As is the case with hardly anyone else, artists are in the privileged position of following their own individual truth throughout their lives and translating it into a work, a field of activity in which, in addition to the movement of one’s own actions, includes the eternal search for personal knowledge. Today, the quest for truth - Making Truth - is no longer considered the preserve of classical orators, clerics, philosophers, scientists, and, as one would at least hope, that of politicians and heads of state, but is also the province of those who have sought and found other, individual and possibly more subtle ways of representing the truth: Visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and poets.
It is probably no coincidence that Making has similarities both phonetically and in meaning to Faking and that in the fever of the not-yet-true, the truth mixes with the untrue. The fantasies of feasibility to an individual in a frenzy of perceived truth can all too easily lead to pathological outgrowths of ideological ideas leading to a boundless abuse of power, something with which we are confronted each day. At the end of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche disassociated the truth from the authority of religious jurisdiction and described it as an illusion: “What then is truth?” [...] Metaphors that have become worn out and are essentially powerless, are like coins whose stamped images have been worn to the point of erasure and can now only be considered as pieces of metal, no longer as items of monetary value.”
In the course of modernity, however, doubts grew ever greater and the idea of one objective truth crumbled in favor of a splintering into many subjective truths. Picasso still believed he could save the truth through art when he said: “Art is a lie that tells the truth.” But from then on, the truth was more and more often called a lie. Heinz von Förster even said that truth was the invention of a liar. In times like these, in which fake news is prevalent, politicians tell a pack of lies and news are instrumentalized as weapons, many people wish for a backward, preferably single, objective instance that speaks the truth. But we have learned from history and know that promises of salvation, whether religious or political, are particularly dangerous.
Robert Punkenhofer & Angela Stief
The Open Studio Days offer a unique opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of artistic production. The successful Open Studio Day format, which has existed since 2012, can look back on more than 300 participating artists.
In its 15th year, the VIENNA ART WEEK presents an Open Studio Day throughout an entire weekend. Curated by Angela Stief and Robert Punkenhofer, the exhibitions in selected artists’ studios show both existing and new works under the title “Making Truth”, as well as an exquisite parcours through Viennese artists’ studios.
Artists who have their studio in Vienna can submit their entries for participation in the Open Studio Days as part of the VIENNA ART WEEK 2019 until 15 August 2019. Submissions with proposals dealing thematically with the theme Making Truth will be given special consideration and highlighted in the communication. A jury of experts (Stefan Bidner/Vienna, Friedrich von Borries/Berlin, Martha Kirszenbaum/Paris and Los Angeles, Vanessa Joan Müller/Vienna, Angela Stief/Vienna) will determine who will participate in the Open Studio Days.