Living in the penalty area

Group exhi­bi­tion and performance /// 

Fri, June 13 2008 — Sun, August 17 2008 /// 
Open­ing hours: dai­ly 10:00 — 18:00, Thu 10:00 — 21:00 /// 
Lentos Kun­st­mu­se­um Linz, Ernst-Koref-Prom­e­nade 1, Linz ///

From 7th to 29th of June 2008 the foot­ball Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship takes place in Switzer­land and Aus­tria. In this con­text, the exhi­bi­tion LEBEN IM STRAFRAUM by qujOchÖ at the art muse­um Lentos in Linz attempts to inter­vene in this gigan­tic foot­ball machin­ery. Even though this enor­mous spec­ta­cle pen­e­trates deep into every­day life, LEBEN IM STRAFRAUM con­cen­trates on the essence of foot­ball: moves and strate­gies – in short: what actu­al­ly hap­pens on the play­ing field. Video pro­jec­tions of impor­tant games will be cre­at­ed using aes­thet­ic reduc­tion, min­i­mal­ist rep­re­sen­ta­tions of com­plex game plays and move­ments, with net­work analy­ses, sta­tis­ti­cal data and depic­tions of com­pres­sions and energy.

Through­out the dura­tion of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship 2008, it will be pos­si­ble to expe­ri­ence LEBEN IM STRAFRAUM both in and around the Lentos. The 60-meter long open space cut out of the Lentos build­ing will be adapt­ed as play­ing field and defined as “penal­ty area”. With a length of 60 meters, this spaces cor­re­sponds to the space of half a foot­ball field. In this “penal­ty area” there will be per­for­ma­tive inter­ven­tions on the one hand, on the oth­er the uti­liza­tion con­cept and the spa­tial archi­tec­ture of this arti­fi­cial foot­ball field will be active­ly used in the form of an invit­ing foot­ball liv­ing room for inter­est­ed passers-by and visitors.

Under the cov­ered open area of Lentos, sev­er­al decid­ing scenes from past match­es will be replayed on each of three days:

• Aus­tria — Croa­t­ia (per­for­mance at the open­ing of the exhi­bi­tion on Thu, June 12th 2008, from 18:00)
• Nether­lands — France (Sun, June 15th 2008, 14:00 — 17:00)
• Win­ner of group B vs. sec­ond of group A (Sun, June 22th 2008, 14:00 — 17:00)

The con­tent and theme of the “penal­ty area” will be linked with an exhi­bi­tion inside the Lentos. The exhi­bi­tion includes doc­u­men­ta­tion of the per­for­ma­tive inter­ven­tions (visu­al­iza­tions) and sin­gle works by artists (instal­la­tions, video works, exper­i­men­tal art):

• Turntable Soc­cer (qujOchÖ)
• Soc­cer TV Test Pat­tern (Siegfried A. Fruhauf)
• Red Peaks and Green Spot­ted Ball (Karo Szmit)
• Bist du zu lieb, bist du ver­loren (Taife Akca/ Thomas Philipp)
• Der Zukun­ft Ver­gan­gen­heit (Chris­tine Pilsl/Mika Satomi/Stefan Schilcher/Ingo Randolf)
• Ein öster­re­ichis­ches Fußball-Orakel: Die Pro­has­ka-Sch­neck­erl (Mario Sinnhofer)
• Der Zeitmess­er (Leo Peschta)
• Penal­ty Data Shit (qujOchÖ)

The cat­a­logue “Leben im Strafraum” with con­tri­bu­tions by Stel­la Rol­lig (Reduced to the essence), Andreas Kump (Num­bers vs. coin­ci­dence. On con­trol excess­es in soc­cer and soci­ety), Ramón Reichert (Soc­cer as a social field), Alfons Hug (Soc­cer: paint­ings on a green ground), Doris Prlić und Andre Zogholy (Delir­i­um in the penal­ty area) is avail­able at the muse­um shop of the Lentos Kun­st­mu­se­um Linz for a price of 5 Euro.

(Pho­tos: Petra Moser/Susanne Maschek)

(Camera/Editing: qujOchÖ)