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Launch event

Wrights & Sites (UK) and Herbert Lachmayer (A)

Date: Monday 11 June
Time: 19.30
Venue: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Wrights & Sites discuss the concept behind Stadtverführungen in Wien and the sixteen 'tours', followed by a lecture from the Philosopher and Chair of the Da Ponte Institute, Herbert Lachmayer, on the subject of Walking and Talking into Existence.

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5-minute revolutions

Nathalie Koger (D/A) and Miriam Raggam (A)

Dates: Monday 11 - Saturday 30 June
Times: 14.00 - 22.00 daily (Sundays until 21.00)
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Does public space actually exist? In Vienna, it is ever more regulated in favour of a wealthy, bourgeois public. For 'nuisances' like street artists or the homeless, presence in a public space is made as unpleasant as possible. The 5-minute revolutions kit is a case containing objects and suggestions for subversive action. Stickers, recordings of street musicians, sleeping masks and more suggest a number of 5-minute revolutionary games on the edge of lawful behaviour in Vienna city centre.

Nathalie Koger was born in 1978 in Nußbach (D) into a family of craft workers. Miriam Raggam followed in 1983 in a complicated family relationship in Graz. After leaving the rural idyll and a series of detours through England, as well as courses in sociology, pedagogics, fine arts and architecture, the two met in Vienna.

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Emergency exits: top ways out of Vienna

Karin Eva Swoboda (D/A)

Dates: Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 June
Times: 12.00 - 19.00 (including breaks)
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Are you sick of Vienna? Is a pursuer after you, or have you just got good reasons to disappear from the scene for a while? This Vienna tour opens escape routes for anyone who wants to flee the city: go underground in secret subterranean passageways, make off through fire escapes, walls and provincial boundaries, through primeval forest thickets or through the Danube, to the ideal helicopter pad and ready-to-go escape vehicle. Here, everyone can leave Vienna behind them - continually keeping ahead of any pursuer. Discover the most exciting escape routes in Vienna and on the city borders. Third Man and James Bond feelings guaranteed.

Karin Eva Swoboda was born in 1965 in Freiburg (D) and studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Initially working as a practising musician and teacher, then in the public cultural sector, she is now developing interdisciplinary art projects for companies and public institutions.

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Detourism. A-1210 Leopoldau

Luciano Parodi (RA/A)

Dates: Monday 11 - Saturday 30 June
Times: Time and duration according to individual choice
Starting point: Vienna 21, Leopoldau

In a tightrope-walk through the mental and geographical borders of Vienna you get to Leopoldau: a place that is only now being linked to the underground network; a place to which Luciano Parodi opens a secret door. Following Parodi's guidebook means diving into a landscape without fine buildings, without historical façade. It means roaming this landscape guided by suggestions for structured idleness. To follow a path, to seek coordinates, and certainly to get lost in the process. To experience the poetry of the everyday: private paradises, no-entry signs, anti-gardens, echoing passages and much more.

Luciano Parodi was born in 1976 in Junín, Argentina. First he was an architect in Buenos Aires. Then he came to Vienna and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Now he lives and works in and between Vienna and Buenos Aires.

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The city belongs to you!

Johann Schneider (A)

Dates: Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 June
Times: 16.00 - 17.30 (13.00-14.30 on 30 June)
Starting point: Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna

Travel through Vienna with the undisputed Vienna public transport specialist Johann Schneider (aged 10). He knows all the tram models, such as the ULF. He knows where you can buy his favourite model and in which exotic country the double-decker Vienna trams of 1920 are still running. You will learn a lot on this detailed public city sightseeing tour, which includes a stop at the tram museum (for example, how many people are allowed standing per square meter in an underground train in Tokyo?). You will ride the tightest curve on the Vienna underground. But beware! Afterwards you will never be able to get on a train without thinking about the model and the year it was built. And you will know if it is a ULF.

Johann Schneider is ten years old and lives at the Brunnenmarkt in Vienna. He likes eating ice cream and profiteroles. He thinks fish from the Gourmet is horrible. At school he likes maths, as long as he doesn't have to do hundred or thousand long-division sums. Next year he will be eleven, although he has hardly got used to being ten.

In co-operation with Götz Bury.

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The zone

Karl Bruckschwaiger (A)

Dates: Monday 11, Saturday 16, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 28 June
Times: 19.00 - 21.00 (14.30-16.30 on 11 June)
Starting point: St. Marx S-Bahn Station, 1030 Vienna

In the middle of the third district is the Aspanggründe, a 22-hectare area of industrial wasteland. This space is in transition, poised between a turbulent past - among other things during the Nazi period - and grand plans for its future as the location for thousands of homes and jobs. The Aspanggründe form 'the zone'. Karl Bruckschwaiger leads the way through the zone using the stick-throwing method, borrowed from Andrei Tarkovski’s film Stalker. There is no prescribed route. You follow the stick-throwing and the narrations of the guide through the wasteland. Decaying remains of buildings and unusual ground structures trigger stories. Through the futurist building plans and the faded photos of the past, the dimensions of urban change are vividly revealed.

Karl Bruckschwaiger studied philosophy and history in Vienna. His interest in the theatre led him through the Sparverein der Unzertrennlichen, the Stadttheater Wien and the Tanzquartier Wien to his own projects, such as Hühnermumifizierung [mummifying chickens]. He also gives lectures, translates, writes and gives guided tours of Vienna.

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First listen up: decolonising Vienna tour

Pamoja / Research Group on Black Austrian History and Present
Coordination: Araba Evelyn Johnston-Arthur (USA/A)

Dates: Monday 11 - Saturday 30 June
Times: 14.00 - 22.00 daily (Sundays until 21.00)
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

The images and words of colonial scenes are firmly anchored in the images of Vienna. We encounter them in the world of desserts, as company logos and on menus. The bloody history of colonialism and slavery is covered in icing sugar and prettified. But the objects of the prettification talk back and make black Austrian history/histories audible. This audio tour promotes a contemporary confrontation with a played down, violent Viennese tradition. In the process, historical fragments of hidden survival stories and life stories of black people in this city become audible and visible.

The Research Group on Black Austrian History and Present / Pamoja links and establishes artistic and academic black emancipatory subject positions. It sees itself as a working group of Pamoja, a movement of the young African diaspora in Austria.

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Follow me, hold this

Cabula6 (USA/A)

Dates: Tuesday 12 - Friday 29 June
Times: 14.00 - 20.00, Tuesdays - Fridays
Starting point: Varies

You are given a map of the city and a telephone number. You ring up, and already you are behind the scenes of Stadtverführungen in Wien, because the Production Manager (Marlies Pucher) is on the line, on her way to check on the execution of the 'tours', to manage emergencies or to solve problems. Wherever Marlies is at the time, you will be there too. What ever she is doing, you will watch her and help her. As an authorised follower, you will be granted access to offices, garages and kitchens. As an instant assistant you will carry out small tasks and for a short time be able to imagine what it means to do a job as a Production Manager.

Cabula6 is an international performance group under the artistic direction of Jeremy Xido (USA) and Claudia Heu (A). They play with the boundary between reality and fiction. They seek out unconventional performance places and dedicate themselves to the principles of pleasure, humour, enquiry and adrenaline. They love to play.

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Guided by accident

Oliver Hangl (A) feat. maschek. (A)

Dates: Thursday 14 June
Times: 17.00 - 18.00 and 19.00 - 20.00
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Coincidences often play a decisive role in our life, if only one lets them. Particularly in the streets of a big city, coincidence is seldom given that chance. What would happen if one followed a lost glove, a child or a car with Carinthian number plates? In Guided by Accident, visitors are equipped with headphones and guided live through Mariahilfer Straße by the invisible tour guides Maschek. Participants must follow the rules of the game in which coincidence is the director. Maschek will fictionalise the place and the event and participants will be tempted to regard coincidence as a chance to react to the unexpected in a creative way.

Oliver Hangl moves in performative disciplines and in media spaces as much as in the classical exhibition halls of fine arts. His current work is characterised by breaches of reality, doublings and in-between worlds. Maschek (Peter Hörmanseder, Ulrich Salamun and Robert Stachel) are television hobbyists who in recent years have been engaged on a fixed stage (Rabenhof Theater) and regular participants in the Austrian State Television (ORF) programme Donnerstalk.

Supported by AKG, Klangfarbe, Duracell, Crumpler, shu!, McShark, Brillen.manufaktur and Hawlan Elektrotechnik.

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Eva Grumeth (A), Stephanie Rauch (A), Lena Winkler-Hermaden (A)

Dates: Wednesday 13, Friday 15 and Friday 29 June
Times: Hourly from 17.00 - 22.00
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

What is the most personal approach to Vienna? Three young Viennese women have taken this question literally and have found a deceptively simple answer to it: our flats. So they invite you to visit them at home. You enter the flat and realise that the host has just left. Will you accept her invitation? She trusts you. What will you do? What are the limits of your voyeurism? Hüttenzauber [the magic of mountain huts] makes public the private spaces of three lives. The secret of the identity of the hosts and the visitors remains unresolved.

The three hosts studied stage and film design together at the University for Applied Art in Vienna. Eva Grumeth works under the name Grundvier in the field of sets and production for arts projects and currently with Rainer Prohaska. Stephanie Rauch is a stage designer for performance and dance and also conceives her own projects in this field. Lena Winkler-Hermaden is a costume and stage designer for theatre and film productions. Hüttenzauber is their first joint work.

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Lean against the city

Verein Freiraumexperimente (A) with Florian Brand and Manfred Schwaba and Fritz/Frassl (Juli Fritz / Elisabeth Frassl)

Dates: Tuesday 12, Friday 22, Saturday 23, Tuesday 26 and Saturday 30 June
Times: 20.00 onwards
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Standing around in public space for no apparent reason provokes mistrust. And in order to be able to do this nevertheless, the Verein Freiraumexperiemente [association for free-space experiments] together with Fritz/Frassl discovered the activity of leaning as camouflage. How open to leaning is Vienna? All over the city there are many unnoticed public 'bars' that invite one to lean on them and offer a relaxed view of the surroundings. Electricity boxes and gravel holders are just the more obvious ones. In an evening tour with stickers and drinks in their pockets, public Vienna bars will be found, tested and marked. Then later, alone or in a group, you can go further and immortalise the bar discoveries on the Lean Against the City blog.

The (landscape) architects Florian Brand and Manfred Schwaba teach together at the BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences), Vienna and, under the label Verein Freiraumexperimente, realise temporary interventions in public space, such as Münzbalkon (2004) or Abfahrt Brunnenmarkt (2006). They are developing Lean Against the City with the fine artists Juli Fritz and Elisabeth Frassl.

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Lehmann’s addresses

Georg Blaschke (A)

Dates: Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 June
Times: 17.00 - 19.00 and 20.00 - 22.00 (17.00 - 19.00 only on 11 June)
Starting point: Café Eiles, Josefstädter Straße 2, 1080 Vienna

Based on Lehmann's Vienna address book from the year 1935, Georg Blaschke invites you to a walk of reminiscence through Vienna to trace the lines that connect yesterday to today. The address book is extensive and detailed, ordered according to districts and street names, and each address is marked with branch signs. You meet Georg Blaschke to study the address book together, in order to compare signs, symbols and archiving structures of past and present. You decide on the route of a walk that you take together through personal recollections and connections, vanished buildings and old transport routes. There is time to discover, share, discuss and drink coffee.

Georg Blaschke lives in Vienna as a freelance performer, choreographer and dance trainer. He grew up in Vienna, studied mathematics and philosophy and has worked as a postman, a street sweeper, a private teacher and radiator reader.

Photo documentation: Rudi Kern.
Thanks to: Werner Hanak and Nikolaus Korab.

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Last places

Tobias Dörr (D/A)

Dates: Monday 11 - Saturday 30 June
Times: 14.00 - 22.00 daily (Sundays until 21.00)
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

A bench, the corner of a house, perhaps a café. Episodes of Viennese life stories are linked with such everyday places. Life stories that soon come to an end, because they are recorded by incurably ill people who are cared for by the mobile hospice of the Caritas of the Archbishopric of Vienna. In a piece of personal reminiscence work, they have recorded short stories about their favourite places. You make your selection by responding intuitively to the title. Equipped with an audio guide and a city map you can travel to the favourite places of the protagonists, spend a while there and let them tell you their stories. A pensive tour through 'historic' places.

Tobias Dörr, was born in Switzerland in 1977, grew up in Germany and since 2002 has studied directorship with Michael Haneke at the Vienna Film Academy.

Thanks to: the mobile hospice of the Caritas of the Archbishopric of Vienna, Gerda Scherwitzl and Mag. Bettina Schörgenhofer.

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Mood. Routes

art.tickles with Sergius Nolle (PL/A), Claudia Nussbaumer (A), Suna Orcun (TR/A) and Özlem Sümerol (TR/A)

Dates and times: 12.30 on Monday 11 June; 17.00 on Tuesday 12 June; 16.00 on Saturday 16 June; 18.30 on Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 and Wednesday 27 June
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Irritable, in love, frivolous, or old-fashioned in Vienna? Mood. Routes is a Vienna guide that makes it possible to experience the city differently according to your mood. The guide is based on the experience, feelings and lifestyles of non-native residents of Vienna of various ages, origins and social backgrounds. What do the 'arrivals' think of their choice of home? Which places are emotionally significant for them? From the results of a broad questionnaire, art.tickles have condensed 'mood routes' through Vienna. After a filmed introduction, the visitors can select an adjective guide and inspect routes and places, sympathise and empathise.

Özlem Sümerol and Suna Orcun were both born in Istanbul in 1978 and now live in Vienna. Özlem is a culture manager, Suna an economist and musician. Claudia Nussbaumer was born in 1978 in Dornbirn and works as a motion designer and cutter. Sergius Nolle comes from Bydgoszcz, Poland. He studied architecture in Vienna and is a manager and creative director.

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Real crime walk

Michael Zinganel (A)

Dates: Saturday 30 June
Times: 15.00 - 17.00 and 18.30 - 20.30
Starting point: main entrance to the Vienna Police Headquarters, Kriminaldirektion 3 Rossauer Lände 5, 1090 Vienna

Crime doesn't pay?! Wrong, wrote Karl Marx in his notes on the productive power of crime: the criminal produces not only the crime itself, but also all the forms of criminal reporting, in the belle arts, in science and in the mass media, and not least all the measures taken against crime. On the trail of real and fictitious crimes, the cultural studies theorist Michael Zinganel guides participants along the Ringstraße and explains and transfigures the histories, building measures and architecture. From the bourgeois revolution to crimes of passion, from military-strategic structures to street ballads, Zinganel follows the trail of incredible crimes to well-known places - with a musical bonus from policeman Peter Steinbach (Wiener Blues).

Michael Zinganel works as an architecture culture theoretician, artist and curator in Graz and Vienna at exhibitions and projects on planning mythologies and everyday architecture as well as art and tourism. He is the author of Real Crime: Architektur, Stadt und Verbrechen.

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Soundwalk: through Mexico to Venice in Vienna

Robert Schwarz (A)

Dates: Monday 11 - Saturday 30 June
Times: 14.00 - 22.00 daily (Sundays until 21.00)
Starting point: Tanzquartier Wien Studios

Hearing and listening are often underestimated in most city guides. You look, but do you listen? Through the overlapping of two spaces, one audible and one visible, Schwarz reveals new virtual spaces and strays into an usual relam of inter-sensory perception. What would it be like if Mexikoplatz in Vienna sounded like Mexico? If Dresdner Straße sounded different? Equipped with a Walkman and a city map, participants go to corners of Vienna and, by playing the soundscapes, experience these places in a completely new way. The link between place and sound may be historical, or have something to do with the name or an event. An audio tour of a sensuous kind.

Robert Schwarz was born in Vienna in 1978 and initially studied architecture, and later computer music and electro-acoustic composition at the University for Music and Performing Art, Vienna. His projects include Recorderman, Wiener Geräuschorchester, The Honolulu Bound, Pingping and Roland Poland.

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Suburb safari
or: Who can find the mountain goat?

KagranKollektiv (A)
Patrick Golkowsky, Helmut Preis and Stefanie Sandhäugl

Dates: Friday 15 and Friday 22 June
Times: 16.00 - 20.00
Starting point: Entrance to the Vienna Donaustadt Rubbish Dump, Rautenweg 83, 1220 Vienna

In the wide open steppes of the Vienna suburbs there is another country: the kingdom of rubbish. Hardly any Viennese from the city centre districts cross the Danube voluntarily - but their rubbish does, and forms almost Alpine mountain ranges there. In the 1960s, the residents protested against the Rautenweg rubbish dump. They feared the dumping of hazardous waste. As proof to the contrary, the Pinzgau mountain goats were settled there, which have since then flourished. As a safari participant you will go on an adventure trip to the 'Donaustadt Mountain Goat Safari Park', to view the transdanubian mountain goats and their 'natural' habitat among the unwanted things of the Viennese. Refreshments and souvenirs are all-inclusive in the safari lodge.

The KagranKollektiv artists' group analyses the Donaustadt district, which is often described as a cultural desert. Patrick Golkowsky studied international economics and is a business bigwig and virtuoso brass-band player. Helmut Preis studied inter-media art and is a fashion creator and explosives expert. Stefanie Sandhäugl studied arts teaching and is an inventor.

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