Fwd: Our butterball in action
Publication & installation with Aino Korvensyrjä
Occupy, Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria
After encountering a few men named Wolfgang Eisl living in the Salzburg region, a casual investigation is triggered that uncovers a family scandal and implicates cute cat photos with the dark phenomena in heavy metal, economy and financialized politics on a global scale.
In a publication with fellow resident Aino Korvensyrjä, we investigate multiple dimensions of the fictive political season: "Austrian Summer." The neologism reflects our sentiment in this idyllic lakeside village – the exact opposite of such rebellious political seasons as Arab Spring or American Fall (Occupy Wall Street). However, a few months later news breaks that the state of Salzburg has been making risky currency speculations with public funds. Suddenly, "Austrian Summer" is informed by this sneaky financialization and the media's misleading news coverage. But where are the protests? The publication examines this conundrum by looking into the mediatic construction of crisis narratives, transformations in contemporary cultural production and the artists' role in the latter.
With an essay by Aino Korvensyrjä, conversations between Korvensyrjä and Prof. Dr. Joseph Vogl,
and Daniel Seiple and Reverend Donald Seiple
Woodcarvings by Wolfgang Eisl
40 pages, color photos, English and German language
Installation with sculptures by chainsaw sculptor Wolfgang Eisl. Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria
Wolfgang Eisls in Salzburg, Austria
August 2, 2012. Flachgauer Nachrichten, Salzburg, Austria. "Austrian Summer" and the Controversial Theme "Occupy"
Iron Maiden performs The Number of the Beast at O2 Arena, Berlin, 2013.
From: "Rev. Donald Seiple"
Date: July 28, 2012 3:55:10 PM GMT+02:00
To: Dan Seiple....
Subject: Our Butterball in action!
Evil Hands by Wolfgang Eisl, Strobl, Austria, 2012