Artist Claudia Bosse and architect Bettina Vismann will be living in an installational setting on the derelict remains of a demolished building in an urban space in Vienna for 168 hours – in other words, for a whole week. The two artists will not be leaving the site during that time. They will put all their daily acts and activities on show while at the same time observing and recording their surroundings in writing. Their daily routine will follow a synchronous score consisting of writing things down and the so-called poetic encounters in the afternoon when they meet each other at 5 p.m. every day. They will use textile objects to go beyond the living space setting, survey the site and negotiate their bodies via objects in space. The everyday “life” of the surroundings will interlace with the everyday life of the performers. They will record the movements of their surroundings in writing and make their daily journals public every night after sundown (round 9.20 p.m.) as projections on the walls of the neighbouring houses. Thus creating an essay on everyday urban life.
168 hours investigates rituals and rhythms of everyday life, their subversion by means of poetic practices, and the potential of taking action and repeating routines.
Become part of the live-performance: Every evening between 22.00 and 23.00 you have the opportunity to visit one of the two performers in their respective residential setting and to get to talk to them in a one-on-one situation. Free admission, reservation required: +43-1-581 35 91
lives in Vienna and Berlin. She is an artist, choreographer and the artistic director of theatercombinat. After completing her studies in theatre directing in Berlin, she has been working in the field of (experimental) theatre located between installation, (spatial) choreography, urban intervention, and has been generating site-specific political hybrids as settings for various publics. Claudia Bosse develops installations, choreographies and works for museums, architectures, theatres and urban spaces internationally. She teaches, gives lectures, publishes, participates in research projects and frequently works with artists and theoreticians of various genres. Bosse understands and seizes the urban space as a texture for choreographic material and poetic subversion. Latest projects: POEMS of the DAILY MADNESS, a singspiel; REENACTING THE ARCHIVE, FFT Düsseldorf, both in collaboration with Günther Auer; EXPLOSION of SILENCE, Vienna; WITNESSING of the TREES, MITsp – museu da imigração, São Paulo; the last IDEAL PARADISE, Tanzplattform Essen, 2018.
worked in Stuttgart, London and Zurich at architectural firms Sauerbruch Hutton and Suter+Suter after completing her studies of architecture. She also held a post as assistant professor for architecture at TU Berlin and ETH Zurich. She has shown her works e.g. at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice and at the Art Frankfurt (2002). Taking her teaching as a starting point, Bettina Vismann has developed performance lectures and presented them e.g. at the HKW Berlin and at the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008). She has been working as a freelance architect since 2001, has founded Institut für Geschmack – an architecture and interior design firm – and is conducting a long-term research project about theories on dust and waste management. Many of her essays and research projects have been published.
is a company that produces independent works of art, plays and performance pieces under the direction of artist and director Claudia Bosse. She pools actors, performers and dancers as well as theoreticians, sound and media artists, architects, visual artists, technicians and engineers to explore and implement performative concepts that take the theatre beyond its limits and initiate new ways of communicating with the audience, with space and the organising of publics. The productions generate innovative, experimental spaces of activity and perception situated between theatre, installation, choreography, performance and discourse. Always specific to the site where they are set, works have been and are being developed in Vienna as well as Tunis, Zagreb, Kiev, Bucharest, Prague, Düsseldorf, New York, Geneva, Braunschweig, Hamburg, Podgorica and Berlin. They comprise urban interventions, overall spatial (choral) choreographies, tragedy complexes, political theatre hybrids as well as discourses on theories of practice.