We are living in strange times as all around us our relationships with our diverse environments change, and must change. We are already used to calling this change ‘climate change’. But have we already understood what this really means? The experimental project Passenger Diaries keeps a diary of a journey into another life in the close neighborhood – life that is as personal as it is oriented towards the environment, urban and suburban spaces. To enter this close range is itself the passage we seek. The researchers turn collectively into The Passenger, inspired by Iggy Pop’s mythical song and understood as a ‘cloud’, a ‘state of mind and body’, with pronouns they, them and theirs.
The Passenger will share diary entries that tell of cruising through ‘trans-urban spaces’ and newly discovered psychogeographies. In particular, the colour green and how it can be found along Vienna's railings will be explored in the form of contributions by invited guests and experts from the fields of architecture, visual arts, heritage conservation, media theory and curatorial practice:
To this end, Heinrich Büchel draws on a green board spatially structural about ‘everything inside, everything outside - because what is inside is outside’, Thomas Feuerstein talks about green unicorns in paradisiacal gardens and how he finally married a plant, Jens Hauser introduces the practice of ‘hunting for green’ and discovers this very colour to be particularly anthropocentric, Robert Linke deconstructs the myth of the so-called ‘Otto Wagner green’ using the example of Vienna’s city railway, while Judith Reichart asks how red-green color blindness has an impact on art and design production and perception.
Salonnières: Mariella Greil, Lucie Strecker, KT Zakravsky
Contributors: Heinrich Büchel, Thomas Feuerstein, Jens Hauser, Robert Linke, Judith Reichart
Design consultancy: Daniel Büchel
Teatime provision: Alexander Afrough
All images: Lea Fabienna Dörl