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Slamming: Words Are All You’ve Got

Vienna’s Café Prückel is not easily impressed by great poets and writers. After all, too many are already there slouching in a corner, sipping a single Melange for hours while writing their masterpieces in the old café. In order to get poets out of a coffee house chair and into the spotlight, Prückel has its […]

Conscientious Deserters Recognised

The City of Vienna announced plans to erect by 2013 Austria’s first monument to soldiers who deserted the Wehrmacht, the National Socialist army but the memorial’s location is still undecided. The pressure group Gerechtigkeit für die Opfer der NS-Militärjustiz (Justice for the Victims of NS Military Prosecutions) wants the Heldenplatz to host the monument, to […]

The Many Faces of Cindy Sherman

The Many Faces of Cindy Sherman

Photographer Cindy Sherman arrived in New York in the late 1970s from upstate Buffalo, at about the same time that Clegg and Guttmann were resettling there from Israel. And in parallel with a massive retrospective on her work at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, we have the opportunity to view the That’s […]

Original Sin: The Dollfuss Legacy

Finally, Austria seems to be clearing out the skeletons in its closet: In 2009, court convictions of soldiers who deserted the National Socialist Wehrmacht During World War II were formally annulled. And a memorial in Vienna, planned for 2013, will finally honour the conscientious deserters, seeking to redress having been disowned so long ago by […]

Clegg & Guttmann: Unraveling Codes of Status

Before the glass façade of the Bawag Contemporary on Franz-Josefs-Kai, the high intensity reflections from the UNIQA Tower LichtSpiel across the Wienfluss bounce before our eyes. We push past the crowd of art lovers, Viennese bohos, and hangers-on to wrench open the tall glass door. Inside, the raw concrete floors and stripped industrial ceiling blend […]

Wiener Charta

An independent commission tasked with writing a “Vienna Charta”, guidelines to enhance communal life in the capital, has commenced discussions with citizens. Consisting of six members of civil society, the commission (Beirat) has enlisted some 260 partner organisations to host online group talks, with about 20 citizens each, until 14 October. A report of findings […]

When Cultures Collide, Life Is a Cabaret

Jenny Simanowitz is a natural comedian.  It’s clear from the way she blows into a room, in a swirl of arms and bangles and flowing fabric, with an amused twinkle in her eye at the absurdity of the scene. Any scene. Whatever’s happening, or about to happen, she’s ready. “I expect to have a good […]

Marathon Training, with a Viennese View

Marathon Training, with a Viennese View

There is a myth floating around, ever since the days of Pheidippides, that there is a glitch in the genetic make-up of a marathon runner. The sanity of a person who enjoys the mental and physical punishment of running 42km could be called into question. Granted, the pioneer did collapse and die after making it […]

A Licence to Torture

The police officer touched his index finger to his lips, signalling silence. With his other hand he shooed pedestrians away. The quiet gloom of a foggy November night had just been disrupted. At 1:00, 15 police cars with glaring lights had barricaded the residential street in the 2nd District, and dozens of troopers, including heavily […]

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