Netbase in the Museumsquartier
censorship in the run-up/during the preparations to
On June 28-30, the official opening of the Museumsquartier
will be celebrated in a spectacular 3-day-show. Apart
from the focus on media and politics, this huge arena
for art caters to the tastes of the broad masses. Konrad
Becker and Martin Wassermair, director and manager of
the Public Netbase, sharply criticize this concept:
"The decision to organize the opening as a cultural
picnic indicates the formation of a centre of comfort.
But arts and culture must be neither comfortable nor
However, their point of view is not exactly cherished
by the Museumsquartier holding. Recently Wolfgang Waldner,
manager of the Museumsquartier, even rejected their
request to put up an artistic media installation on
the prominent forecourt during the Museumsquartier's
opening. Now they have no choice but to place the installation
in a peripheral area. Before this, a list of participating
artists had to be disclosed to the Museumsquartier.
For Public Netbase, this "a reduction of autonomy
and a sort of structural censorship."
The Museumsquartier's reservations against Public Netbase
seem to indicate their fear that the critical institution
might disturb the harmony of the grand opening just
at the moment when members of the austrian right wing
government start to sing the song of praise for the
big cultural project. There are also rumours that even
Jörg Haider will not let the opportunity pass to
take part in the official opening. Accordingly, the
level of nervousness is rapidly rising throughout the
Museumsquartier with one month still to go.