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Tex Rubinowitz

Telling stories
17.07.2017 – 29.07.2017

  • Untitled, 2015, installation view (detail), The Nul-Pointers, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Hertha Hurnaus
    Portrait photo: Hertha Hurnaus
    Medium/Media: Mostly painting, also drawing, assemblage, embroidery, oil on wood, text
    Location: Festung Hohensalzburg

    Location: Hohensalzburg Fortress
    Languages: German, English
    What to bring: Tools and materials for working in your preferred medium
    Requirements: None
    Maximum number of participants: 20
    Co-teacher: Sonja Bendel
    Participation fee: € 700.– (€ 540.–)


    On the basis of stories (fictional, real or biographical) participants will develop a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk. They may work on the assumption that the picture was there first and the words followed, or the other way round - they write a story, which gives rise to the second dimension in the picture. We all carry stories within us; we talk, we express ourselves. Pictures belong to these texts - we have only to define and assemble them.

    It is also conceivable that participants collaborate for mutual help in formulating and polishing. Who will illustrate whose idea? Or do we not allow anyone else to interpret us? We should not limit ourselves to pure illustration, which often runs parallel to the story, sometimes merely as a passive accompaniment. The picture should merge with the story, actively sharpening its perception. "Picture" does not necessarily mean something drawn or painted. Anselm Kiefer made leaden books weighing a ton; Yoko Ono, "walking on thin ice", also had a story to tell.

    The end result should be a small book. It doesn't have to be printed or bound; it can be metaphysical - just a trace or a suggestion - but the participants should say something about it. The course is intended to sharpen the senses, to enable students to express something in two different ways: in word and picture.