On 12 June 2006, as part of the ‘Kunst im Paternoster’ series of events, Irene Andessner created an interactive performance in the Haus der Industrie Wien (headquarters of the Federation of Austrian Industry). The concept was to reverse the patriarchal dominance of business life by temporarily renaming the building’s own paternoster ‘Maternoster’ (mater nostra), with a staging and presentation of four mythical maternal figures in the travelling lift compartments: Alma Mater, Mary of Nazareth, Mother Courage (Anna Fierling) and Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.
The guests at the event could step into the moving tableaux vivant compartments at any time. The four-hour performance was transmitted live on the Internet.
A shortened version of the four-hour video recording can be seen on http://www.iv-net.at/maternoster. Www (see link below). After the event a large-screen projection of the recording was set up in the foyer of the building.
Two-screen video installation, edition of 9
Live-stream web video, 44 mins
4x4 inch polaroids of the backstage shooting
C-prints, 24 motifs, edition of 5 + 25
Catalogue with DVD in process
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