Sandro Droschl, artistic director of the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark will give a speech on the exhibition Europe: Ancient Future and present the catalog. The catalog for the exhibition Europe: Ancient Future documents on the one hand the works and themes of the exhibition, and on the other hand it is intended to provide inspiration for further engagement with the history of ideas in Europe.
The concept for the publication is a special publication format, which can be described as a kind of novella, but which does not follow a linear course of action, but is characterized by a network of recourse and anticipation. The catalog follows a hybrid narrative of alternative historiography, which unfolds around the history of ideas and the myths of Europe, interweaving short texts by scholarly authors with statements by artists and texts about the exhibited works. The underlying idea is to develop a comprehensive and interconnected view on ancient history that reaches into the present and suggests a potential for the future. For this purpose, newly written texts by authors such as Verity Platt, Eveline Krummen or Linda Nolan are used and put in dialogue with already existing texts by Aristotle and Danielle Allen. In this way, a narrative line will be drawn that stretches from antiquity to the present day and that will focus on the good relationship between the individual and society. Europe stands for cultural diversity and, in its original sense, means “she with the broad view.” This concept will be maintained for the catalog.
What can we learn from antiquity? What is a possible ancient future of Europe? How are these connections rethought in artistic positions of the exhibition?