“Ruins live longer as they imply forsaking integrety. That is the defining charactaristc of everything that is alive: forsaking integrety, the willingness and the capacity to expand beyond onself, to hide away within oneself, to violate and redefine one’s own limits. ” (Marcus Steinweg, the critical city, 2017)
Ten artistic positions will be exhibited on the square in front of Minopolis, Vienna. Observations of a self-transforming area, an abandoned meeting point, which has turned into a transit. Spatial appropriations: a flag stretches out and a concrete wall turns into a castle, a simple line turns the ground into a field for play.
Minopolis was conceived as a ›playground‹ for children between 4 and 12 to be able to experience the adult working environment playfully. For working e.g. at the garbage collection (MA48), bakery (Ströck) or a bank (Raifeisenbank), they were payed in ›Eurolinos‹ and became part of the capitalistic system.
The ›indoor-theme park‹ was opened in 2005 and became insolvent in 2013 because of a lack of sponsorship. In 2017, Minopolis is a place — a none-place, an accommodation and a hideout, an ›indoor-drugstore‹.
Title: Minopolis (The city of children)
Artist: Moritz Englebert, Barbara Hainz, Jonas Justen, Simon Mielke, Felizitas Moroder, Aline Sofie Rainer, Maximilian Schneider, Moritz Simons, Johanna Charlotte Trede, Patrick Winkler, and “Anonym”
Date: October 28, 2017
Venue: 1220 Vienna
All images courtesy of the artists.