transient spaces – what is home
Vero Schürr and artists
A serendipitous journey through other people’s sense of belonging invites visitors to re-think their own sense of home. What can home be in a continuously globalised world?
Austria, like every country, is defined by its weather, its politics and its music. How does all of this influence people’s sense of belonging? Does Austria enrich an artist’s sense of home.
The installation turns conventional concepts of showing art upside down. For a change it is not the artist’s work that is the main focus but their sense of belonging that constitutes the entrance point to their world, influencing their way of working. Home, interpreted as ‘a crucial point of reference from which one’s self and world is comprehended.’ (Tony Fry), is seen as the precondition for the creation of art while, in turn, art is seen as the precondition for the artist’s sense of belonging.
The exhibition explores whether home can be redefined and if home and transience can coexist, as seems to be necessary in a continuously globalised world where people of all classes are required or motivated to lead a nomadic lifestyle. To a certain extent this lifestyle means a return to a time when feeling at home was defined by a sense of being part of the world and not by possessions. Human ‘settlement marked a fundamental shift from our being world dwellers, who owned nothing and everything, to our becoming dwellers in a place to which the claim of belonging was made. In a real sense, belonging made the accumulation of belongings possible.’ (Tony Fry) The concept of home has thus become a driver for ‘a constantly growing volume of unsustainable consumption, regarding the world as a standing reserve.’ (Tony Fry) Home, and therefore also homelessness, should be re‐defined, and consequently our understanding of patriotism or nationalism.
Home, and therefore also homelessness, should be re‐defined, as should consequently our understanding of patriotism or nationalism.