25 July – 5 August 2016
Goodbye Wittgenstein is an international exchange programme between artists and academics from qujOchÖ in Linz, Austria and artists selected by A3 Project Space in partnership with BOM (Birmingham Open Media), UK.
Participants in the programme take the relationship between the Austrian born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and David Hume Pinsent from Birmingham as a starting point for a series of projects that will happen in Linz and Birmingham during 2016. The projects respond to Wittgenstein’s early text ‘Notes on Logic’ which was dictated by Wittgenstein in 1913 during a visit to see David in Birmingham. ‘Notes in Logic’ is notably the predecessor of what is considered to be one of the most important philosophical texts of the 20th Century, ‘Tractatus Logico Philosophicus’.
The first phase of the Goodbye Wittgenstein programme is a visit to Birmingham from qujOchÖ artists Verena Henetmayr, Thomas Philipp and Andre Zogholy who will be in residence at BOM from 25 July to 5 August 2016. Using BOM as their base they will be enacting and documenting a series of public interventions at places that are connected to the life of Wittgenstein and Pinsent, including; Town Hall Birmingham and the original sites of Selly Wick House, the family home of the Pinsents on Lordswood Road in Harborne and the Berlitz School of Language on Paradise Street where Wittgenstein dictated “Notes on Logic” to a German speaking stenographer.
The residency includes public events at BOM on 28 July and 4 August and will culminate in a presentation of their interventions at Stryx as part of Digbeth First Friday, 5 August.
Wittgenstein and the Linz / Birmingham connection
28 July, 6.30 pm
Artists Verena Henetmayr, Thomas Philipp and Andre Zogholy from qujOchÖ
who are participating in the Goodbye Wittgenstein international exchange will talk about the development of their projects.
Writer Mike Johnston has written extensively about Wittgenstein’s relationship with Birmingham and will talk about his visits to see Pinsent between1912-13. Along with artists Emily Warner and Trevor Pitt, they will talk about the projects they are developing for their forthcoming residencies at Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz in November 2016.
Clayton Shaw will talk about a set of placements run by SAMPAD that took place at Ars Electronica Festival, Linz for artists and practitioners working with young people who have a desire to enhance their skills and knowledge of the use of digital products and technology within their work.
Darryl Georgiou will talk about working at the Futurelab as part of his artist residency at the Ars Electronica centre in Linz, Austria during July - September 2014.
The presentations will be followed by the chance to informally network and build more connections between Birmingham and Linz.
Logic, Love & Kaiserschmarrn
4 August, 7.00 pm
qujOchÖ will talk about their work at the interfaces of art, politics, society, technology and science. They will show what it feels like to enter a wellness zone together with the famous French philosopher Michel Foucault, how to burn 21 million pounds on a Brazilian beach and why almost no one in Austria knows anything about ‘Sound of Music‘. Moreover they will serve super sweet Austrian Kaiserschmarrn & Zwetschkenknödel to the audience.
Goodbye Wittgenstein, qujOchÖ
5 August, 6.00 pm as part of Digbeth First Friday
Artists Verena Henetmayr, Thomas Philipp and Andre Zogholy from Linz, Austria will present outcomes of their residency at BOM including traces of their interventions in public spaces in Birmingham connected to the relationship between Ludwig Wittgenstein and his close friend from Birmingham, David Pinsent.
Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum London, The Austrian Federal Chancellery - Arts and Culture Division, The State of Upper Austria,The City of Linz, A3 Project Space, BOM (Birmingham Open Media) and Stryx.