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July 2015, English/German
13.5×21 cm, 194 pages, 8 b/w and 60 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-161-1
Johannes Schwark
the Institut für Kunst im Öffentlichen Raum Steiermark


The Ausseerland and the partly inaccessible landscape in the Austrian Totes Gebirge look back on a checkered political history. A great number of activities both supporting and opposing Hitler’s fascism were focused there in the mid-1940s. The year 2015 sees the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Europe from Nazi totalitarianism. Only few witnesses of these past events are still alive at this time. Many events are known, many interpretations contested, but an encounter with contemporary art that focuses on historic sites in the landscape, and decides to interpret these sites differently, is unprecedented.


Six art projects in the landscape work with this individual and collective memory—from Clegg & Guttmann, Eva Grubinger, Florian Hüttner, Angelika Loderer, Susan Philipsz, and Bojan Šarčević. Published on the occasion of the eponymous group project and exhibition, this book is intended to serve as a walking guide and to give the reader insights concerning the historical background of the projects. It contains words and images about the various works, the artists, and the sites, as well as how to find them, along with details and anecdotes connected with places, events, and topics.