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12.09.11 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, SCI-Arc
Peter Noever: Contemporary Art Territory '21

Peter Noever
Studio Peter Noever/Vienna
Friday, December 9, 7pm
Welcoming Reception: 6pm

Contemporary Art Territory ’21
A Radically New Strategy for Up-to-Date Art Institutions—Los Angeles/Guangzhou/Vienna
Intro by Eric Owen Moss

A new museum, an up-to-date art institution – what are the requirements? Noever's special lecture at SCI-Arc will focus on his perception for the initiative of a new art institution focussing on the cultural heritage of tomorrow. His presentation will focus on a new content/a philosophy for up-to-date art institutions: "there is no contemporary architecture without the contemporary."

CAT 21's purpose is not to position art as the passive object of the viewer's gaze, but rather to actively produce it and put it into action on site. Both the production and the presentation of the artworks will be publicly accessible, making CAT 21 into a catalyst of immediate dialogue between the artists, architects, designers and the art public.

Peter Noever, Designer. 1986—2010 CEO and Artistic Director of the MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Arts), Vienna. 1988—1993 Artistic supervision for the restoration and construction work of the MAK, Vienna. 1994 founding of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. 1975—1993 teaches Design Analysis at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. 1996 chief curator for the Austrian contribution to the Triennale, Milan. 1994, juror for design at the Academy Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart. 1982—1994 publisher and editor-in-chief of UMRISS, a magazine for architecture. 1988—1989 guest professor for Museology at the Universities of Applied Arts, Vienna. Numerous guest lectures, including at the Technical Universities of Vienna, Graz, Zagreb, Prag, Havana and Moscow, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, San Diego, Ball State University, Munice/Indiana and SCI-Arc. Various media activities. Numerous books and articles on art, design and architecture. Various architectural projects, including design of the MAK terrace, 1989; most recently “CAT — Contemporary Art Tower”, together with Sepp Müller and Michael Embacher. Curator and exhibition designer in Austria and abroad. Numerous product designs. Consultant on basic planning, including in Havana (with Carl Pruscha) for the Cuban Ministry of Culture. Awards include Pan's Prize, Frankfurt 1991; Museum of the Year Award 1996, Council of Europe, Strasbourg; Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and the Arts, Vienna; exhibitions of his own architecture and design works in Europe and the USA. Lives and works in Vienna.