10.7.2014, 19:30
Veranstaltung, Erdgeschoß

/ecm discourse 18: WHO IS CALLING?

A conversation with Can Gülcü, Hanna Rosa Oellinger, Joshua Simon

Welcome and Introduction:
Beatrice Jaschke

Katja Stecher

Free admission

How open are Open Calls? Are they a democratic tool or a mechanism of competition? Could we think of alternatives for them in order to develop a fair and open practice?

In the field of art and culture these supposedly open biddings are frequently used to acquire and support “young talents“. Artists are offered possibilities to participate in exhibitions, festivals, residencies and workshops or receive awards and grants. Everybody is welcome to take part – but in the end there is only one winner who is selected by a committee of experts, while the remaining proposals hardly get any attention. Upon closer inspection the Open Call proves to be a neoliberal practice that pretends to follow democratic principles. 

Although the Open Call is a commonly used model in the art field it’s inherent power structures and competitive setup has hardly been reflected on. This lack makes it crucially significant for the curatorial practice to examine this mode of operation critically. We would like to reflect on and discuss this topic together with different “players“ in the art field.


Can Gülcü
is artistic director and manager of WIENWOCHE together with Petja Dimitrova and Radostina Patulova. It is a new cultural project that was founded in 2011 and initiates Open Calls on a regular basis (www.wienwoche.org). His artistic practice is situated between fine arts and political-participatory cultural work. 

Hannah Rosa Oellinger
is part of the artist collective oellinger/rainer. Together with Alice Neusiedler they have participated in the “Open Call on Undisciplined Knowledge Production“ with their lecture performance „Die Regeln der Kunst – ein Echtzeit–Fragebogen". 

Joshua Simon
is director and chief curator of MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam, Israel. In his book Neomaterialism, published in 2013, he points out the competitive structure of Open Calls and the economy surrounding them.


ORGANISATION /ecm 2012 – 2014
The post-graduate master programme /ecm – educating, curating, managing at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna is concerned with core competences in an expanded cultural field. Part of the exhibition “Out of the Box. 10 Questions about Artistic Research“ – curated by the current participants – was an “Open Call for (Lecture–) Performances on Undisciplined Knowledge Production“ which gives reason for this discussion.


Annette Leber, Katja Stecher (/ecm 2012–2014)



Im Rahmen von:
The Essence 14 - Jahresausstellung der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

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