RELEASE, April 11, 2000
::Notice Served to Public Netbase
in the Museumsquartier.
Netbase has been notified that the lease for its premesis
in the Museumsquartier will be terminated. This action
threatens to bring an end to the internationally successful
achievements of one of Europe's most respected media-culture
is because, in Austria, the clock ticks with a different
beat. In Europe, development and expertise in the field
of new media receives a broad base of support. But here
in Austria, Public Netbase - a successful model of expertise,
skill and mediation - is nearly at its end after years
of successful work and achievement; after serving as
a provider in 1, 200 important art and cultural projects.
step taken by the Museumsquartier Errichtungs- und Betriebsges.m.b.H
threatens any further development of an important, innovative
cultural center in Vienna. Moreover, it confirms all
of the fears and criticism that have been expressed
about the Museumsquartier since its own beginning.
cultural policy and administration obviously has no
interest in creating or securing conditions for free
and active cultural activities and development. Despite
- or perhaps even because of ? - the indisputable international,
and even national, recognition of Public Netbase, the
existence of all organisations like ours is under serious
::FACTS REGARDING THE NOTIFICATION
OF TERMINATION OF THE PUBLIC NETBASE LEASE
1994, Public Netbase in the Museumsquartier has developed
from a small, active cultural project into one of Europe's
most respected media-culture institutions.
in a tight Austrian and European network, Public Netbase
focuses on work that lies on the cutting edge of technology
and art. This is shown through our successful activities,
projects and events in the Museumsquartier as well as
throughout Europe - such as the New Media Projects of
the cultural capital Brussels 2000.
several years of discussions with the Museumsquartier
Errichtungs- und Betriebsgesm.b.H., Public Netbase was
planned as an essential and integral part of the new
Museumsquartier. After extensive negotiations, not only
was the presence of Public Netbase secured, but so was
the substantial expansion and development of new media.
the summer of 1999, we had to accept with great regret
that even though it already had been financed, our Media-Space
in the Museumquartier's Oval Hall H would be replaced
by the presentation of a model of the Museumsquartier.
Our efforts to find a new solution were not successful
- and have so far resulted in material damages totalling
6 million Austrian schillings.
substantial proposals made by Public Netbase to the
Museumsquartier - based on the skill and expertise of
Public Netbase - no productive solution could be reached.
ENDANGERING THE FUTURE
April 5, 2000, the existence of Public Netbase in the
Museumsquartier was thrown into chaos with the serving
of the lease termination notice. We learned from the
notice that the Prekarium (lease) would be cancelled
as of April 2001. In addition to this, renovations inside
the Museumsquartier would begin in the summer of 2000
- meaning that Public Netbase work would be severely
disrupted long before our lease ended.
the notice of termination does not propose any substitute
premesis for Public Netbase, nor a date for returning
to the original one, we must believe that through the
pretext of "necessary renovations", one of the most
successful and valued cultural institutions will lose
the base of its existence.