Catch Me

Catch Me

Kunsthaus Graz

Roman Signer
Schweben in einer Kiste, 1999, (video still)
Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
Pilot: A. Caspari, camera: Aufdi Aufdermauer/,
editor: Aleksandra Signer, photo: © Roman Signer

February 10, 2010

Catch Me
Grasping Speed

6 February – 25 April 2010

Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1, A–8020 Graz
T +43-316/8017-9200
kunsthausgraz [​at​]

The 20th century witnessed numerous theoretical and artistic works on the subject of speed as an experimental phenomenon, and as Guillaume Apollinaire predicted in 1903, it might be called “the Century of Speed.” Thanks to the increasing demand for deceleration, the preoccupation with speed has resurfaced, and is critically scrutinised both as a metaphor for the development of life itself and for concentrated situations full of energy. At the same time, while harnessing the optimism of modernism, speed is enthusiastically celebrated.

The works selected for the exhibition Catch Me! are about the sheer thrill of acceleration but also take a critically detached look at speed, whether via anachronistic deceleration, analysis or forceful extraction of an essence, thereby showing a sometimes downright paradoxical image of a race with life itself.

Gwenaël Bélanger, Christian Eisenberger, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Daniel Hafner, Carsten Höller, Erika Giovanna Klien, Lu Qing, Aleksandra Mir, Lisi Raskin, Ludwig Reutterer, Wilhelm Rösler, Ed Ruscha, Anri Sala, Roman Signer, Xavier Veilhan, Stella Weissenberg, Markus Wilfling…

Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow

The catalogue contains installation shots of the works on display and essays by Renata Salecl on the topic of fear as a driving force of speed and life itself, Andreas Broeckmann on the history of speed as a history of constant acceleration as well as warnings of impending disasters and by curator Katrin Bucher Trantow on the courage of analysing speed and life itself.
Publication date: 22th February, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, German / English, order:

Billy Roisz
brRRMMMWHEee – extended version

The trailer for this year’s Diagonale film festival is thematically connected with the Catch Me! exhibition – brRRMMMWHEee was created by Vienna-based experimental film and music performance artist Billy Roisz. It translates a frenzy of electrical signals into images and sounds. The extended version will be shown three-dimensionally in Space03 at the Kunsthaus Graz while the festival is on, from 16th-21st March.

Audio/video performance by Billy Roisz and dieb13
17th March, 7pm, Space03

The Dimension of Temporality in Markus Wilfling’s Work
Talk with Markus Wilfling, Werner Fenz, and Katrin Bucher Trantow

17th April, 4pm, Space01
In co-operation with contemporary art in graz – gallery days

Kunsthaus Jour Fixe 26: Need for speed?
A discussion on the topic of speed in everyday life with Barbara van Melle (Slow food Austria), Andrea Schurian (Der Standard) and others.
20th April, 7pm, Needle

Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet – les gens d’Uterpan
X-Event 2.4 according to the protocol Les courses

The finissage will be another final highlight of the show, this time with a performance by the Paris-based experimental dancers les gens d’Uterpan. The dancers will charge up and measure the exhibition space while stretching the limits of the expressive capabilities of their own bodies. The courses will be provoking the conditions for a new reflection on the works, the layout and the concept of the exhibition.
24th April, 7pm

Guided tours in English
Saturdays 2pm and by arrangement in English, Slovenian, Croatian, or French
Request: +43–316/8017-9200

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