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)