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In Suspense
Albeit Unintentionally—Rather Acrobatic


Opening: 19.9., 12:00–20:00
Tour: 26.9., 17:00

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Volksgartenstraße 6a, 8020 Graz

Mon–Tue 10:00–18:00, Wed 10:00–22:00, Thu–Fri 10:00–18:00, Sat 12:00–16:00

Free admission

Artists: Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Iris Christine Aue, Günter Brus / Jörg Schlick, Fedo Ertl, Veza Fernández / Deborah Birch, Josef Fürpass, e.d gfrerer, Daniel Hafner, Veronika Hauer, Marlene Hausegger, Matthias Jäger / Bernhard Wolf, Roman Klug, Zita Oberwalder, Clara Oppel, Keyvan Paydar, Erwin Polanc, Wendelin Pressl, David Reumüller, Isa Riedl, Christina Helena Romirer, Karoline Rudolf, Irmgard Schaumberger, Maria Schneider, Markus Sworcik, Lea Titz

Project team: Margarethe Makovec, Anton Lederer, Leonhard Rabensteiner, Markus Waitschacher, with the collaboration of Birgit Kulterer (Collection of the City of Graz / Department of Culture)


Supported by steirischer herbst ’20

“To be in suspense is to hold your breath. And to look with as much attention as possible at what is simply there, at what offers itself to you in the presence of things.” This is the formulation offered by the psychoanalyst and philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle in her book Éloge du risque (In Praise of Risk), published in 2011. In one of the brief chapters, titled “In Suspense,” she argues that we must come to appreciate the state of suspense: “Suspension is not the arrested time that comes before something else happens; it is the event itself.”

Today’s events are effectively magnifying the structures, opportunities, and problem areas in our societies. It is rapidly becoming apparent that easy answers and grand gestures can no longer produce certainties. We will remain frozen in old patterns if we let this extraordinary period of uncertainty, a development that no one was expecting, go to waste and don’t use it to make space for new approaches—not only for ourselves but also as a way to ease the global burden.


Supported by steirischer herbst ’20