MAK NITE Lab: “The Report”

Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited, Rotterdam/Belgrade) and Stefan Gruber (STUDIOGRUBER, Vienna) in collaboration with Paul Currion (Belgrade/London)


For the 2049 Vienna Biennale, the artist Ergün Demir is commissioned to investigate the history of the smart city. Struggling to find material for his work, Ergün uses illicit technology to reconstruct the badly damaged city archives. What he finds will challenge many of his assumptions about why Vienna is different.

"What I am trying to say is: looking back from 2049, it is easy to imagine that this city we now live in was a natural evolution. But what if we are overlooking the hard work of Viennese citizens and social movements throughout history, before the smart city was even conceived? What if I am in fact rewriting Vienna's history to remove the difficult people, the difficult questions?"

The Report is a work of artistic research and speculative fiction that will be released as a limited printed edition in English on September 15. Inspired by many past and present Viennese citizens' initiatives and social movements, this MAK NITE Lab not only marks the public presentation of The Report, but also aims to bring together people involved in shaping Vienna from the bottom up and provide a forum for discussion on another possible future. The authors invite visitors to meet and discuss over a drink.


This MAK NITE Lab is the fifth event in a series that is guest-curated by Maria Lind, director of Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, in connection with her group exhibition Future Light for the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015. This is the closing event of the commission that started with a talk by Brian Kuan Wood ("Is it Love?", e-flux journal, 2009) and a film screening by Marysia Lewandowska (Museum Futures, 2008) in April 2014. The second MAK NITE Lab in this series in November 2014 featured a talk by Fernando García-Dory entitled "On Art, Agriculture, and the Countryside: Possible Futures of Existing Initiatives in the Fields." In December 2014, STEALTH.unlimited and Stefan Gruber organized a MAK NITE Lab discussing possible effects of the crisis of the welfare state on the future of Vienna. This was followed by a public conversation with p.m., author of bolo'bolo, in March 2015.


TUE, 15.09. / 20:00 – 22:002015