The New Europe. Culture of Mixing and Politics of Representation

Press Conference: 19 January 2005, 10.30 a.m.
Opening reception: 19 January 2005, 7 p.m.

20 January through 24 April 2005

With works by: Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, John Miller, Oda Projesi, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl, Marlene Streeruwitz, Silke Wagner, Jasmila Žbaniæ, and also projects and initiatives from the European area.

In their exhibition created for the Generali Foundation, the two guest curators,

Marius Babias and Dan Perjovschi, thematize the spectrum of artistic production in “New Europe” following the end of the East-West confrontation. Focus is on artistic positions that produce new connections between a culturally defined Europe and the underlying idea of political uniformity. A central line of questioning inquires how, in light of Europe’s future self-definitions, a new “culture of mixing”, liberated identities, and
options for action might arise.

The exhibition designs “New Europe” as an ambivalent political project with opportunities and risks. Currently, 25 states comprise the European Union (EU). These states have diverse economic systems and living conditions. On the one hand, the unification of

Europe is based on a common currency, constitution, military and political leadership, and on the other, a problematic construction of a European-Christian community of culture and values. The exhibition positions itself here, thematizing the role of art in producing pictures, images, and attitudes. Art is actively involved in the new design of Europe. Critical analysis of the greatest challenges in the European unification process seems even more necessary, since, artistic dialogues address—at an early stage—conflicts that will influence our lives in a Europe of the future.

The artistic positions represented in the exhibition deal with the following aspects of “New Europe”: consequences of the Yugoslavian wars from the perspective of the female subject (Jasmila Žbaniæ); art activism as an integral component of democracy and civil society (Silke Wagner); surveillance of public space and competition between Europe and the U.S. in the field of military technology (Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil); the artist’s changing role under post-communist conditions (Dan Perjovschi); art as a recording media for knowledge, experience, and memory in a transforming European landscape

(Lia Perjovschi); Europe’s sealing off in a supposed world without borders (Hito Steyerl); activation of public space as a prerequisite for political participation in decision-making processes (Natascha Sadr Haghighian); intensification of phenomena of social community in a new type of trade (Oda Projesi); production of racism through language and media

(Marlene Streeruwitz); and documentation of everyday life in different European and U.S.-American cities (John Miller). In addition to the artistic works, 15 projects and initiatives from throughout the entire European area will be introduced. The presentation display is available for visitors to use as a pool of materials and information. The documented projects and initiatives join with the artistic positions, emphasizing the claim of the exhibition; to give new impetus to the discussion of Europe.

The exhibition deals with Europe’s history, present, and future. It offers both a working out of political and economic aspects of “New Europe” and also a display of artistic positions and projects that comprehend the European process of unification as a chance to draft a critique of Europe. Babias and Perjovschi examine the constitutive categories of European thought: representation, acculturation, and trans-culturalness, and piece together the artistic works to a critical-artistic parcours.

Publication (Ger./Engl.) published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, Germany, foreword by Dietrich Karner and Sabine Breitwieser, essays by Marius Babias,

Mirko Heinemann, Jean-Luc Nancy, Dan Perjovschi, and Hito Steyerl.

Guest Curators: Marius Babias, Dan Perjovschi

Curatorial Assistant, Exhibition Coordination: Isabella Marte

Press contact: Susanne Buder, +43 1 504 98 80-24, [email protected]

Artistic and Managing Director: Sabine Breitwieser

Kindly supported by Th Generali Foundation is the art association of the Generali Group based in Vienna; its purpose is the support and promotion of contemporary art. Members are the Generali Holding Vienna AG, the Generali Versicherung AG, Generali Rückversicherung AG. 2004/12

Accompanying program

Thursday, 20 January 2005, 7 p.m.

Fortress Europe and the Politics of Pictures

Panel discussion with Marius Babias, Hito Steyerl and Marlene Streeruwitz

Friday, 21 January 2005, 7 p.m.

EU-Eastern Enlargement and Cultural Fundamentalism

Panel discussion with Oda Projesi and Dan Perjovschi

Thursday, 17 February 2005, 7 p.m.


Thomas Edlinger in discussion with Silke Wagner

Accompanying publication

The New Europe. Culture of Mixing and Politics of Representation

Edited by Marius Babias for Generali Foundation, Vienna

Foreword by Dietrich Karner and Sabine Breitwieser, essays by Marius Babias,

Mirko Heinemann, Jean-Luc Nancy, Dan Perjovschi, and Hito Steyerl.

Ger./Engl. ca. 180 pages, numerous color and b&w illustrations

€ 18,14 (excl. VAT) ISBN 3-901107-45-2

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne ISBN 3-88375-921-X

Education Program

Guided tours the first Saturday in every month at 4 p.m. and by arrangement.

Individual programs for pupils (14 years and older), students, adults, and groups.

Information and telephone bookings: +43 1 504 98 80-16

Opening Hours


Tuesday to Sunday, Public holidays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m.

Reference Room (Archive I Library I Media Lounge)

Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment


Exhibition € 6 concession € 4.50

Accompanying program € 6, concession € 4.50

Partner ticket [2=1] Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. € 3

Group rate (at least 3 people) € 4.50 per person

Guided tours: admission plus € 2

Generali Foundation Card € 18 concession € 13.50 (valid 12 months)

Reference Room and Media Lounge free admission