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Issue 7.1 / 2018
Letter from the editors
Bernhard Garnicnig, Maximilian Thoman

Let us take you, dear reader, to a street corner in Vienna where artists and janitors, writers and electromagnetic waves, books, friends and dogs have added layers to a story about space and place, institutions and intentions within folds and loops of time.  


free wifi here
Jamie Allen

In 2014, the author was having trouble getting online while stuck at an airport without a wallet or phone and imagined a place that might be both "Free as in Art" and "Free as in Internet".


Going Wireless in the Belle Epoque
Erik Born
The Belle Époque witnessed not only the construction of the Viennese Palais des Beaux Arts, but also many predictions about possible alliances of arts and technology yet to come. In this photo essay, Erik Born puts utopian images of a wireless revolution from around 1900 in dialogue with emerging scholarship on the pragmatics of going wireless since the year 2000.
The exhibition space as a laboratory
Lia Carreira
If exhibition spaces are also laboratories for testing things out beyond cultures of controlled consumption, then they also are places where we must experiment with the conditions to which individuals are subjected in the institutions around them; or, as a 1966 article from Life Magazine uncovered by the author puts it: in some cases "a good janitor becomes as important as a good curator."
Big Time Museum
Fabian Faltin
It is the year 2117. Remains of a work by Hito Steyerl have been found aboard a sunken vessel in the lagoon of Venice. In his address to attendants of what used to be known as a Finissage, Fabian Faltin presents the most ambitious research project of the past 100 innovation cycles at the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien: the reconstruction of a so-called „video installation“ from the early 21st century.
Artist Chat
Franziska Huemer-Fistelberger

What is site-specific work for a place that exists in history as much as it exists in data, as projection and imagination, in matter and memory? The interviewer sat down for an artists chat with some of the creators of commissioned work for the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien collection.

G is for Geography
Geraldine Juárez

“Imaging the world as something else than overflows of data digitally re-presenting the world-as-an-exhibition might be something that memory institutions have already given up to imagine. As the Google Cultural Institute shows, their museality and institutionality has been colonised by the culture-as-data sensibility and now is just up for grabs.”

The Occupation of Institutionality and Institutional Liberation – Interview with Not An Alternative
Steve Lyons, Jason Jones

While the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien occupied a street corner in Vienna, the activist organisation Not An Alternative ran The Natural History Museum in New York City as an occupation of institutionality itself to liberate institutions from their insidious corporate entanglements.


Art on the moon?
Rosemary Lee, Manuel Minch

In a similar spirit to the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien, Manuel Minch launched Internet Moon Gallery in 2016 with the intention of exploring new modes of creating and engaging with digital art, challenging, among other things, the economy of attention in the era of the infinite scroll. He found a different place to situate his intentions and considerations: the moon.

Radio visions: Technological, commercial and artistic radio utopias
Armin Medosch

In this excerpt from “Freie Netze” (Free Networks, 2003), Armin Medosch outlines the impact of early wireless technologies on technology, economics and art. This a first translation of this early work by the author, who passed away in 2017.

The Palais around the corner from Musil and Wittgenstein
Eva-Maria Mandl

There are places where people grow up and leave, and others, whose past and future continue to inhabit ourselves ever more deeply as we explore the links between street corners, book pages and histories of ideas. Let Eva-Maria Mandl take you, dear reader, on a quick stroll around her neighbourhood.


Vaporous Evening Dresses
Seth Weiner
In 2016, the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien commissioned Seth Weiner to work on a series of watercolors based upon historic Chic Parisien catalogs. Weiner’s work uncovers significant gaps in the institution’s catalog of transformations since 1908: occupation, confiscation, restitution, restoration and reinstitution. His project proposes occupying the Palais des Beaux Arts for the next 100 years.