What Remains

Strategies of saving and deleting

Visual arts

Seemingly infinite volumes of data are waiting to be discovered by the researchers of a distant future. But what will actually remain for them to read?


26/09 – 18/10

esc medien kunst labor
Tue – Sun 12.00 – 19.00 & by appointment

Admission free


20/10 – 27/11

esc medien kunst labor

Tue – Fri 14.00 – 19.00 & by appointment

Admission free

Opening Sat 26/09, 12.00 



Thu 08/10, 14.00 – 17.30

Credible fictions – deceptive realities


Artist talk

Thu 08/10, 19.00

Anti-fraud activism as artistic practice


With Kairus Collective (FI)

English language
Registration until Thu 01/10: esc@mur.at


With Kairus Collective – Linda Kronman (FI) & Andreas Zingerle (AT), Michaela Lakova (BG), La Société Anonyme (Dušan Barok, Danny van der Kleij, Aymeric Mansoux & Marloes de Valk) (NL) & Fränk Zimmer (AT/LU)

What will convey an appropriate image of our current culture in the distant future? When today’s data carriers are unearthed by archaeological excavations, it is doubtful whether the information they contain will be readable and understandable. Will scrapped hardware one day perhaps bear witness to us?

Our society produces vast quantities of data, that we can archive neither completely, nor permanently. Nevertheless, we are constantly feeding more and more information into ever new bodies of data. Metaphorical constructions such as the Cloud promise to make things easier, we seem to be transferring responsibility for storing our digital excesses to an endless space. In fact, innumerable IT centres are also constantly adding to CO2 emissions. One trait of current culture will not escape the notice of future researchers – information fetishism. But what exactly is it that we want to preserve? Why are we so obsessed with leaving behind evidence of our activity to future generations? “What Remains” sets out to look into these questions.

Co-produced by steirischer herbst, esc medien kunst labor & kunst@werk