Festival Center Steirischer Herbst
Every year since 1968, the contemporary art festival steirischer herbst occupies a different location in Graz, Austria, creating a campus-like situation with exhibition spaces, a festival center and a bar: moving around in the city, leaving a trail of transformation and change of perspective on sites or buildings previously connotated with different use and horizon. For the festival of 2014, steirischer herbst chose to reside in a baroque palais in an inner city block - which had exclusively been a police site inaccessible to the public. While the police now still houses functions such as a migration detention center and administration offices in other buildings of the block, the baroque Palais Wildenstein was detached from this functional entity to be temporarily rented out to steirischer herbst before searching for new tenants.
Task – Leitmotif “I prefer not to… share”
In an invited selection process, the Austrian collective Supersterz + .tmp architekten was chosen to realize their submitted idea of the festival center with outdoor space plus festival bar. Dealing with the former but still inherent function of police administration, having to impose an art festival into a paradox environment and trying to react to the leitmotif of the festival „I prefer not to… share“, they decided to transform this leitmotif and the controversial context of the festival center into a built gesture.