Wolken lösen sich in Wasser

Visual arts / Meeting point / Performance / Architecture / Installation

German artist Ulla von Brandenburg creates a hybrid space for the coexistence of art and audience – a space that is sculpture, platform and stage in one.


Hall of Half-Life


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Dead or Alive


Happy Clothes Swapping


Here After There

Flash Forward


herbst exhibition


27/09 – 17/10

Porubsky Halle Leoben
Tue – Thu 16.00 – 21.00 & Fri – Sun 14.00 – 21.00

Admission free


Opening Sun 27/09, 14.00


By Ulla von Brandenburg (FR/DE)
Curated by Tessa Giblin (IE/NZ)

In collaboration with Lara Almarcegui (NL/ES), Stéphane Béna Hanly (IE), Simon Boudvin (FR), Regina de Miguel (ES), Mikala Dwyer (AU), Geoffrey Farmer (CA), Mikhail Karikis (GB/GR), Sam Keogh (IE) & Siebren de Haan (NL)


Live appearances by Márcio Carvalho (DE/PT), Mikala Dwyer (AU), Sam Keogh (IE), Gustav Troger (AT/US)

So 27/09, 14.30 & 18.00, Fr 09/10, 19.30


Porubsky Halle Leoben

Admission free

For the Porubsky Halle in Leoben, Ulla von Brandenburg creates an art work entitled “Wolken lösen sich in Wasser” – 
a sculpture, platform, stage, and exhibition in one. The German artist thus creates a place of many different forms that is to be seen as a stand-alone work and also as forging a link to the herbst exhibition “Hall of Half-Life” at the festival centre in Graz, integrating artworks from this show into the multifunctional setting. By dissolving imaginary borders between theatre and exhibition space, she creates an environment that visitors can use as an unusual stage and make their own.
During the festival, the installation will be a scene for numerous events that are on the one hand linked with the programme of steirischer herbst and, on the other, with the redesign of the Porubsky Halle.
The inhabitants of Leoben and a number of initiatives are invited to use “Wolken lösen sich in Wasser” as a think-tank, laboratory or stage. The artwork and the former factory thus become a meeting place where performances, symposia and discussions are held, where lectures, concerts, film screenings, a swapmeet, and a poetry slam take place. Welcome to a place that is constantly changing!

Commissioned by steirischer herbst

Ulla von Brandenburg (FR/DE)

Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, lives in Paris and works as an installation and performance artist. From 1995 to 2004 she studied stage design and visual art in Karlsruhe and Hamburg. Her early works were shown at a number of group exhibitions. Her first solo show “Ja. Auch Sie!” was staged in Hamburg in 2001. In the meantime her installations have been exhibited all over the world in over 15 countries, including Vienna (“Innen ist nicht außen”, 2013), Philadelphia (“The Way Things Are”, 2012) and Peking (“Memento Mori”, 2012). Von Brandenburg’s work focuses especially on mutimedia practices; she uses elements from film and literature specifically in order to demonstrate transience and to create uncertainty.

Tessa Giblin (IE/NZ)

Tessa Giblin was born in 1978 and is a New Zealand curator living and working in Dublin. Having graduated in fine art from the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts in Christchurch in 2001, from 2002 to 2004 she worked as the director of the urban installation project “Gridlocked”. Giblin curated her first exhibition in 2003 at the Jonathan Smart Gallery in Christchurch before working on the curatorial programme at the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam from 2004 to 2005. Tessa Giblin has been curator of visual art at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin since 2006. She is currently in the middle of planning the group exhibition “Riddle of the Burial Ground” as well as solo exhibitions by David Claerbout and Gretchen Bender.