April 5th to July 14th, 2024

Nordwestbahnhof Festival Grounds

The festival site on the Nordwestbahnhof grounds will feature artistic perspectives on a livable future and lay out a new vision for communal life in urban space. The group exhibition “Songs for the Changing Seasons”, curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Head of Ecologies, Serpentine, London) and Filipa Ramos (Lecturer, Institute Art Gender Nature [IAGN], University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland [FHNW], Basel), brings together international artists to explore how art engages with the effects, consequences and reality of environmental change between mourning and transformation. StudioVlayStreeruwitz and Isolde Rajek will be working together to design the festival area, temporarily transforming the former railway station grounds into an urban utopia.

The catering provided by “Klima Kantine” focuses on issues surrounding our future food supply, while the exhibition “Design with a Purpose” will showcase outstanding green and circular design from Austria. At “Biofabrique Vienna” – a pilot project of Wirtschaftsagentur Wien building on the bio-regional design practice of Jan Boelen and his team – unused and reused resources are turned into new materials for design and architecture in cooperation with Technische Universität Wien. For “Strategies & Solutions,” students from Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, from the Department of Art and Intervention I Environment at Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien and from Technische Universität Wien will develop projects relating to art and climate.

Songs for the Changing Seasons

Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti & Filipa Ramos
Artists: Yussef Agbo-Ola / Olaniyi Studio, Cooking Sections, Patricia Domínguez, Eva Fàbregas, Dominique Knowles, Sofia Jernberg, Joan Jonas, Lin May Saeed, Natalia Montoya, Thao Nguyen Phan, Studio Ossidiana, Laure Prouvost, Adrián Villar Rojas.
Location: Festivalareal Nordwestbahnhof
Time Period: 5th April until 14th July 2024

Songs for the Changing Seasons brings together a global and transgenerational group of artists whose works generate proposals and gestures of environmental attunement: by considering forms of love, attention, repair, humility and preparation, these artworks address where, when and how planetary transformation is expressed. The works also attend to how changes permeate people and places, helping to imagine possible regenerative outcomes to individuals, communities and places.

Reflecting on how ecological concerns are felt and dealt with through art, the exhibition. focuses on the rhythms, repetitions and also ends that mark the ebbs and flows of our planet.

In what ways is change expressed through and with the bodies of all beings: human, animal, plant and mineral? How are grief and pain, but also hopes, dreams and desires, experienced, processed and imagined on an individual and collective level? Does the world end when a world ends? History would appear to suggest it does not: worlds end, worlds begin again, and culture encodes into the future the signals of bygone times: epic poems holding a memory of major environmental events, rituals containing long-held learnings from agricultural practice… Yet, the continuity of the world is necessarily told from the perspective of all those who endured beyond endings, conflicts or collapses, while other experiences have been systematically silenced, untold and forgotten.
The memory of the world is held by the world itself and retold in human and non-human songs.