The Verbier 3-D Foundation will present the work of Austrian artists Michaela Schwentner and Nik Thoenen in Verbier as part of a collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum of Bern.

Under the theme of HABITAT the Foundation has invited these artists to Verbier with an interest in exploring the alpine habitat that both Switzerland and Austria cohabitate. 

Their work SYMPOIETIC SOUNDINGS, will be shown for the first time in Verbier consisting of a film screening of Schwentner's film re-BIRDING, Artist Talk, and an intervention in Verbier village.

The event will take place on 28 September at 6pm at Creative Space in Verbier.

The event fosters a sense of appreciation for the shared habitat and encourages individuals to become stewards of the surrounding environment and gain a deeper understanding of the rich biodiversity and delicate ecosystems that define Austria and Switzerland. Through art the event seeks to inspire a sense of awe, responsibility, and awareness towards preserving the habitat, animals, and natural wonders of these two remarkable nations.

Film Screening + Artist Talk w/ Michaela Schwentner and Nik Thoenen
28 September 2023 - Creative Space Verbier 
From 6 - 8pm

  • 6pm - Apero served at Creative Space
  • 6:30pm - Welcome and intro by Foundation
  • 6:45pm - Film Screening of re-BIRDING
  • 7:15pm - Artist Talk
  • 7:45pm - Q&A from audience
  • 8pm - goodbyes

Michaela Schwentner (1970 in Linz) is an artist filmmaker, curator, lecturer at the TU Vienna and label operator (mosz records), Founder and organiser of O+spaces Jadengasse (1995-96) and club jade@rhiz (1998-2009). Co-curator and co-producer of phonoTaktik.02, Vienna (2002), fresh.trips, mkt medienkuns/irol, Innsbruck (2005), Choreography of the Frame, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2018), Transform She Said, Blickle Kino/Belvedere 21, Vienna (2019).

Exhibition, screenings, performances (selection): Centre Pompidou Paris, Manifesta 4 Frankfurt, HKW Berlin, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst Oldenburg, ACF New York, Shedhalle Zurich, CCNOA Brussels, Kiasma Helsinki, Museo Experimental El Eco Mexico City, CCCB Barcelona, UCLA Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, Kunsthalle Vienna, Secession Vienna, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Grazer Kunstverein, Kunsthaus Graz; B3 Biennial of the Moving Image Frankfurt/Main, Sundance Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, FIDMarseille, Diagonale Graz, Viennale, Int. Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Transmediale Berlin, LUFF Lausanne, Edinburgh Int. Filmfestival, London Int. Filmfestival, Wien modern, New York Underground Filmfestival, Independent Filmfestival Ro/erdam, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Evolution Filmfestival Leeds, Cork Filmfestival, Chicago Underground Filmfestival, Blickle Kino Wien/ Belvedere 21 Wien, Avanto Helsinki, Netmage Bologna.

Nik Thoenen is an independent designer and has been involved in collaborations for various projects and interventions in the field of applied art. In 1999 he co-founded the Vienna-based collective for interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art and. In 2007, together with Mika Mischler, he opened the typeface platform Binnenland. In their more recent research they both deal with topics such as cognitive type recognition and type economy or, currently, with the grotesque as a borderline phenomenon for the development of type in the emerging modern age. Nik Thoenen’s interest is in methods of using writing, language and meaning as an instrument of understanding to concrete aesthetic action. Both in performative operation and as a haptic medium in a dramaturgy of content with its immanent spatial-temporal aspect, he places the sign at the centre of his examination, both formally and in terms of content. He is actually teaching at the Kunstuniversität in Linz.

Group exhibitions include FRAC Lorraine, Metz 2010, Galerie Cité intérnational des Arts, Paris 2012, Fonderie Usine Kugler, Geneva 2012, Gutenberg-Museum, Mainz 2012, Bestform, Forum Kornhaus, Bern 2013, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin 2013, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2014, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius 2014, Museo Marino Marini, Firenze 2015, FACT Foundation, Liverpool 2015, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2015, Subtext, Designforum, Vienna 2017, Cabinet du livre d’artiste, Rennes 2018, Kunstraum ANNA, Vienna 2018.

SYMPOIETIC SOUNDINGS is supported by Austrian Cultural Forum Bern, Horizon SA, Marilynne Geiger and Cherries Ussher Von Maur.

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