Guided tour by the curators

Toourism

Tue 09.04.2024, 17:30-18:30
many people on a street with signs in their hands

In summer 2023, protesters blocked the access tunnel to Hallstatt for 15 minutes to draw attention to the traffic congestion caused by mass tourism.
© Photograph: Friedrich Idam

Ever more people are travelling more frequently, further and for shorter. What is the impact of our holiday dreams on the built environment, the social fabric and climate change? And how can we envisage a kind of tourism that does not destroy what it lives from?

Tourism has brought an increase in value, prosperity and cosmopolitanism to even the most remote regions, thus preventing emigration. On the other side, there are negative effects, such as crowds of people, the impact on the environment, and rising land prices. Tourist hotspots suffer from the onslaught of visitors while other places are left behind. The exhibition sheds light on key aspects of tourism, such as mobility, city tourism, climate change, the privatisation of natural beauty and the change in accomodation typologies. Above all, however, the exhibition looks at the potential for transformation. Local and international examples present pioneering solutions. Numerous successesful examples stimulate the appetite for a type of holiday that is no longer exclusively based on consumption and the growth paradigm.

Curators: Karoline Mayer & Katharina Ritter, Az W
Assistence: Dina Unterfrauner
Exhibition architecture: ASAP, Ulrike Pitro & Florian Sammer
Exhibition graphics: LWZ & Manuel Radde