Sightes Of Beauty In A Landscape Of Decay
Three towns of former industrial significance,
the steel-making town of Jesenice, Slovenia, the mining settlement
of Cave del Predil, Friuli-Julia-Venezia/Italy, and the market town
and community of Feistritz im Rosental, Carinthia/Austria, all located
close to each others' borders at the junction of the three countries,
are the setting for this inter-disciplinary art project. With six
examples of art in action in public spaces installations,
exhibitions and media projects the hidden attractions of
these apparently »ugly« places should be brought out
into the open, thus providing both the local population and visitors
from farther afield with new perspectives and fields of vision.
Our goal is to strengthen both the regional identity and the exchange
of cultural experience as well as to foster respect for »unsightliness«
as a surprisingly rich pool and reservoir of aesthetic expression.
Our attention is directed principally at those topics which
connect the three places with each other and which have already produced
remarkable analogies: architecture and erosion; day-to-day culture;
railway (history); regional museums; language minorities; water as
a provider of energy.
A separate art project has been dedicated to each of these six areas.