(re)designing nature

Künstlerhaus, Vienna November 26th, 2010 – January 23rd, 2011

Text: Bálint Botzheim

Vincent Callebaut: Physalia, 2010

Innovative design inspired by nature in an urban context. The trustees of this exhibition made their selection of works by contemporary artists, architects and landscape architects. The designers of works presented here focussed on the alternative reutilization of slumming urban and industrial zones. The utopistic visions of this review rely upon the symbiosis of nature and culture ambitioning to startle the audience and thus get people to reconsider the relationship of nature and human beings. Creators presented here bravely and even daringly face problems and their answers reveal a wide spectrum of narratives meant to help further thinking.
Susan Witzgall and Florian Matzner trustees worked on the general concept of the exhibition and its publication whilst their fellow curator, Iris Meder concentrated on especially landscape architecture. The idea of this exhibition was born five years ago. Géza Hajós, the famous art-historian professor dreamt of organizing an exhibition of landscape design in Künstlerhaus. He is a pensioner today and still dedicatedly popularizes landscape architecture. Specialists – namely Maria Auböck and János Kárász – have been found to realize this idea.