Art, climate and space research

The mobile pavilion plays a central role in the second edition of the SHOWING STYRIA once again. While in 2021 it presented a panorama of diversity, using art and research to open up a new view of Styrian cultural landscapes, in 2023 it spans the arc from the regional to the outer space; it raises awareness of what surrounds us and what we take for granted: Atmospheres.

Mankind is at a point where many things have to change. Looking up at the sky has always been linked to the question of where humans are located in the world - where we come from, who we are, and where we are going. With art, climate and space research, the exhibition in the pavilion opens up new and unexpected perspectives.

Who are we in relation to nature, to the diversity of life? If we do not achieve the climate targets, there is a threat of increasing loss of life-friendly spaces on earth and at the same time landscapes will continue to be overused, polluted or destroyed - this is also shown by the new Styrian Climate Atlas 2023.


Young art and latest research

The exhibition in the pavilion shows young art and the latest research on atmospheres and asks about life-friendly conditions in times of climate change. The atmosphere is the vulnerable shell of the Earth, whose emergence has made the complex diversity of life possible in the first place. Its exploration on earth as well as on exoplanets in space poses the question of the uniqueness of life and sheds light on the fundamental conditions for life.

The leap from here to the cosmos and back, in the responsibility for life on earth, for the quality of living spaces and opportunities, forms the ambitious framework of this exhibition: it forges unusual alliances to gain new perspectives on familiar and pressing fields of action.

On the one hand, the pavilion offers a projection space in which video-space-sound installations can be seen on the walls and on the floor. On the other hand, it serves as an information carrier, for example by displaying the Styrian Climate Atlas 2023. In addition, it also carries out art projects with children. In the digital space, the exhibition contents are deepened.

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Idea and realization: Alexander Kada (Kadadesign/Kadaconcept)

Curator: Astrid Kury

Mobile Pavilion Vienna:
Opening: 22.03.2023, 6 p.m., Duration: 23.03.–03.04.2023
Opening hours: 23.03.2023, 12 a.m.–6 p.m., 24.03.–03.04.2023, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 

Animal World Herberstein:
Opening: 29.04.2023, 11 a.m., Duration: 29.04.–05.11.2023.

Visit in New York:
Opening 13.11.2023, Duration: 14.11.2023-7.01.2024

Concept and realisation

Idea, concept, design: Alexander Kada (Kadadesign/Kadaconcept)

Architectural planning, civil engineering services: Gerhard Mitterberger

Idea and curation of the exhibition: Astrid Kury

Curatorial assistance: Birgit Prack

Curatorial advice: Sebastian Höglinger and Peter Schernhuber (Artistic Directors of the Diagonale, festival of Austrian film), Thomas Macho (Director of the International Research Centre Cultural Sciences, Linz Art University in Vienna), Lea Titz (visual artist), Thomas D. Trummer (Head of the Kunsthaus Bregenz)

Exhibition design print: Kadadesign Kadaconcept (Alexander Kada, Katharina Zvetolec, Laura Eibeck)

Exhibition design film: HENX OG: Nils Kaltschmidt, Markus Seereiter, Ines Abraham, Manuel Fresser, Lukas Hasiba, Valerie Huber, Florian Jaritz, Daniel Leichinger, Katharina Mundigler, Aaron Nossek, Tristan Ruschka, Martin Schneider, Stephi Schreiber, Lena Schrick, Vincent Seidl, David Valentek

Animation ‘Climate Atlas Styria’: Unter freiem Himmel OG

Exhibition technology: Mit Loidl oder Co

Exhibition construction and light: Scherrer Audio

Exhibition construction, info pillars, light installation: Raunjak Intermedias

Sound concept: Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, Graz Art University

Cooperation with

Theme Space Research

Space Research Institute at the Austrian Academy of Sciences:
Graz Medical University, Diagnostics and Research Institute for Hygiene, Microbiology and Environmental Medicine of the Graz Medical University
Graz University, Competence Centre for Space Law and Space Policies
International Research Centre Cultural Sciences, Linz Art University in Vienna

Theme Climate Change:

Office of the Styrian Federal Government, Department 17 for Federal and Regional Development, Department of Statistics and Geoinformation
Office of the Styrian Federal Government, Department 15 for Energy, Housing Technology
GeoSphere Austria – Federal Institute for Geology, Geophysics, Climatology and Meteorology
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at Graz University
Institute for Geography and Space Research at Graz University
Office of the Styrian Federal Government, Department 10 for Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Federal Forestry Direction
Office of the Styrian Federal Government, Department 3 for Constitutional and Internal Affairs, Styrian Federal Archive
City of Graz / Working Group KIS / City Surveying Office
City of Graz / Working Group KIS / City Planning Office
City of Graz / Working Group KIS / Environmental Office
City of Graz / Working Group KIS
BEV – Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying
AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies

Facts and Figures

External measurements: 35 m long, 20 m wide, 8 m high
Pavilion surface area: 700 m²
Projection area in total: 200 m²
8 columns as purveyors of information: printed and lit from behind


Impressions of the mobile pavilion

„We are pleased to support the mobile pavilion at this year's SHOWING STYRIA with our companies voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl and voestalpine BÖHLER Aerospace in Kapfenberg as well as voestalpine BÖHLER Bleche in Mürzzuschlag. With this commitment, we as an internationally active steel and technology group are once again demonstrating our connectedness with the province of Styria. Together with our employees, we work every day at our Styrian sites on the production and development of forward-looking technologies which are used, for example, in the aerospace industry worldwide. With our new state-of-the-art special steel plant in Kapfenberg, we are also setting high standards in terms of digitalization and environment, thus making a further significant contribution to value creation in the region.“

Franz Rotter, Head of High Performance Metals Division at voestalpine AG