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Spurred on by the acuteness of current global events, Struma+Iodine is raising its voice in solidarity with the oppressed, the tortured, the silenced, and the unheard. Sound’s ability to touch the listener, to involve them via emotional and physical affection, turns the sonic into a partner in the fight for a more just world. Under the banner of Sonic Agency we are collecting recordings by artists who want to enforce a sonic activism, to establish new ways to think and act collectively via sonic means. The featured sounds lend themselves to global emancipatory struggles, and fights for freedom and equality. We’ll listen to the contributions collectively, before having an open discussion on politics and aesthetics in sound.

Moderation: Shilla Strelka, curator & Samo Zeichen, researcher, Vienna

Radical Art for Societies in Turmoil

Can radical film practices help to understand a disintegrating world? Can they have a healing effect? How can we maintain structures of solidarity in the field of radical media production for societies in turmoil and transition? Edited by members of the Berlin chapter of the International Radical Film Network, this collection investigates practices of audio-visual production that act on and struggle with the conditions of our time.

Andrea Ancira García, editor, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, artist, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Moderation: Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus, Alexandra Weltz-Rombach, Radical Film Network Berlin

Ursula Böckler, Julia Lazarus, Alexandra Weltz-Rombach (eds.), Radical Film, Art and Digital Media for Societies in Turmoil, Berlin: K. Verlag 2023

Independent Space Index 2024

The 7th annual Independent Space Index Festival runs from 31. May until 2. June in the format of coordinated citywide open days. Visitors can see exhibitions and attend special events without pre-registration. The Independent Space Index was founded in 2017 with the aim of strengthening solidarity among like-minded cultural initiatives and highlighting their contribution to the Viennese art scene.

In cooperation with Independent Space Index.

Rechte Angriffe auf die Demokratie

Die Liaison von Rechtspopulismus und Geschlechterpolitiken hat sich in den letzten Jahren zu einem globalen Phänomen entwickelt. Rechtspopulistische und rechtsextreme Akteur*innen warnen vor einer „Gleichmacherei“ von Frauen und Männern und diffamieren Geschlechtervielfalt. Angriffe auf trans und queere Lebensweisen, feministische Politiken und Gender-, Queer- und Trans-Studies werden auch von konservativen Akteur*innen auf die Agenda gesetzt – ganz besonders in Wahlkampfzeiten. Welche anti-demokratischen Geschlechter- und Sexualitätspolitiken gibt es in Österreich? Welche emanzipatorischen Widerstandspraktiken sind möglich?

Ayse Dursun, Politikwissenschaftlerin, Wien
Marty Huber, Queer Base, Wien
Marion Löffler, Politikwissenschaftlerin, Wien
Stefanie Mayer, Politikwissenschaftlerin, Wien
Moderation: Edma Ajanovic, Politikwissenschaftlerin, Wien & Gundula Ludwig, Gender Studies, Innsbruck

In Kooperation mit der ÖGGF – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung.

Vienna Shorts

Best Practice Presentation and Discussion

When discussing festivals as safe or safer spaces, talk is cheap. But when it comes to implementation, expectations rise: awareness programs, demands for trigger warnings, navigating backlash in the event of political conflict, and much more. While meeting all needs may be impossible, we aim to explore how we can improve — or fail better — by sharing examples of festivals implementing guidelines for „safer spaces“. We address what works, how, and why, followed by an open discussion on the concept.

Panel Discussion and Film Screenings

Cinematic art serves as a powerful catalyst for shifting public perception and has been closely linked with activist causes since its inception. In the realm of short film, many artists are increasingly focused on challenging the status quo and addressing the current socio-political climate, driven by a yearning for change, one short film at a time. We encourage our guests to share films that have shown the activist potential of the moving image and, in doing so, have inspired their own work.

In cooperation with Vienna Shorts.
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