Salon Volkertmarkt

A discursive-performative series of think tanks based on artistic research and the method of cut-up (*)

idea | concept | installation settings in public space alexandra reill
by + with peter koger, media worker / mimie maggale, director and performer / alexandra reill, concept and video artist / christian stefaner-schmid, sound composer, concept artist, media theoretician + guests
production kanonmedia | vienna 2015

Where is contemporary art today? Which roles are fulfilled by nowadays’ artists in urban societies, which role/s is/are played by art in contemporary societies? Salon Volkertmarkt is a series of five open brainstorming sessions in public space based on performative artistic research and working with the method of cutting-up thoughts, ideas, notes, images, gestures, acts, films, sounds …

As an historic art term Cut-up refers to the method of montage discovered by accident by Gysin who developed it further in collaboration with Burroughs. By deconstructing of content in texts on an unconscious and associative basis and re-composing them on a random basis they created quasi meta-conscious content. The approach of both of these main representatives of the Beat Generation was to go beyond used speech, thus producing content beyond pre-defined ideas. Soon, words were replaced by signs, colours and photographies, and the medium of the written word was augmented by the photo collage. A further approach was – completely following the principle of contingency – to read texts out of print media and to record them on tape to then – again according to the random principle – overwrite them with new text samples. Finally, the texts were amended by sounds and found audio footage. It was just a logical step to apply this method of montage acting out of the unconscious to film collage.

Still today, the genres of Extended Performance as well as of Expanded Cinema invented by the Dadaists and the Beat Generation need to be looked at as the most important pioneers of contemporary approaches of a huge variety of artistic production, and their methods of associative media creation still need to be perceived as contemporarily relevant. Such terms as Remix or Resampling would not exist without them.


our thxs go to
— nelke – cafe am markt
— GB*2/20 Volkertplatz
— commission of culture 1020 vienna


— volkertmarkt / vie / a / 15


— falter / vie / a / 15
— artmagazine / vie / a / 15
— esel / vie / a / 15
— gb2/20 online / vie / a / 15
— vienna inside / vie / a / 15
— wherevent / vie / a / 15
— stadtbekannt / vie / a / 15
— mrs. hyde talks culture / vie / a / 15