As part of “Magic Carpets – European Platform Project”, the Tyrolean artists Johannes Reisigl and Juri Velt are presenting their new radio program “Roaming Rumours of Resistance” this October at openspace.innsbruck. As part of this, on the long weekend of the Austrian national holiday, from October 26th to Sunday, October 29th, diverse artistic activities will be emerging both on site and online on Radio Robida.
Magic Carpets: Kollaboratorium
As part of “Kollaboratorium”, the current “Magic Carpets” project cycle, curator Danijela Oberhofer-Tonkovic and production manager Charly Walter, create a safe space for artistic experimentation that serves the cultivation of multiple perspectives to encourage critical reflection and action. This includes exchange and engagement as much as inspiring learning formats for and with the local cultural landscape.
Following the successful artist residency on the theme of “Common Landscape” by the Ukrainian duo Open Place (Yulia Kostereva and Yuriy Kruchak) in early summer 2023, which included interviews with local cultural actors, public workshops, a course as part of the “Kunstraum Summer School”, an artist talk and an exhibition, another artist duo is now active at openspace.innsbruck.
A Radio Program as Artistic Research
Roaming Rumours of Resistance is a nomadic and parasitic radio program and the collaborative research framework of Johannes Reisigl and Juri Velt. Founded in 2022, they connect the voices of different beings, places and practices to queer their understanding of resistance.
Together, they search for orientation in uncertain times to cultivate response-ability and new planetary imaginaries – embracing muddy becomings, clumsy solutions and feral beings in the thick present.
From Thursday, October 26th to Sunday, October 29th, Roaming Rumours of Resistance will be broadcasting live for the first time – on site at openspace.innsbruck (Mentlgasse 12b) and online on Radio Robida (robidacollective.com).
A Hybrid Program on the Long Weekend of the Austrian National Holiday
During the first three days Johannes Reisigl and Juri Velt invite you to join them for hybrid reading, listening, making and sharing between 3 PM and 6:30 PM. The artists will read aloud texts (in German or English) from authors such as Donna Haraway, Isabelle Fremeaux, Jay Jordan, Laura Freudenthaler, Pedro Neves Marques, Robin Wall Kimmerer or Ursula K. Le Guin. These texts deal in different ways with questions of narrative making in light of multiple crises. What stories are told through our words and actions? What (other) stories are needed? And how can we tell these other stories? At the same time, the artists invite visitors to embroider on a large fabric to digest the reads with their hands and review them in mutual exchange. Thus, a visual landscape, situational knowledge and an archive of texts will be co-created as a foundation for further work on the radio and the stories Johannes and Juri might encounter along the way.
On Sunday, openspace.innsbruck opens its doors not until 5 PM. Then, Johannes Reisigl and Juri Velt will present their “Feral Budget” – a scheme for holistic budgeting that makes invisible work, hidden resources and secret collaborators visible. Afterwards, from 6 PM onwards, the artists will guide through songs (of resistance), with music from all genres and epochs, before ending the evening around food and drinks.
No registrations or prior experience necessary! Come as you are!
Johannes Reisigl and Juri Velt
Johannes Reisigl and Juri Velt both grew up in the Alps of Western Austria and have been connected in various forms as companions for over a decade whilst moving through different cities and landscapes independently. Before meeting again in the Netherlands for the completion of their studies at the MA Practice Held in Common and Sandberg Institute, Johannes studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and The Cooper Union in New York City whereas Juri studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig as well as architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.
Radio Robida is a radio project run by Robida Collective that works at the intersection of written and spoken words – with Robida Magazine and Radio Robida – and spatial practices developed in relation to the village of Topolò/Topolove, where the collective is based. Radio Robida started from a deep need of keeping the relations with friends from near and far active throughout the whole year. The main question it asks is if a radio station could be a form of care – toward a place and a community? Radio Robida broadcasts once a month and is composed of shows from the members of the collective and hosts radio creators from around the world. Currently, Radio Robida is working on the project titled The Other Radio which is a part of the official program of the European Capital of Culture Nova Gorica/Gorizia 2025.
Magic Carpets – European Platform Project
Magic Carpets – European Platform Projects unites 16 European cultural organisations that create opportunities for emerging artists to embark on international journeys and to create, together with local artists and local communities, new works that highlight local specificities and compensate for the shortage of story-telling existing in modern society by enhancing cultural accessibility, cultural activism and participation.The Magic Carpets project is funded by the EU as part of the “Creative Europe” program, implemented by openspace.innsbruck in Austria and supported by the City of Innsbruck, the Region of Tyrol, the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport . Openspace.innsbruck, run by “Verein zur Förderung der Alltagskultur” and located in the Wilten district of Innsbruck, was nominated in 2018 as the Austrian representative for “Magic Carpets – European Platform Project” under the direction of Danijela Oberhofer Tonkovic (curator) and Charly Walter (administrative direction and production).