“For Dorit Margreiter, debate about the preservation of late-modernist architecture provides the occasion for probing larger issues shaping our contemporary socio-cultural context: the legacy of the Modernist Movement; the ways that media representations of the built environment inform our collective imaginary; the consequences of the growing interdependence of architecture and spectacle culture.” (Excerpt from: Lynne Cooke, Description, Madrid 2011)
Dorit Margreiter produces installations, photographs, videos and films dealing with aspects of representation in gender, architecture and film. Her lecture will focus on two recent installations – “zentrum” (2004, ongoing) and “Pavilion” (2009)– which were both exhibited in 2011 as part of her solo show “Description” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. In the talk, the exhibition’s title, “Description” – which instead of offering a way into the show’s theme and content in a conventional manner, prefaced the show with an artistic strategy – will itself be reactivated as motif and artistic approach to her own practice.
Dorit Margreiter is an artist and, since 2006, professor for video and video installation at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Recent exhibitions include “Broken Sequence” at Stampa, Basel (2015), “Selftimer Stories” at MUSAC Léon (2015), “Stage Set Stage” at SBC Gallery Montreal (2014), “Performing Histories” at MoMA New York (2013), “Description” at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid (2011), “Pavilion” at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Austrian Pavilion (2009), “Poverty Housing. Americus, Georgia” (with Rebecca Baron) at MAK Vienna (2008), “Analog” at Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2006). She has received the “Otto Mauer Award” (2002) and the Award of the City of Vienna (2003).