The identity of the outskirts of Vienna-Aspern has been experiencing a time of radical change in the course of an urban development program transforming the former airfield into Vienna’s Urban Lakeside – the largest new urban development in Vienna for the next 20 years and one of the largest in Europe. Which public spaces will be created for the inhabitants in this unspectacular gray area between city and countryside which continually shifts with the growth of suburban zones?
Barbara Holub’s “Am Stadtrand" ("At the Urban Periphery”) comprises a series of four performative “Tours through the Outskirts” stimulating interpretations of peripheries and their existing qualities on site - potentials neglected in the masterplan.
Barbara Holub’s project also includes the installation of new drawings of and for Aspern based on photographs by the inhabitants. These drawings aimed at fathoming the potential of this in-between space “before the arrival of architecture” to allow for unplanned and unplannable wishes. Inhabitants were invited to send a photograph to Barbara Holub, from which the artist developed new drawings for the billboards, which temporarily replaced the image campaign by 3420 Aspern Development AG.
These were included in the publication "found, set, appropriated," (Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg) a “coloring book”, together with a number of large-format drawings which explore different and partly quite unusual forms of use and appropriation of public space based on situations in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Birmingham, Plymouth, or Belgrade.
The walks were transformed into an audio piece for Ö1 Kunstradio, premiered on Nov.14, 2010.
Today they are already a testimony of neglected qualities.
The Blue Frog Society
Vienna-Aspern was also the site, where the The Blue Frog Society originated.
For venues of the Blue Frog Society in Vienna-Aspern see:
The New Year's Concert of the Blue Frog Society
Barbara Holub has continued her engagement in Aspern Lake City in several events:
a collaborative project by students of the Institute of Art and Design/ Vienna University of Technology and of the HBK Saar/ Art Academy of Saarbrücken/ class of Georg Winter (Germany), 2011.
2nd World Non Congress of the Missing Things:
with students of Social Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, 2014
1st Walk on Urban Periphery, April 11, 2010:
Max Rieder: "again/ against – a city which will never be built"
– in the frame of AzW Sonntags, organized by the Architecture Center Vienna.
2nd Walk on Urban Periphery, June 20, 2010:
Gerald Straub: "On holes and the ones missing"
(Performer: Noah Holtwiesche)
Interviews by Barbara Holub on: "Voices from a future international city" with contributions by:
Elnaz Bekham, Michael Claude, Stéphane Girault, Mehru Jaffer Dari Kipinova, Emilia Lopez, Victoria Oscarsson, Louise Prinz, Aradhana Seth, and students of Webster University, Vienna and inhabitants of the House of Integration, Vienna.
Actors: Dirk Nocker, Sönke Schnitzer
3rd Walk on Urban Periphery, Sept.19, 2010:
with contributions by: Irene Bittner, Barbara Imhof, Srdan Ivkovic, Bertram Weisshaar, Daniel Aschwanden
4th Walk on Urban Periphery, Nov.17, 2010:
with Georg Winter/ S_A_R Team: "Simple anticipatory basic exercises for improving the living conditions of the futue residents"
– in the frame of Vienna Art Week
The project was funded by Public Art Vienna, 22nd District of Vienna, Aspern 3420 Development AG.
Barbara Holub. "found, set, appropriated,"
Texts: Ines Gebetsroither, Barbara Holub
Graphic Design: Enrico Bravi
176 pages, 128 pages with drawings, color photos of the walks on urban periphery
Schweizer Broschur, 21 x 29,7 cm
incl. CD with art radio piece/ Ö1
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Art radio piece/ Ö1 Kunstradio - CD:
The Blue Frog Society Walks to the Moon
Audio walk by Barbara Holub and Bruno Pisek
Text and concept: Barbara Holub
Voices: Anne Bennent, Dirk Nocker
Sound: Bruno Pisek
Mix: Martin Leitner / Ö1 Kunstradio
Label: stimmdruck stdr 003