Date of Publishing:
December 20, 2016

© Kunsthaus Graz
© Ben Russell

Agents of Confusion!

10 Feb 17. 10:00 - 19:00

Dizzying Conversations between Art and Science in the Framework of the Exibition Dizziness – Navigating the Unknown.

The one-day symposium titled Agents of Confusion! brings together artistic and cross-disciplinary research on dizziness, with speakers from the fields of philosophy, visual arts, creativity research and cultural studies in the form of screenings, artists’ talks, lectures and discussions.

The process of slipping into dizzying freefall, of sliding into uncertainty, becoming stuck, losing one’s way, giving up are as much actions as occurrences, both active and passive. Dizziness is a midway state at the point where everything and nothing seems possible, where certainty and uncertainty are in superposition, marked by an increasing loss of control. What potential for action is there here, in a system that is out of kilter? What does taking a step here mean? Or formulating a thought, daring to have an idea?

Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz,
T +43-316/8017-9200

Price: free of charge
Registration: no registration necessary

10:00 Welcome

Barbara Steiner, Head, Kunsthaus Graz, and Katrin Bucher Trantow, Chief Curator, Kunsthaus Graz

10:20 – 11:00 Defining Dizziness

On Dizziness—A Resource, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond

Locating Vertigo. An experimental History of Spatial Confusion, Rebekka Ladewig

Break 11:20 – 12:45 Falling into Dizziness

Trying To Survive, Anna Jermolaewa (video screening)

Balance and Anxiety, Matti Mintz

High Wire, Catherine Yass (video screening)

Vertigo in the City, Davide Deriu

Vertigo and Balance, Franz Schautzer

Break 13:00 – 14:20 Potential for Creativity

Introduction of the Competition and Survey ‘Living in a Dizzying World’, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond

W O W, Victoria Schmid (video screening)

Vestibular Variable, Brandon Walley (video screening)

Dizziness in the Creative Process – an Experience Sampling Study, Mathias Benedek,

Speed of Life, Michaela Schwentner (video screening)

Panel Discussion: Mathias Benedek, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Sergio Edelsztein, Victor Landström, Viktoria Schmid, Michaela Schwentner, Sebastian Wahlforss, Chair: Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond

Late Lunch  15:15 – 16:45 Thinking and Acting

Dizzy Mess, Vivian Ostrovsky and Ruti Gadish (video screening)

Queering Dizziness, Karoline Feyertag

Trypps , Ben Russell

Risk and Inebriation, Gerald Koller

Balanced Acts, conversation btw. Ariel Schlesinger and Sergio Edelsztein

Break 17:00 – 19:00 Concluding the Day

Dizziness and Balance, between Affect and Effect, Oliver Hangl, Vivian Ostrovsky, Oliver Ressler, Ariel Schlesinger, Ben Russell, Esther Stocker, Chair: Katrin Bucher Trantow

Trying To Survive, Anna Jermolaewa (video screening)

Resumée, Karoline Feyertag followed by:

Open Discussion with Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Mathias Benedek, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Davide Deriu, Sergio Edelsztein, Rebekka Ladewig, Matti Mintz, Franz Schautzer, Chair: Karoline Feyertag

End of the Day: Informal Discussions, Drinks Participants:

  • Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Artists, Artist Curators and Artistic Researchers, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
  • Mathias Benedek, Creativity Researcher, Institute for Psychology, University of Graz
  • Katrin Bucher Trantow, Chief Curator at Kunsthaus Graz
  • Davide Deriu, Reader, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster
  • Sergio Edelsztein, Director of CCA, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
  • Karoline Feyertag, Philosopher and Essayist, Vienna, Klagenfurt
  • Ruti Gadish, Visual Artist, Tel Aviv
  • Oliver Hangl, Performance Artist, Vienna
  • Gerald Koller, Risk and Inebriation Pedagogue,
  • Rebekka Ladewig, Chair of Theory of Media Worlds, Bauhaus University Weimar
  • Viktor Landström + Sebastian Wahlforss, Visual Artists, Malmø
  • Matti Mintz, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University
  • Vivian Ostrovsky, Visual Artists, Tel Aviv, Paris, Miami
  • Oliver Ressler, Artistic Researcher and Visual Artist, Vienna
  • Ben Russell, Media Artist and Curator, Paris, Chicago
  • Franz Schautzer, Head of Vertigo Ambulance, Department of Neurology and Psychosomatic Medicine, Landeskrankenhaus Villach
  • Ariel Schlesinger, Visual Artist, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Berlin
  • Viktoria Schmid, Visual Artist, Vienna
  • Michaela Schwentner, Visual Artist, Vienna
  • Esther Stocker, Visual Artist, Vienna
  • Catherine Yass, Visual Artist, London

In cooperation with the Institute for Psychology, University of Graz. Supported by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Dizziness - A Resource (FWF-PEEK) and the David Herzog Fund of the Styrian Universities.