add.on – architecture reclaims wallensteinplatz

people who pass by the wallensteinplatz in vienna’s 20th district won’t believe their eyes in the first moment, but then realize: yes, it must be art.
a team of architects that gathered around Peter Fattinger built a 20 meter high sculpture named addon. it’s a piece of art of the kind you can enter, touch and experience. a playground for grown ups and a whole lot of children.
before you enter, you have to prove you’re over 16 and sign to enter on own responsibility for your physical and mental health. chances are you question the second after 5 minutes of watching.

addon wants to be a public space for living/eating/drinking/art/playing… without a facade. it wants to change one’s point of view on daily activity. it succeeds.
everything is a bit different, transparent and spleeny. somewhere between tech, art, architecture and brutal tinkering. there are lots of things you can keep your mind occupied with: a garden, a web terminal (running linux/gnome!), a cafe, a car-wash brush… just to menion a few.

can anyone actually live in place without a facade, in a place you are watched all the time and see anything around you all the time, you will ask yourself. the answer is yes. all the artists who stop by until the 31th of july to show their work will stay at least one night. and the caravan which is mounted on the 2nd floor isn’t called caretaker’s flat for nothing.

my suggestion is: visit add-on.at, stop by, get your hands on, accept the smoking ban and maybe go for one or the other art presentation or DJ session.

ps: if you find the time, comfort the man at the hot-dog stand vis a vis. he is so helplessly swearing because of the mindlessly squandered taxes.

1 Comment so far

  1. eSeL (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

    …just at the beginning of this winter weather – it



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