Concept | Curator | Exhibition Location


In Search of Europe assumes that, in connection with the humanities, art can produce something that neither of them can do alone; along with greater depth of focus, a dialogue between these disciplines creates the possibility of a shift in perspective. The production of art is directly tied to the production of knowledge. New and more complex questions arise, along with an altered perception of one’s own role in this production. The precision of science will be synergistically combined with the radicalism of art.

From November 2013 until January 2014, the ISOE exhibition will take place in cooperation with the Berlin art space Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.

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ISOE wants to bring the project’s inherent experimental aspect closer to the public. To this end, it will create experiential spaces that offer access to the respective themes through the senses.

The six central commissioned artistic works will be supplemented by, juxtaposed to, or set in productive competition with other artistic works. Along with the spaces of art, there will be spaces of knowledge production. The effects of this dialogical process resulting from collaboration will run through the entire exhibition and tie the various spaces together.

Among other things the artwork will consist of installations, sound- and video works, paintings, performances, wall drawings, and archives.


Gemuce/MZ A Tale of one City (sex of angels, authority, heaven, competition) serie of paintings, since 2006


M.Sherif/EG, O.T., book cover, 2010


You can find more informations about the participating artists on ART+RESEARCH



The Viennese curator, artist, and filmmaker Daniela Swarowsky studied Art and Culture Management at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Since 1991, she has worked as a culture producer in the field of visual art and experimental music. From 1995 to 2000, she worked in New York as a curator and culture producer. Among her stations there were the renowned The Kitchen (Platform for innovative inter-media art and performance projects) and collaboration with the Ars Electronica Festival. In 1999, she  curated the art project and inter-media festival Among Others 3 (ao3) in the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna. In the Netherlands and internationally, she made a name for herself as a curator with art projects like Dreamgarden_Internal Landscapes (Rotterdam Cultural Capital 2001) and the film trilogy Messages from Paradise_About the Permanent Longing for Elsewhere (#1 Egypt:Austria, #2 Morocco:Netherlands).




Curatorial Statement by Daniela Swarowsky: "The motor for my work is a sensitivity to society’s blind spots. Testing and exceeding societal boundaries are what drive me. I often start with an idea that fascinates me and arouses my curiosity. As the starting point and in the elaboration of my concepts, I formulate questions and create framework conditions, often in the form of experimental setups.
In my work up to now, I have invited people from various realms to step beyond their accustomed horizons. In this, I have been able to bring together artists, theoreticians, researchers, and people from other contexts, like bureaucrats and migrants. These people then entered into a dialog and simultaneously conducted research with me on the suggested topics. I see my task in giving instructions for experiments and creating a secure framework within which the participants gain adequate scope for their individual research and the exchange of ideas. In the course of these projects, I initiate artistic and social processes and try to work on the level of experience as well as to foster and create material and immaterial pictures and spaces. The works I have done have always challenged the audience / the recipient to leave the passive role of consumer behind."



Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien – an organization of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Council – is an exhibition space for contemporary art with a focus on current social and cultural issues. Central to the projects here are the meaningful contextualization of themes and consideration for diversity, internationality, and local relevance. Its location is the impressive former hospital Bethanien at Mariannenplatz, built in 1847. With 450 m2 and more than 200 running meters of wall surface, the space is well suited to mid-size exhibitions. Around six exhibition projects take place in a year, some of which are realized as a collaborative effort with other institutions, curators, or artist groups.