Week 1

Anna Witt

For Week 1 (March 15 – 21) Anna Witt has chosen three timely works which discuss the future of human relating and the work force.


Also her latest video installation Unboxing the Future which is discussing how automation and artificial intelligence influence the working situation in an industrial city like Toyota, Japan is now exclusively in full length on view on our website until April 15.


Anna Witt is asking:

What does solidarity between generations mean these days? How do we value care work? How do we create visibility? Do you think it’s time to revaluate (importancies)?


How do you want to work? What are you working for? How do you define yourself?

What are your professional goals? -Are they really your goals, or the goals of the company?

How much safety do you need? What means freedom for you? Where are your boundaries?


How do you see the future?

CARE, 2017

Anna Witt
HD video, colour, sound
17:28 min.
5 + 1 AP

The video project Care is about two geriatric nurses in Japan. A group of amateur dancers developed a piece of choreography based on the work routines and experiences of two young Indonesian nurses working in dementia care.

The dancers, influenced by Butoh and improvisational dance, were in some cases already around eighty themselves. They performed their personal interpretation of the care work as an intervention in the public space of the Maebashi city center, which is feeling the effects of an aging and shrinking population.

On a textual level, the nurses explain what motivated them to leave Indonesia and look for work abroad. We learn of a massively aging society, in which the care of the elderly is a task traditionally performed by daughters and daughters-in-law, and the sensitive relationship between the workers and their elderly patients. The dancers in the video Care interpret the personal experiences and movements of the Indonesian nurses, whose existence in society remains largely invisible.

Closeness, physical contact, self-surrender, allowing oneself to be carried, empowerment, and disempowerment are important themes of interpersonal relations, which always concern the dignity of the individual and are thus politically charged.

Body in Progress, 2018

Anna Witt
Body in Progress
5-channel 4K video installation, colour, sound
19:10 min.
3 + 1 AP

The video installation Body in Progress by Anna Witt engages with ways of imagining and optimizing the world of work and life. Here they are conceptualized through an analogy between work and workout.

In a 5-channel video, panoramas and details of the work environment in the area’s hotels, construction sites, and Erste Campus offices are interwoven with shots of athletic interventions into a fragmentary whole.

Anna Witt asked a group of calisthenics athletes to use the buildings and work areas for their bodyweight exercise. The relatively new extreme-lifestyle sport of calisthenics is about free body training, which largely eschews fitness machines and can be done anywhere, at any time. Characteristics such as commitment, individuality, freedom from rules, and self-optimization – attributes of our contemporary working world – are symbolically transferred to the body.

There is also textual content, based on the artist’s conversations with working people on-site, which explores their experience with work as a power factor and what they understand that to mean, as well as utopias and reflections on the relationship between the individual, work, and society.

Das Radikale Empathiachat, 2018

Anna Witt
Das Radikale Empathiachat
In collaboration with Maria Bujanov, Phillip Borchert, Anja Engelhardt, Belve Langniss, Blandia Langniss, Chiara Rauhut, Lena Schubel
2-channel HD video, colour, sound
20:10 min.
3 + 1 AP

Anna Witt has followed a group of young people in Leipzig while developing a manifesto for a potential youth movement. The young adults have spent several months realizing this project in close cooperation with the artist. In their conversations, they discuss their personal ideas of social utopias and are expressing their own feelings about the prevailing systems.

By questioning and deconstructing consisting norms and values of our society, they are following their ideas of these concepts and their meanings to articulate the youth movement’s inherent purpose.


According to their own imagination and sensations, they translate their manifesto into physical forms of expression and performative interventions in the public space.


This project has been developed with significant contribution by the group, not just as participants but as co-authors from the beginning and throughout the whole process. Utopian approaches are openly expressed without comment and provoke the viewers to take a position.


Exploring authorship and hierarchies within participatory concepts play a particular role in Anna Witt’s artistic practice. In doing so, the artist creates fictional spaces to enable a certain distance when questioning society and one’s own positions in a playful way.

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Group exhibition curated by Hermann Noering
April 24 - May 26, 2019
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Body in Progress
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April 9 - June 6, 2019
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Parallax Trading
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das weisse haus, Vienna
April 9 - May 18, 2019
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Freie. Radikale. wer raubt, plündert oder stiehlt
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March 6, 2019 - March 15, 2019
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For Anyone but not for Everyone
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Kunstpavillon Tiroler Künstlerschaft
February 22, 2019 - April 20, 2019
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Soft objects - Real feelings
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Galerie Hraničář, Ústí nad Labem
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Was ist Wahr
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January 27, 2019 - March 31, 2019
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December 18, 2018
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November 19, 2018
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Was ist Wahr
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Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft
November 18, 2018 - January 13, 2019
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November 16, 2018
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November 16, 2018
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Festliche Hinterzimmer Eröffnung mit Erkan
Kunsthaus Raab, Munich
November 8, 2018
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Kunstverein, Hamburg
October 27, 2018 - January 27, 2019
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Unexpected Encounters
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Arts Maebashi, Japan
October 12 - November 4, 2018
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The Value of Freedom
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Belvedere 21, Vienna
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Now Forever
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September 12 - October 20, 2018
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Eagles and Doves
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August 16 - October 28, 2018
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Space for Kids. A Dream City
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July 2 - September 2, 2018
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Archipelago. Insel des unvorhersehbaren Denkens
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Hauptbücherei am Gürtel, Vienna
May 29 - June 16, 2018
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Ein gemachter Mensch - künstlerische Fragen an Identitäten
Group exhibition curated by Luca Daberto
Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning
May 26 - September 16, 2018
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Belvedere 21, Vienna
May 23, 2018, 6 pm
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Wir sind heute in einem Backlash
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May 16, 2018
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Die Presse
April 19, 2018
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Fake It Till You Make It
Group exhibition curated by Nora Mayr
MeetFactory, Prague
April 13 - May 27, 2018
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by Linda Peitz
March 28, 2018
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Group exhibition curated by Franciska Zólyom
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
March 9 - July 1, 2018
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Stockholm Syndrome
Group exhibition curated by Jennifer Smailes
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
March 2 - May 13, 2018
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Human Flag
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Belvedere 21 – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna
February 28 - May 27, 2018
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"Human Flag": Im Hamsterrad der freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle
by Anne Katrin Fessler
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February 28, 2018
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Group exhibition curated by Ala Glasner
HI, GORDON, Vienna
February 16-18, 2018
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Group exhibition
Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten (MMKK), Klagenfurt
February 8 - May 20, 2018
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The 5th International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv
November 23 - December 2, 2017
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Das Innere wartet draußen auf dich
Group exhibition curated by Anamarija Batista
Parallel Vienna 2017
September 19 - September 24, 2017
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Geniale Gene
Bayerische Staatszeitung
August 4, 2017
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Faktor X – das Chromosom der Kunst
Group exhibition
3. Biennale der Künstler im Haus der Kunst München
July 29 - September 24, 2017
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Instructions for Happiness
Group exhibition curated by Severin Dünser and Olympia Tzortzi
21er Haus – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna
July 8 - November 5, 2017
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Spiegelnde Fenster. Reflexionen von Welt und Selbst
Group exhibition curated by Severin Dünser
21er Haus – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna
June 22 - October 29, 2017
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Critic’s Guide: Zurich
by Aoife Rosenmeyer
June 6, 2017
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Performing Knowledge
Group exhibition curated by Gioia Dal Molin, Yasmin Afschar
Kunstraum Dienstgebäude, Zurich
June 1 - July 1, 2017
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Über Bilder in der Öffentlichkeit
by Oliver Zybok
KUNSTFORUM International
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Künstliche Herzen: Die Brücke zum Überleben
Group exhibition
Josephinum, Vienna
Mai 5 - October 7, 2017
Galerie Tanja Wagner – New York
Ulf Aminde, Annabel Daou, Paula Doepfner, Nilbar Güreş, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Laurel Nakadate, Grit Richter, Angelika J. Trojnarski
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Group exhibition
October 21 - Dezember 3, 2016
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Kunst und Nation
Group exhibition
Kunstraum Lakeside Klagenfurt
September 30 - November 25, 2016
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GET INVOLVED: Focus Direct Urbanism
Group exhibition curated by Ursula Maria Probst
Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
September 17 - October 15, 2016
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Kunstraum München
September 8 - October 9, 2016
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Group exhibition
Bielefelder Kunstverein
August 27 - October 30, 2016
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Von den Strömen der Stadt
Group exhibition curated by Markus Umbach and Susanne Sitz
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
July 3 - October 23, 2016
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Chorweiler Beat
Solo exhibition
Simultanhalle - Raum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Köln
June 11 - July 7, 2016
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Fear of the Unkown
Group exhibition curated by Lenka Kukurová
Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slowakei
March 18 - July 31, 2016
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Die Suche nach dem letzten Grund
Group exhibition
Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen
March 5 - May 22, 2016
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Passion, Power, Performance
Solo exhibition
Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt
November 27, 2015 - January 29, 2016
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Factory Fetish
Group exhibition curated by Joshua Simon & Liang Luscombe
West Space, Melbourne
November 13 - December 12, 2015
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Creating Common Good
Group exhibition
Kunsthaus Wien
November 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016
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Travestie für Fortgeschrittene Teil 3: Durch Wände gehen
Group exhibition
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
October 24, 2015 - January 31, 2016
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Group exhibition
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
October 23, 2015 - February 21, 2016
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Gemeinschaft ohne Eigenschaften
Solo exhibition
8. Salon, Hamburg
October 10 - November 7, 2015
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Group exhibition curated by Oksana Briukhovetska
The Palace of Art, Lviv
July 3-19, 2015
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Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo at the Austrian Embassy Japan, Tokyo
June 18, 2015 from 7 - 9 pm
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24/7 the human condition
Group exhibition curated by Marlies Wirth
Vienna Biennale 2015
June 11 - October 4, 2015
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Blind Spots
Group exhibition curated by Margarethe Makovec and Anton Lederer
Off Biennale Budapest
April 24 – Mai 31, 2015
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Durch Wände gehen. Ein Arbeits- und Ausstellungsprozess
Solo exhibition curated by Julia Kurz
Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
March 27, 2015 – January 31, 2016
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Group exhibition
Charleroi, Belgium
November 14 - 16, 2014
Anna Witt
Re-former le monde visible

Group exhibition
Le 116 - Centre d'Art Contemporain de Montreuil
October 8, 2014 - January 1, 2015