The art of Lois Weiberger, weeds propagator


Since the 1970s, the Austrian artist Lois Weinberger (born 1947) has been developing his own political and poetic concept of nature. His work represents a significant position in contemporary art, contributing to the current artistic discourse on our relationship to nature. The diversity of Weinberger’s artistic approach reflects his complex concept of nature, which stays clear of romanticizing of any kind.
Weinberger was made famous by his contribution to documenta X (1997). On disused railway tracks at the Kassel Main Station, he planted ruderal vegetation from European countries usually considered problematical in connection with immigration. Ruderal plants – commonly known as weeds and highly resistant to climatic changes and inhospitable conditions – have become central to the artist’s investigations. Weeds call attention to the peripheral, and their nomadic character fundamentally subverts any attempt at establishing fixed borders. They can be said to represent ”natural guerillas”. Since 1999, the artist has collaborated with Franziska Weinberger. The retrospective exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik presents works dating from 1988 to 2004, divided into four themes: The Peripheral, Models, Gardens, and Realized and Non-realized Projects in Public Space. It will be displayed in Kunsthallen’s new exhibition hall and will extend into the public space and to Kunsthallen’s new roof terrace in the form of moveable gardens – plastic bags or metal containers on wheels, filled with poor soil, seeds and plants from various waste areas – installed on the terrace and in Kongensgade in Odense.

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Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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