REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV / VI

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Discursive tour against racism and polemics in every day language and thinking in public space

interdisciplinary team 2010
arif akilic, youth worker | katharina gollonitsch, youth worker | karin gruber, social worker | alexandra reill, conceptual artist | ambrol stoika, communication | klaus tauber, actor | partly in cooperation with team members of the youth centers Back Bone 20 | Back on Stage 10 | Streetwork Wieden

interdisciplinary teams 2009
arif akilic, youth worker | shirin anisoldoleh, [inter-]cultural communication | karin gruber, social worker | alexandra reill, conceptual artist

idea | concept | research | graphic design alexandra reill
coordination | public relations | production kanonmedia | vienna 2009 / 2010

In REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV, the artist Alexandra Reill together with the social worker Karin Gruber took to the street with their socio-cultural project in June 2009. In September 2010, it was invited to Elternleinplatz by the Commission of Culture of 1170 Vienna, now already forming an interdisciplinary team of three persons. In 2010, it the team consisted of six persons touring through several districts of Vienna, co-operating in parts with team members of local youth centers.

The vast majority of the districts visited are [former] “working class” neighbourhoods. At street fairs, traffic junctions and in markets the team distributed [post-]cards with images and text quotations out of the media showing the bluntness of prejudices and populist arguments used by racist forces at all times to people in the street. With their historic text and image citations, the cards document the situation of unemployed people in the 30ies, NS propaganda on the term work and enthusiasm of the vast majority of the Vienna population for the “Anschluß” 1938. Contemporary motifs are compared to today’s polemics surrounding the issue of work and prosperity, areas of social life, still and again strongly used by racist forces for defaming and segregating people with different cultural backgrounds without any differentiation, having gone so far lately that they show their preparedness to threaten and kill people. 

The card objects point out how deceptive populism is and acts and how powerful it is in its influence on attitudes of people. In this context, the question of how deeply rooted are fascistoid and racist attitudes in Vienna populations, is addressed. Not only prompted by current incidents in Austrian society but also on a long-term basis a sustained analysis of contemporary anti-semitism and racism in everyday thinking and language is an issue. 


For the transdisciplinary and socio-cultural profile of this project the artistic approach of intervening in public space and directly encountering people works particularly well. As a sign of communication in public space and as a reminder sign in kitchens and living rooms, the printed [post] card itself as much as the changing of the cards from one hand to the other opens up the possibility of outreaching to people, mobile discourse and open dialogue.

With the productions REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD SAY NO? IV and VI, adaptations of the original exhibition installed in shops and restaurants in Kirchengasse and Siebensterngasse in 1070 Vienna in Autumn 2008, Alexandra Reill and the interdisciplinary team stand up to everyday racism and xenophobia, prejudice and populist polemic and the fear of the unknown.

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? VI [2010] supported by

— grüne bildungswerkstatt minderheiten
— grüne bildungswerkstatt
— karl renner institut
— back bone 20
— back on stage 10
— commission of culture 1020 vienna
— commission of culture 1030 vienna
— commission of culture 1040 vienna
— commission of culture 1100 vienna
— commission of culture 1110 vienna
— commission of culture 1120 vienna
— commission of culture 1160 vienna
— commission of culture 1170 vienna
— commission of culture 1200 vienna
— commission of culture 1220 vienna
— kultur in favoriten 
— kulturverein liebenswertes hernals
— streetwork wieden 
— wiener jugendzentren 
— wiener volksbildungswerk

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV [2009] supported by

— commission of culture 1020 vienna
— commission of culture 1030 vienna
— commission of culture 1040 vienna
— commission of culture 1050 vienna
— commission of culture 1070 vienna
— commission of culture 1090 vienna
— commission of culture 1160 vienna
— commission of culture 1170 vienna

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? VI [2010] staged at

— in front of nepomuk church on praterstrasse / 1020 vie . rochusmarkt / 1030 vie . draschepark / 1040 vie. reumannplatz / 1100 vie. simmeringer hauptstraße / 1110 vie . meidlinger hauptstraße / 1120 vie. farmers’ market on yppenplatz / 1160 vie . elterleinplatz / 1170 vie . in front of Millennium tower / 1200 vie. in front of subway station donauzentrum / 1220 vie / a / 10

REAL ONES ALWAYS SURVIVE or WOULD WE SAY NO? IV [2009] staged at

— in front of nepomuk church on praterstrasse / 1020 vie . rochusmarkt / 1030 vie . margaretenplatz / 1040 / 1050 vie . spittelberg in the framework of bezirksfestwochen neubau / 1070 vie . südwind festival / 1090 vie . farmers’ market on yppenplatz / 1160 vie . elterleinplatz / 1170 vie / a / 09

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