Die Stadt & Das gute Leben
Graz Kulturjahr 2020


September 2020

September 2020 – February 2021

A project for “Graz Kulturjahr 2020” by and with:
Daniela Brasil; Büro für Pessi.mismus; Camera Austria; Eggenberger Vielfalt; FH Joanneum – Lehrgang Soziale Arbeit; Forum Stadtpark; Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz; Natur.Werk.Stadt; Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch; Stadt-LABOR; Stadtteilprojekt EggenLend; Talenteküche; Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, Helmut Weber).

Mapping »Die Stadt & Das gute Leben«, 2020. Drawing by Daniela Brasil.


In the project “Die Stadt & Das gute Leben” (The City & The Good Life), Camera Austria is expanding—in collaboration with artists, experts, and cooperation partners from the Graz district of Eggenberg—the scope of investigating the contemporary city to include various public areas. The project also thematizes changes in the temporality of public and private spaces, and it subjects Camera Austria’s own institutional space to a unique form of negotiation: the exhibition site is opened up and linked with the city. Camera Austria is thus turned into urban space, into a hiatus from the city, and then again into a working space, a rehearsal space, a bulletin board, a narrative space, a research station, a film and lecture room, and a space of appreciation. Finally, a symposium and a special edition of the magazine Camera Austria International will complement the range of contributions.

“The City & The Good Life” is both an experimental intervention in public space and an exhibition practice. It enables networking and gives rise to collective narrative spaces. It takes an interest in architecture, art, and education, transforms exhibition rooms into urban spaces and vice versa, intervenes and invites, and seeks to be both a place of gathering and a temporary archive. The project sets out to spark impulses for an intensified debate on existing antagonisms in urban space (workshops), but also to embark on urban excursions. It aims to initiate different forms of knowledge transfer from and in international discourse on urbanity (symposium), demonstrate how this knowledge can be translated into artistic practices (exhibition), and probe or dissolve the boundaries between institutional and public spaces (public lessons).

The project will open in September, 2020, following an extensive redesign of the exhibition space, including a new entry area. To follow the progress of the project and to obtain more information about the activities and events, see: www.diestadtunddasguteleben.at