Humanity｜Art ｜issue 143
how it was. Space and History, Temporary Exhibition at Palais Herberstein in Graz, Austria
Humanity｜Art ｜issue 143
The temporary exhibit, "how it was. Space and History," is one piece of a four-part provincial exhibition in the Austrian state of Styria which showcases the region's cultural heritage on the first floor of the History Museum in Graz. The journey through time and space begins with immersive sounds and visuals, animated morphing boundaries accompanied by changing linguistics and dialects. The "black box" circuit, an existing series of hermetically sealed wooden room cells from the 90s ingrained in the historic premises, provides the framework for this exhibition. To invite visitors to participate and perceive history in an unexpected and unpretentious way, four diverse sensory experiences were introduced into the space: shell, structure, floor, and sound. The further one progresses in the 10-room loop, the denser and more complex, scaled, accelerated the experience becomes. The transformation of the neutral shell into an artistically translated landscape, untouched by human hands, was the first step. An infinite landscape loop wraps around the walls (artwork by Eva Stern) and metaphorically depicts the pristine nature humans found on earth, which was then successively modified, reshaped, and transformed. Traces of these human interventions become legible as gaps in the landscape and wall, also contextualizing the connection between objects within the historical context of the palais.
From the cutouts, a spatial wooden structure emerges, referencing material and dimensions of the shell's wooden-frame construction. A single element, rotated on its coordinate axes, is multiplied and proliferated into a three-dimensional space from the floor, wall and ceiling, acting as a display for a myriad of historic maps and scale models. The interplay of structure, objects and gaps in the landscape offers insights and unveils previously hidden layers of historic masonry and housing technology. The adequacy of human action is both challenged and reflected through the lens of penciled graffiti. The sound installation, created and produced by 13&9 Design in collaboration with Severin Su, is a key element of the scenography contributing to the multidimensional visitor experience.
Project Team：Jörg Kindermann․Martin Lesjak․Anastasija Lesjak․Lisa Nett
Organizers：STEIERMARK SCHAU, Universalmuseum Joanneum
Curator：Ulrich Becker․Walter Feldbacher․Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen
Wall Art：Eva Stern
Sound Design：Severin SU․13&9 Design
Lighting Consultant：GOL Lichtdesign
Exhibition Location：Graz, Austria
設計團隊：約格․金德曼 馬丁․萊斯雅克 阿納斯塔西婭․萊斯雅克 麗莎․奈特
主辦單位：STEIERMARK SCHAU, Universalmuseum Joanneum
策展人：烏爾里希․貝克爾 沃爾特․費爾德巴赫 貝蒂娜․哈布斯堡-洛特林根