A look into the futures
The Kunsthaus Graz, with its exhibition for SHOWING STYRIA, ventures to glimpse into the future of our province. The Future starts in the Present: whether it is about fair allocation of resources, social and spatial policies, mobility, identity and gender constructions, or about digital ethics.
The exhibition looks into various social areas of the present and attempts to find new, ground-breaking scenarios. In this, ‘future models of the past’ are also considered and woven into new visions and thoughts.
The exhibition in the Kunsthaus does not show a distant utopia, nor a possible design of an idealised society; rather, it offers a sketch of ‘what will be’. The use of the plural is deliberate, a glimpse of the futures.
Shaping the future
SHOWING STYRIA unfolds at its venue, the Kunsthaus Graz, on all levels of the building. SHOWING STYRIA exhibition stretches from the foyer and exhibition rooms to the Needle, and into the internet, moreover, so that the physical and virtual spaces are linked up. The futures shown in the exhibition thus examine present reality, such as structural change in the countryside, the themes of mobility, digitalisation and logistics, or issues concerning agriculture and the closed cycle economy, migration or gender equality.
The exhibition accompanying SHOWING STYRIA in the Kunsthaus Graz points out not only various conceivable and potential changes in the different areas of society. Rather, it is meant to be seen as an opportunity to realise various projects in the Kunsthaus Graz, such as the avoidance of packaging waste and use of sustainable materials in the design of exhibitions, for instance, as well as inclusion of the same in the daily running of the institution.
‘“how it will be” is not just an art exhibition, it connects previously unlinked areas of knowledge and activities. Large companies and small start-ups, initiatives, societies, research institutions and artists are involved in the project. Ecological, economic, social and cultural topics are addressed from many perspectives, across disciplines and in a multidimensional way.’