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too much, too soon!


too much, too soon! | 15 December 2018 – 17 January 2019

Opening: 14 December, 19.00 – 21.30

Project curators: Gülsen Bal and Walter Seidl

With Mustafa Akkaya, Tim Brennan, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Erkan Özgen, Milica Tomić, Lala Raščić, Christina Werner

In situ Performance: 14 December, 20.00

Fortress Europe #82 by Tim Brennan

Venue: Mekan 68

Neustiftgasse 68/1, 1070 Vienna

The exhibition too much, too soon! resonates with recent political history, which reflects diverse perspectives on issues of then and now in addressing a reality in which “there is no state in Europe” beyond its borders.In this conviction, can Europe really make it when one considers what is marked by both before and after 1989 where “the notion of the East should be understood as the product of Europe as ideology”?

What is interesting in this argument prevails in a deeper question concerning the so-called alternative left (meaning deprived) politics at the time when “democracy is suspended in the interest of European integration and the survival of the Eurozone” with the same token? Particularly by the disputable “trans-historical” claim on national prefixes as well as ‘sovereign’ nation states. So, what generates the emergence of necropolitical situations? And, what kind of changes are articulated in current artistic practices to create different forms of articulations?

This engages us with processes of returning to a lost “history” in critical dialogue where political developments overlap with unpredictable forces beyond “dialectical mediation.”Then, how is this reflected in the artistic production that is almost canonised, in which suppression becomes the way of their life and the prisons are almost their home while bedlam is their surroundings?

In this manner, the participant artists in too much, too soon! address when art ‘becomes’ art in its global appropriation with its sensitive momentous sovereignty within the current political situation globally as well as how it resituates truth of a world.


Supported by:

Stadtteilkultur, Interkulturalität und Internationale Angelegenheiten

Magistratsabteilung 7 – Bildende Kunst

ERSTE Foundation

In kind support by:

Manchester Metropolitan University


ARUCAD – Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design


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Open: Friday, Saturday 13.00 – 18.30 and viewing is available by appointment only for the rest of the weekdays.

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Open Space – Verein für ein neues Forum von Kunst und visueller Kultur aims to bring together diverse creative practices to encourage exchange and joint projects within its visual arts programme. Open Space, long established in Vienna, has maintained a distinctive creative agenda which offers new potentials in the field of contemporary art.



Aydan Murtezaoğlu, In Charge, 2009

Portfolio with 8 offset lithographs, 48,9 x 68,6 cm (x 7) and 68,6 x 48,9 cm (x 1)

Courtesy of Edition Block