The contributions of the Department Sculpture and Space to the Angewandte Festival 2021 are aimed at the University’s staff and its visitors. They reinforce the connection of artworks with workspaces and can be seen or overlooked. The works were selected or discussed by the students together with the respective staff members. In recent years, artistic critique regarding representation, inclusion, and social justice has shifted from the margins to the centre of museum practice, as shown by the current Post-MoMA Future strike. Three years ago, Andrea Fraser published her book 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics, a directory-like volume exploring museum finance. It shows that while art institutions stage themselves as politically progressive places, they obtain some of their funding from a group of people who also donate money to politically and morally controversial causes.
A basic urgency or simple consequence of this could be to show art elsewhere. But this “elsewhere” is not only directed at the other place, but also involves an expanded audience. From a sociological perspective, the art world is structured by various patterns that determine audience inclusion and exclusion.
And there are many examples of alternative exhibition venues; recently, works by artists such as Alicja Kwade, Thomas Bayrle and others, were shown in a Rewe supermarket in Munich. But following the approach of ethical action, such a place also opens up further questions.