the emotional impact of moving images and to what extent are they intended to seduce or distract us? What kind of stories and messages underlie the grand narratives even though they are not explicitly stated? The program includes films by Jeremy Deller, Jule Flierl, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Michael Portnoy, and Artur Żmijewski.

at 8:30 and 11:00

7.10., Dieselkino Fohnsdorf
8.10., Dieselkino Gleisdorf
9.10., Dieselkino Kapfenberg
10.10., Dieselkino Lieboch
11.10., Dieselkino Leibnitz

Length: two lesson units

3 Euro without a Festival Pass

Guest Director: Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze

Detailed information on times and registration is available at, or by calling the Office of Open Questions directly: t +43 664 24 500 89.

Michiel Vandevelde
Spring Comes to Haydar Pasha Station (2019)

Research photographs and selected texts

Should you happen to want to get your beard trimmed in September or October, you might very well find research material from Belgian choreographer Michiel Vandevelde’s visits to Turkey. Historical images and photographs taken in loose connection with Human Landscapes—Book II (2019), his contribution to steirischer herbst ’19, are on display in selected barbershops in Graz and in the Office of Open Questions. Further information on this project can be found in the corresponding map, written in Turkish and German, which is available at the individual venues, Verein Jukus (Annenstraße 39, 8020 Graz), and the Office of Open Questions.

Various barbershops in Graz

Office of Open Questions

Free admission

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Barbers Club
Griesplatz 27, 8020 Graz

Friseur Ayla
Eggenbergerstraße 46, 8020 Graz

Friseur Lorin
Grünegasse 2a, 8020 Graz

Friseur Salon Ramses
Keplerstraße 42, 8020 Graz

Friseur Salon Reina
Griesplatz 10, 8020 Graz

Idlhofgasse 52, 8020 Graz

Goldene Schere
Elisabethinergasse 28, 8020 Graz

Vinzenzgasse 20, 8020 Graz

Herren Friseur Image
Keplerstraße 37, 8020 Graz

Die Kunst ist meine Baustelle—von der Idee bis zur Ausführung (Art Is My Construction Site—From Idea to Realization)

School conference about the festival as workplace

During a day-long conference, the high school students of the HTBLVA Graz–Ortweinschule Bautechnik_Kunst&Design get a taste of the working environment of the festival, from conceptualization to realization. The steirischer herbst team offers insights into their respective fields and working processes through lectures, workshops, film screenings, and theater performances. Topics addressed include the responsibilities of a curator, participation in theater, and the development of outreach formats or a new corporate design. In addition, the students also look at the positions of specific artists through the eyes of visitors, not only following the development but also experiencing and understanding the impact of the works on view. The students then take part in a discussion with the curatorial team.

9.10., 8:00–18:00
Orpheum and selected festival venues

In cooperation with HTBLVA Graz–Ortweinschule Bautechnik_Kunst&Design

Detailed information on the program is available at, or by calling the Office of Open Questions directly: t +43 664 24 500 89.