During the hot summer of 2009, in the middle of Europe and in the “eye of the storm” of the financial crisis, nine artists from Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia are gathering under the patronage of the Siemens_artLab hosted by hilger contemporary. The perfect time and place to reconsider one’s position in the small central-eastern European community, to check the level of crises in human relationships and to discover each others values. Following artists will be shown: Ana Adamovic, Ervin Babić, Vesna Bukovec, Lies Maculan, Michail Michailov, Sašo Sedlaček, Kosta Tonev, Mathias Winkler, Simon Veres. The curators are Alenka Gregorič, artistic director of the Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Maria Vassileva, chief curator of the Sofia City Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Alenka Gregorič states that “ curating, although already accepted as a common profession, is constantly subject of many debates especially when one starts to discuss power relations. When taking into consideration the relation artist - curator - institution - visitor one can discuss from a lot of different angles, depending on which "part" the speaker is playing. Most often discussed is the issue of acccepting (DAS IST EIN GANZ GRAVIERENDER FEHLER, DER TYPISCH FÜR ENLISCH LERNENDE IST, DA DIE WÖRTER FAST IDENTISCH KLINGEN ABER GEGENSÄZTLICHE BEDEUTUNGEN HABEN) and excluding artists - or rather (finde ich klingt fließender, würde es aber eher als stylistischen Fehler sehen) art works - into a show and what the methodologies and strategies behind this is”. Maria Vassileva is of the opinion “that recognition of the intertwinement of economics and art (Michail Michailov and Ervin Babić), the merging of “popular” and “high” art/culture (Simon Veres and Lies Maculan), usage of text (Ana Adamoviá and Kosta Tonev), globalization and disbelief (Sašo Sedlaček and Vesna Bukovac)” are “internal characteristics of contemporary art” . Furthermore, she thinks that ”the breakdown of traditional materials and employment of contemporary technologies is another point. Our selection mirrors all these circumstances which stand in our minds. This is also where the title of the show originates – partly from some particular art works, but mostly reflecting the whole situation in our world in the time of crises – financial and spiritual”.