Goodbye Wittgenstein Part 2

Tue, November 1 – Fri, December 9 2016

GOODBYE WITTGENSTEIN is an international exchange program between artists and academics from qujOchÖ in Linz, Austria and artists selected by A3 Project Space in partnership with BOM Birmingham Open Media and Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz.

Participants in the program take the relationship between the Austrian born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) and David Hume Pinsent from Birmingham (1891 – 1918) as a starting point for a series of projects that will happen in Linz and Birmingham during 2016. The projects respond to Wittgenstein’s early text “Notes on Logic” which was dictated by Wittgenstein in 1913 during a visit to see David in Birmingham. “Notes in Logic” is notably the predecessor of what is considered to be one of the most important philosophical texts of the 20th Century, “Tractatus Logico Philosophicus”.

The first phase of the Goodbye Wittgenstein program was a visit to Birmingham from qujOchÖ artists Verena Henetmayr, Thomas Philipp and Andre Zogholy in Summer 2016 who have been enacting and documenting a series of public interventions at places that are connected to the life of Wittgenstein and Pinsent. In November 2016 a group of four artists around A3 Project Space will come to Linz, where Wittgenstein visited the technical orientated “K.u.k. Realschule” between 1903 and 1906. Emily Warner, Trevor Pitt, Pete Ashton and Mike Johnston will use their residences at Atelierhaus Salzamt and quitch to go on the trail of the philosopher.

The residency includes a public talk at quitch on 4 November 2016 and an exhibition of the works at Atelierhaus Salzamt, running from 24 November to 9 December 2016.

Discobobulatebangbang: Goodbye Wittgenstein
Fri 4 Nov 2016 19:00
quitch, Untere Donaulände 10

On Friday 4 November 2016 the four artists from Birmingham will talk about their work and the methods they use for GOODBYE WITTGENSTEIN. This is followed by an alternating DJ-Set called “Discobobulatebangbang”.

Kristallin #38: Goodbye Wittgenstein
Tue 24 Nov – Fri 9 Dec 2016
Atelierhaus Salzamt, Obere Donaulände 15
Opening: Wed 23 Nov 2016 19:00

The works realized in Linz will be shown during the 38th edition of the Kristallin series at Atelierhaus Salzamt. The exhibition will be opened on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 7 pm and runs until Friday 9 December 2016.


Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum London, BKA Kunst, Land Oberösterreich and Stadt Linz.

(Photos: Pete Ashton)


Trevor Pitt

Trevor Pitt: “David and Ludwig”

Artist statement: “I will use my time at Salzamt to develop the form and structure for a 21st Century Queer (P)opera; sketching out the libretto (based on Pinsent’s diaries), composing music using Logic software and creating maquettes for staging, mise-en-scene. […] One of the outcomes of the residency will a live performance of extracts from the opera ‘David and Ludwig’.”

Trevor Pitt is an artist and curator based in Birmingham who has been devising projects in galleries and the public sphere for 15 years. His work emerges from the social and cultural context within which they are produced and he adopts a spectrum of collaborative strategies and methods of enquiry. Although his practice is fundamentally that of an artist, he operates as a curator, commissioner, researcher and facilitator dependent on the nature of the “role” he adopts within the dynamic of a project. In 2007 he set up POD Projects as a platform and a strategy for collaborative ventures with artists, organizations and the public. In 2012 he set up A3 Project Space in Birmingham, UK as artist studios and a gallery that provides contemporary artists with the opportunity to develop new work and new relationships with their audiences.


Pete Ashton: “Wittgenstein wandelt wehmütig widriger Winde wegen Wienwärts”

Artist statement: “For Goodbye Wittgenstein I plan to use the schoolyard taunt ‘Wittgenstein strolls wistfully Vienna-wards due to adverse winds’ as a template to explore Linz from the perspective of the young philosopher. I plan to undertake regular walks from the Realschule in the direction of Vienna both alone and accompanied by others. These walks will constitute part of the work. Photographic and other data captured on these walks will then go towards a piece of visual art composed using algorithmic processes trained in part Wittgenstein’s work.”

Pete Ashton is an artist, mostly working with cameras and computers, based in Birmingham, England. Most of his work is anchored by his fellowship at Birmingham Open Media where he has been based since it opened in November 2014. This work is currently being developed on Github and will start taking shape through 2017. During 2016 his fellowship work was mostly a sabbatical based around Speculative Cameras, rethinking the camera as an artistic tool. His latest works include “20/20 Visions” (for Knowle West Media Centra), “Ikon Traces Walking Tour” (for Ikon gallery and Still Walking festival), Sitting In Stagram (2015), Cross City Walks at the Flatpack Film Festival (2015) and Live Sonification of Photography (2014).

Mike Johnston at Peace Gardens

Mike Johnston: “The Linz Chapter”

Artist statement: “The Linz Chapter will both be a standalone piece and a part of my ongoing written work inspired by Wittgenstein’s visits to Birmingham. These are scarcely mentioned in the existing narratives of his life, but after much research an interesting story has begun to emerge. […] The Linz Chapter is possible because it too is a post-industrial second city like Birmingham. Consequently the transfer of themes will provide an interesting comparison. And as we know, Wittgenstein’s education was in Linz which makes his ghost available for comment. Two themes in particular have emerged from research in Birmingham – nothingness and paradise. Development of these in Linz will involve an exploration to find and document their local signifiers. […] There will be a reading of The Linz Chapter during the final week of residency.”

Mike Johnston was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and lives in Birmingham, England, since 1990. He graduated from University of Wolverhampton in 1993 with a degree in Philosophy and Politics. In 1999 he formed the electronic music group Plone and released for “Beginner Piano” on Warp records. Further musical adventures included Mike in Mono, ZX Spectrum Orchestra and Modified Toy Orchestra, with releases on Half-Eaten, Static Caravan, and Warm Circuit. His art practice sprang from involvement in the ZX Spectrum Orchestra: creating animations using machine code, archaic printed works and graph paper illustrations. Johnston exhibited at Citric, Brescia and LABoral, Gijon. Since 2008 he has been writing about the history of Birmingham in the first half of the twentieth century, the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the unexpected connections between the two.

Emily Warner

Emily Warner: “Number 4, Austria”

Artist statement: “Retracing the route covering Wittgenstein’s time in Birmingham, I am compiling an inventory of research that will act as a score for performative response upon arrival in Linz. This documentation comprises of visual records, scripted text and movement based responses that correlate directly with the sites significant to the Goodbye Wittgenstein narrative. Focusing upon Wittgenstein’s obsession with the production of an ideal space for generating philosophical matter – the remote hut he built by hand. I will be constructing and inhabiting both real and imagined spaces during my time in Linz. Bringing together material garnered from sites in Birmingham and Linz, I will fabricate space as a method for imposing conditions of work and productivity.”

Emily Warner is an artist and researcher working in a multi-disciplinary way to explore art as an on-going process, something that temporarily exists as a live experience, an action-based encounter or a conversational situation. Activating relationships with people and place, she is interested in the condition and construction of relationships in both physical and digital contexts.