urban matters



Since 1993 the artist group WochenKlausur develops concrete proposals aimed at effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies. Proceeding even further and translating these proposals into action artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society.

The association was founded 1993 by Wolfgang Zinggl

Its all about a teamwork. The core team of WochenKlausur consists of 8 artists who have all participated in multiple projects. According to the intervention the team is going to be extended by other artists. There are approximately two projects realised on average per year. The prerequisite for every intervention is the invitation of an art institution, which provides WochenKlausur with an infrastructural framework and cultural capital. The exhibition space itself serves as a studio from which the intervention is conducted.

The name WochenKlausur could be translated as “weeks of closure”. The German word “Klausur” is related to the English words enclosure, seclusion and cloister. The group’s projects are collective efforts that take place in the concentrated atmosphere of a closed-session working situation. A strictly limited timeframe gives rise to an unusual concentration of the participants’ allowing the planned interventions to be realized very quickly. The issue to be addressed is usually established before the project begins. It is up to the group to inform themselves about local political circumstances and corresponding interventions before the project’s start. After extensive research, the group makes a final decision concerning what is in fact to be accomplished.


Photo Credits:

1. Kassel, WochenKlausur

2. Salzburg, WochenKlausur

3. Zürich, WochenKlausur



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