Since the academic year 2016/2017 the Art & Science master’s programme
at the University of Applied Arts Vienna tried to understand what a forest ‘is’. With the multidisciplinary help of experts
and non-experts we expanded our minds on the biology and ecology of this issue. An excursion into ‘the wild’ of Transcarpathia
complemented this task.
And now a happening? Yes, of course! As you know, a happening may occur anywhere and often
is a multi-disciplinary event, with a non-linear narrative and the active participation of the audience. Its key elements
may be planned but there is room for improvisation for artists & researchers alike. However, be aware: the happening may
eliminate the boundary between the artwork and its viewer, between scientific findings and artistic research. Our ‘The Landing
is on Friday’-happening will take place between trees and ruins. It will develop a non-linear narrative on ‘speculative ecology’
– a field trial on an ecology with the active participation of fictional aliens, socio-techno-epistemological aliens, corrupted
aliens, political, bureaucratic, endangered aliens. Together with the participation of humans the question is addressed: Is
it possible to develop an etho-ecological perspective of a place?
Maybe it is possible for you to enrich this happening
with your presence. If not, send an alien of your choice. It can be a research finding, a divination, a technical device,
a statistical model, a (metaphysical) piece of reality that you consider to be an important ingredient for the happening.
Your contribution will call into question the ‘one-would-just-need-to’ statements and stay attentive to the specific place
and environment the happening shall inhabit. 48 hours to develop an ethos of the place. However, no ethos, in itself, contains
its own meaning or masters its own reasons. Our improvising is confirming that we never know what a being/alien is capable
of or can become capable of. The place proposes, but the aliens, together with us, the participants, dispose, give, or, refuse
to give that happening an ethological signification.
Organised by: Golnaz Bashiri, Rosie Benn, Athanasios Gramosis,
Johanna Folkmann, Rafael Lippuner, Marko Markovic, Frédérique Neuts Leroy, Lala Nomada, Marina Rebhandl
Bernd Kräftner; in collaboration with: Brishty Alam, Valerie Deifel
Cooperation partners: Verein NESTU (Swiss-Transcarpathian
Network), Bogdan Popov (Ecosololutions Forge), Rupert Seidl (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna)FacebookMore