call for artists Biennale Lichtkunst Austria 2010

call for artists Biennale Lichtkunst Austria 2010

Light Art Biennale Austria 2010

The first „Lightart Biennale Austria 2010“ is a non-commercial exhibition of lightart. There are light-artists as well as visual artists who uses light as an art-medium the first time.  The Biennale 2010 is using the slogan „private light in public spaces“.

The Lightart-Biennale Austria 2010 starts in autumn 2010 in Asutria, consultant is Peet Thomsen (USA/Copenhagen/Linz) and the works are selected by a jury.

The start of the Biennale will be September 1st in Linz (OÖ) and September 4th 2010 in Perchtoldsdorf (NÖ), with a final exhibition in Vienna in November 2010.  We inform the public by documentation of the Biennale within a Blog, a Website and there is planned to print a catalogue. The submissions can be watched on Selected artists and exhibition spaces can be seen on

There are 55 artists from 4 continents and 19 countries selected.

  1. Norbert Francis Attard (Malta/DE)
  2. Eliska Bartek (CZ/CH/DE)
  3. Carlo Bernardini (IT)
  4. Svetlana Blum (AT)
  5. Balint Bolygo (UK)
  6. Juanli Carrión Kei-Seki (ES)
  7. Stanley Casselman (USA)
  8. Anibal Catalan (MX)
  9. Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (Thailand)
  10. Fabrizio Corneli (IT)
  11. Jardin Cosmique (ES)
  12. Barbara Doser (AT)
  13. Titia Ex (NL)
  14. Heidulf Gerngross (AT)
  15. Silvia Gröbner (AT)
  16. Muhammad Hafiz (USA)
  17. Hideo Iwasaki (JP)
  18. Manfred Kielnhofer (AT)
  19. Manfred Koutek (AT)
  20. Tilman Küntzel (DE)
  21. Ofri Lapid (DE)
  22. Thorbjørn Lausten (DK)
  23. Chrisoph Luckeneder (AT)
  24. Jakob Mattner (DE)
  25. Donatella Mei (IT)
  26. Eric Michel (FR)
  27. Steven Mieszelewicz (AUS)
  28. Alexandre Murucci (BR)
  29. Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia (PH)
  30. Paradox Paul (DE)
  31. Rebecca Partridge (UK)
  32. Jaanika Peerna (USA)
  33. Jason Peters (USA)
  34. Suzy Poling, (USA)
  35. João Raposo  (PT)
  36. Erwin Redl (AT)
  37. John Routledge (UK)
  38. Peter Sanbichler (AT)
  39. Martina Schettina (AT)
  40. Reto Schölly (DE)
  41. Manabu Shimada (JP/UK)
  42. Estela Sokol (BR)
  43. Phil Stearns (USA)
  44. Isa Stein Christoph Fürst (AT)
  45. Johann Steininger (AT)
  46. “Nitram” Martin Stockinger (AT)
  47. Evros  = Evrensel Ürüm (TK)
  48. Rob Voerman (NL)
  49. Patrice Warrener (FR)
  50. Karina Wellmer-Schnell (DE)
  51. Richard Williams (UK)
  52. Samson Young (China)
  53. Mounty R. P. Zentara (AT)
  54. TWO PEOPLE ONE WORK  Karin Sulimma (A), Mounty R. P. Zentara (AT)
  55. Pomodoro Bolzano (= Max D. Well, Christian Wittkowsky, Andreas Müller und Detlef Thomas) (DE)


Galerie Wuensch / Hideo Iwasaki – 1.Aug. – 30.Sept. / outdoor Manfred Kielnhofer
Artpark contemporary art 2. Sept. – 30Oct. “Opening 1. Sept. 7pm
City Galerie 2-11 Sept.
Galerie am Schillerpark 2-11 Sept.

Wien, Perchtoldsdorf
“24 Stunden Lichtkunst”   3 -  5. September Fry 2 pm -  10 pm, Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 10am  -2 pm
Opening Sep 4th 6 pm -24 hours of lightart”
artP.kunstverein Franz Josef Straße 1a A-2380 Perchtoldsdorf,

Galerie Claudiana 4-18.Nov.2010

AREA53 Nov. 2010

The Light Art Biennale is on the contemporary art ruhr C.A.R. 2010 (DE) Messe für zeitgenössische Kunst 29.-31.10.2010 Welterbe Zollverein

The Lightart-Biennale Austria will take place in 2012 again.

Curatorial Statement

I have been asked to be consultant for the Light Art Biennial in Austria. The Biennial is inspired by a similar Biennial, which will be held in the Ruhrgebiet. Austria’s theme for the first Biennial will be “Private Light in Public Spaces”. The name a gentle play on the German Light Art Biennial “Open Light in Private Spaces”

The name of the biennial describes the technical medium being used could also be interpreted in another manner. Light art – art without substance, this could be understood as unserious art. It could also be interpreted in another way. Art without substance is art about the immaterial. The object can be seen but never touched. But is it unserious? Milan Kundera wrote a book called “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” – And so comes the heavy part of the project. Light is about life – without light there is no life. The light of the sun fuels the planet. Light is a symbol used in churches for life itself. Some catholic churches begin their midnight Easter services in darkness. Then when the light of the rising sun comes through the stained glass window the worshippers light candles. The light then goes from one person to the next. This is how life and energy works. The seed of the man impregnates the woman and thus begins a new life. But the energy is there before. – the burning desire of the individuals for each other – this energy is the fuel of life. When we look to the sun as for example Olafur Eliasens: “Sun” at the Tate Modern we find calmness. We are reassured that everything is all right. So is it with light art – we find a space for solace and contemplation or just a pleasing view – whatever we find – we are enriched – such is the nature of light art.

Linz is the perfect venue for a departure into an area filled with light art. When you arrive in Linz by boat you are greeted by several great examples of light art. Lentos Art Museum and Ars Electronica Center each on their own side of the Danube with light incorporated into their facades. Lentos the older building and is probably the inspiration for the facade of Ars is at night a pattern of blue light which at night with its reflection in the Danube is absolutely beautiful. The Ars Electronica Center with its every changing display is a real experience. But there are also other lights incorporated in the architecture, which are truly pleasing to the eye. The bridge across the Danube is also worth noticing. Thus with the palate wetted and greeted by the city of Linz we can step off the boat and begin to explore the city of Linz and the artworks placed into the public spaces by the artists of the festival.

Peet Thomsen

Organisation: Martina Schettina, Manfred Kielnhofer
Consultant: Peet Thomsen NY / Copenhagen
Curator: Laura Plana Gracia ES

“last call for artists”
[email protected]
Deadline is September 1st


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