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OK | LABOR: Tsunami Architecture

March 14th 2012, 04:00 PM – April 29th 2012, 09:00 PM
Venue: OK Offenes Kulturhaus

Symposium "emergency architecture" - Architektur im Katastrophenfall
20. April. 2012, 14.00 Uhr
AFO Architekturforum OÖ

Starting from the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the Swiss artist Christoph Draeger and the Austrian artist Heidrun Holzfeind investigate the massive impacts. International attention for the tidal wave triggered by an earthquake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale and one of the largest natural disasters in history has long since dissipated, and yet the reconstruction work along the coasts affected is nowhere near finished.

During a journey to the five countries most affected, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and south-east India, the artists documented the current state of buildings and villages in photos and video, conducted interviews with survivors, eye witnesses, aid workers and rescue teams, and also collected home videos and found footage. The results of their investigations are presented in an exhibition (in a video installation, slide projections and a photo series) and accompanied by a symposium on 20 April at the AFO Architecture Forum Upper Austria on disaster architecture (as part of the broader thematic complex Social Architecture).