Shopping Welt 

Group exhibition with Jürgen Bauer, Renate Egger, Monika Groser, Ursula Groser/June Lin, Haki, Julia Hitthaler, Jones,
Susanne Kircher-Liner, Ruth Murphy, Güni Noggler, Miriam und Peter Raneburger, Doris Scharfetter-Vogelsberger
Opening: Friday, June 10, 19:00

The city of Schwaz is undergoing significant changes. Right near the old city center, a large swath of land has been transformed into a construction site that will soon be filled by a new shopping center.

Group exhibition focusing on Schwaz/Tirol
Opening: Friday, June 10, 19:00

The city of Schwaz is undergoing significant changes. Right near the old city center, a large swath of land has been transformed into a construction site that will soon be filled by a new shopping center. “Shopping-worlds” are intended to create an attractive place for mass consumerism. The history of these shopping zones, can be traced back to the mid-1950s first in the USA and soon thereafter on the periphery of many European cities. Since the 1990s, however, they have increasingly moved to the city center itself. Many rural communities have come to see such shopping centers as the key to saving the otherwise weak infrastructure. Shopping malls as “tertiary areas” are centers of communication but only as a kind of ostensible public sphere, where the preconditions for urban culture of openness, heterogeneity and freedom of choice are no longer present.
By now, numerous contemporary artists have made these socio-cultural transformations, both on an everyday and a more global level, into the topic of their work. The exhibition Shopping Welt looks more closely at the influences that have led to these changes in the shape of the city, with both international and regional positions highlighting the many different possible perspectives.
The exhibition will especially focus on local artists. Suggested projects and documentation should be sent to the Stadtgalerie. The selection will be made by a jury. Deadline for applications is the end of March 2011.