Gernot Wieland

Past, Present, Present, Past (2019)

Gernot Wieland’s diagrams illustrate some of the basic concepts of his lecture performance, held as part of steirischer herbst’s Opening Extravaganza. Both here and there, he examines the Austrian predilection for culinary delights and easy living as an expression of repressed feelings of guilt, hate, and powerlessness. One of his heroes is the prophet Jonah. In Wieland’s lecture, he appears as a Monty Pythonesque figure, ridiculous through and through. In many ways, he resembles a child oppressed by his mother and father who might become a serial killer out of frustration, as the first diagram shows. The second diagram elaborates this basic structure into a broader field of repression—sequences which generate the desires and symbolisms that define reality.

19.9.19, 21:00

Opening Extravaganza

Duration: 40 min.

→  Video Archive

Congress Graz, Stefaniensaal
Albrechtgasse 1
8010 Graz
♿ Venue accessible for wheelchairs

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In English

Free admission with Festival Pass
No single tickets, no reservations, no late admission

Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ’19

Translation German to English: Gernot Wieland
Proofreading: Maxwell Stephens

Gernot Wieland (1968, Horn, Austria) is an artist working with text, video, and lecture-performance. His work is based on memories and their narration, and weaves historical facts together with personal histories to create a sense of the uncanny. Wieland lives in Berlin.