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Benoît Maubrey
An interactive Speaker Sculpture in the shape of a Pestsäule

Commissioned by TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien.
Funded by KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien &
Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, Öffentlicher Dienst und Sport.
Supported by Wirtschaftskammer Wien und
Developed in cooperation with Brandenburgischer Verein Neue Musik, Potsdam.

29 Jan—1 May 2022
Anitta-Müller-Cohen-Platz, 1020 Vienna
(near Praterstern • in front of the WKO building)
daily 08:00—22:00
and as 24 hours-livestream under

Commissioning: Georg Weckwerth, TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna Construction supervisor: Imad Awwad, K2 Dach- und Bau GmbH, 2100 Leobendorf NÖ Trades: FUSS HOLZBAU, 1220 Vienna • STAHL UND FORM, 1030 Vienna • HANS LOHR, 1230 Vienna

Friday, 28 Jan 2022 • 15:30—16:30

Martina Taig, director KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien
Alexander Nicolai, district chief of Leopoldstadt
Margarete Kriz-Zwittkovits, vice president Wirtschaftskammer Wien [audio message]
Sabine Knierbein, professor Technische Universität Wien
Georg Weckwerth, curator and head of the project, TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien
Benoît Maubrey, artist und director DIE AUDIO GRUPPE
Peter Weibel, director ZKM Karlsruhe [audio message]
Musical and literary intervention
Markus Meyer (actor at Vienna Burgtheater)
Burkhard Stangl (musician, E-guitar)

The soundscape we inhabit is the product of an interactive relationship between individuals and the acoustic environment.
With the almost seven-metre-tall interactive sound sculpture “STREAMERS — a COVID Sculpture”, which quotes the architecture of the famous Viennese plague column from 1679, the American new media and performance artist Benoît Maubrey has created an iconographic work that names the current crisis in its title. This, however, not just for its own sake. His contemporary version of a plague column made of recycled electronics, IT-capable and accessible around the clock, encourages conscious reflection on the pandemic. At the same time Maubrey's “STREAMERS” opens up a space for communication, thought, encounter, commemoration and performance for everybody — all over the world. It is a memorial to our participation in the current ongoing global crisis.
— Georg Weckwerth

How to use “STREAMERS”
call the sculpture … express yourself … send tweets … connect via bluetooth … look at the … livestream … listen to white noise … bring your own mike … plug'n play