HISTORY of KulturAXE
The projects and activities of KulturAXE always focused on crosscultural communication, on encounters, cooperations and mutual inspirations reaching over nations, disciplines, generations. The first large exhibition was triggered 1989 by the ‚Gentle Revolution‘ in former Czechoslovakia and used the new open frontier to Austria for a mutual presentation of artworks in both countries – the first independent and joint art event after more than 40 years of a restrictive regime! 1991 the exhibition DIAGONALE took place in the City Gallery Bratislava, and assembled German, Slovakian and Czech artists of different generations to present abstract artworks. 1991 was also the year of the first Summer Academy, which took place in Slovakia – a project which in the meantime has developed to a worldwide communication platform for artistic exchange.
In 1993 a new cycle started with ‚LASER-ART, symbiosis art and technology‘, a workshop within the frame of the Summer Academy that brought together renowned artists from 5 nations and experts of lasertechnology with excellent equipment to an experimental working situation with open outcome. Project-oriented new media workshops followed every year, involving amongst other, video, CD ROM, light-projections, internet, silicon graphics – on topics such as simulation models of new forms of communication, perception phenomena, avatars, superworlds, time & space and the change to an information society and internetworld.
TALKS, DISCUSSIONS & ABSTRACTS
In 1994, with the introduction of ‚HUMANISM-TALKS‘, an even more discursive and reflective character began to form the activities; representatives from historico-cultural, philosophical fields and social sciences discussed with the audience of the Summer Academy whether ‚ART IS LUXURY‘. Also here, further seminars followed as well as the issuance of abstracts and lecture notes, covering different topics such as ‚Art and Creativity‘, Cyberanthropology, Cybershamanism, Myth Death and Religion and more.
1997 the project SONDE WATER-AXIS EUROPA was conceived, a ship as sonde, an ‚emotion barometer‘, no fixed artistic manifestation, but a flowing articulation, its content in permanent change, leaving the end open – in the flood / flow; artists as creative intiators, as transformateurs or interpreters of the systems of scientific disciplines.
THE BIG 5
Communication, networks and cooperation on a physical and virtual level:
- Cooperation and creation of networks in the urban space, in the immediate vicinity as well as on national and international level. Cooperation with artists, art- and culture-initiatives, institutions or universities and academies;
- Communication as direct and near-to-life as possible involving everyday-matters;
- Personal encounters and meetings;
- Communication platform for a worldwide artistic exchange and intercultural dialogue focusing on Eastern European nations and nations with travel restrictions;
- Discursive processes and fostering of reflective interpretation on an interdisciplinary level, linking art, science, philosophy and more;
- Analysis of perception phenomena and new communication models in the artistic context;
- Exploring of a ‚universal grammar‘ or image-language.
KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION
Use of modern information technologies and exploring new fields of action in art; scenarios of the future.
- Use and investigate new media and modern information technologies;
- Explore new fields of action in art; Treat future oriented questions of knowledge (with a focus on identity / values / society); imparting and publishing the processes and results.
Creation of temporary and autonomous ‚art zones‘ in the public, semi-public and virtual space:
- Create Think-, Idea-, and Impulse-spaces;
- Explore the living space / urban space; within the frame of art projects/events, opening of ‚doors and tresholds‘ of non- or hardly visible art-infrastructures (ateliers, studios, art- or culture institutions) and art presentations in empty / unused spaces;
- Art presentations in the virtual space up to live-presentations via webstreams, radio or TV.
Experience time as quality, from its slow contemplative aspect to immediate data- and information-transfer.
Themes and contents directly relevant to life or mankind; ‚models of desire‘. Fostering discussions, art and interdisciplinary projects, which deal with topics such as identity, desire, emotion, enthusiasm, visions, perception or values.