Opening of the exhibition CREATING COMMON GOOD
Monday, November 16, 6pm

The exhibition "Creating Common Good" is a cooperation between KUNST HAUS WIEN and this year’s VIENNA ART WEEK, presenting 35 international artistic positions focusing on the theme of the “common good” and related global and immediate issues on different levels. The idea of common good is based on shared use of resources such as air, water, public spaces and services, health, education, science, internet and cultural institutions.

According to sociologist and economist Saskia Sassen, the major socio-cultural and eco-political changes that have followed the unleashing of the world market and the privatisation of public spaces and goods lead directly to a shift in what is considered and treated as “common property” in practice. Claiming “There is no alternative”, the Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher, enforced neo-liberal economic policies in the 1980s; as a consequence of these deregulation measures, the distribution of goods within the community started to disintegrate. The economist Thomas Palley responded with the claim that “TINA is out, long live TIAA” and the slogan “There is An Alternative”: the model of an open society.

Mass movements of refugees, crises of equal distribution, youth unemployment – partially caused by corruption within the system and lobbyists – demand comprehensive restructuring, causing a demand for a new public consciousness of the common good.

The artists participating in the exhibition formulate new criteria and scenarios for the joint creation and use of resources. They plead for a greater political sense of responsibility, propagate the strengthening of civil societies and micro-systems, sketch alternative concepts to the establishment, and make the ethical claim to be designing their own society. “When we began our research for Creating Common Good, we were aware of the impact the loss of ‘common good’ has had on our society – the far-reaching dynamic of the current global political situation has had an immediate, palpable effect on our lives. The activism shown by our civil society and the failure of politics to manage the crisis by taking direct humanitarian measures demonstrate the urgent need for alternatives, some of which have artistic projects and concepts as their point of departure, and some of which are taken up by these projects.”

Akram Al Halabi, Atelier Van Lieshout, Joseph Beuys, Bernhard Cella, Ramesch Daha, Democracia, Ines Doujak, Teresa Estapé, Peter Friedl, Leon Golub, Tamara Grcic, Gruppe Uno Wien, Markus Hiesleitner, Heidrun Holzfeind, Anna Jermolaewa, Folke Köbberling, Ernst Logar, Teresa Margolles, Adrian Melis, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Lisl Ponger, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Isa Rosenberger, Tim Sharp, Santiago Sierra und Jorge Galindo, Axel Stockburger, tat ort, Johanna Tinzl, transparadiso, Patricia K. Triki, Nasan Tur, Anna Witt, Ina Wudtke, Sislej Xhafa

Curators: Robert Punkenhofer and Ursula Maria Probst