Jo´burg Now!

Construction Site South Africa

Thu 05.08.2004 – Mon 27.09.2004
Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster: Jo´burg Now!
© Architekturzentrum Wien, graphic design: LIGA: graphic design

The South African system of apartheid, and with it the white ascendancy, came to an end in the first free elections, held in 1994 under President Nelson Mandela. 10 years later South Africa is on the difficult path towards democracy in a multi-ethnic state.

The exhibition Jo´burg Now at the Architekturzentrum Wien takes a look at the metropolis of Johannesburg, which can be seen as a microcosm of the whole country, also as an illustration of a kaleidoscope comprising the past and the future.

One part of the exhibition, previously shown at the 5th Architecture Biennial in Sao Paolo in 2003 by a local team of architects, presents the development of the city along with its peculiarities and its contradictions. A detailed portrait of the exciting history of Johannesburg is provided on large scale panels, photo-essays and documents.

The second part of the exhibition shows two projects recently completed in Johannesburg by the department for housing and design at Vienna University of Technology. Under the guidance of the architects Peter Fattinger, Sabine Gretner and Franziska Orso, 25 architecture students have developed two social projects for the Orange Farm township on the Johannesburg periphery. The students built both buildings with their own hands during a five-week stay.

The building process is documented on numerous video clips and sequences of photographs, providing an insight into Orange Farm township. An installation by the participating students in the Az W courtyard clearly shows the inequality in the living conditions of the black and the white inhabitants of Johannesburg.


Welcoming Speech: Dietmar Steiner, Director Az W
Brief statements about the exhibition and the projects:

Henning Rasmuss, Architect Johannesburg
Peter Fattinger, the housing and design department, Vienna University of Technology

Following the opening:

Panel Discussion

Franziska Orso, the housing and design department, Vienna University of Technology
Sabine Gretner, the housing and design department, Vienna University of Technology
Peter Fattinger, the housing and design department, Vienna University of Technology
Michelle Riedmatten, participating student, Vienna University of Technology
Thorsten Deckler, Architect Johannesburg
Anne Graupner, Architect, Johannesburg
Henning Rasmuss, Architect, Johannesburg
Presenter: Christoph Chorherr, club chairperson of Die Grünen (The Greens), Vienna

Opening of the exhibition: Alfred T. Moleah, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Austria
Guest of honour: Peter Sellars

Concept Jo´burg Now!: Thorsten Deckler, Anne Graupner, Henning Rasmuss
Concept Orange Farm: Peter Fattinger, Franziska Orso
Projectcoordination Az W: Caroline Kufferath, Alexandra Viehhauser

Patrons of the exhibition:
South African Embassy
Helmut Zilk Fund for International Relationships
Schnauer Raumzellenbau GmbH

Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr
Bundeskanzleramt Sektion Kunst
Wien Kultur
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur

A few views of the exhibition “Jo’burg Now!” in the Az W´s Old Hall.

The exhibition - pic 01
The exhibition - pic 01
© Pez Hejduk
The exhibition - pic 02
The exhibition - pic 02
© Pez Hejduk
The exhibition - pic 03
The exhibition - pic 03
© Pez Hejduk
The exhibition - pic 04
The exhibition - pic 04
© Pez Hejduk