Verena Roßbacher
The PHOTO ALBUM | Pictures of a trip, a literary view
Photography

6 October 2021 to 22 January 2022
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free admission
The general hygiene and protection regulations apply.
6 October 2021 to 22 January 2022
BTV Stadtforum Innsbruck

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free admission
The general hygiene and protection regulations apply.

Photography and literature. The fictionalization of a document. The current INN SITU project reflects the process of a transformation through narrative appropriation. The objective reproduction of streets, village views, landscapes – the stops along a journey – is transformed into the backdrop of a narrative. Supposedly silent, hundred-year-old, black-and-white prints of amateur quality suddenly become the spaces of imagination of three people with their yearnings, ideas and fates. The two-dimensional photographic representations of sights seen a thousand times turn into the stage of a love story.

© Thomas Schrott
© Thomas Schrott

The original visual material is ideal: a series of early photographs about which we know virtually nothing. Purchased in 2007 in an eBay auction by the library of the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum) and consisting of roughly 60 photographs of a trip from Munich to Tyrol. Two men and a woman visit selected sites in Tyrol and return home eight days later via Kufstein. The photos are taken in 1912; ten years later, one of the protagonists has a bookbinder turn the whole bundle into an elaborately bound album, which he gives to his wife as a memento of their first holiday together.
The identities of the three figures, what their family backgrounds or individual relationships to each other are – these things remain a mystery. A narrative void, at the same time a literary carte blanche for a writer of Verena Roßbacher’s calibre, whom we have commissioned to view the album as the point of departure for a picture story.

Two spaces – one transformation

In one room of the gallery we show the photographs from the album in the historical and scholarly context of an informative exhibition about the history of travel to Tyrol compiled from the collection of the museum library of the Ferdinandeum. In the other, the photos become elements of a literary-photographic road movie: an artistic amalgam of document and fiction and at the same time the contemplation of photography as an everyday cultural practice over the generations – from our great-grandparents’ day to the present.

Verena Roßbacher

© Joachim Gern

Born in Bludenz/Vorarlberg in 1979, grew up in Austria and Switzerland, studied philosophy, German philology, and theology for several semesters in Zurich before transferring to the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig. She teaches creative writing at the Swiss Institute for Literature in Biel.
“Ich war Diener im Hause Hobbs” is her third novel published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch following her debut “Verlangen nach Drachen” and “Schwätzen und Schlachten”. Verena Roßbacher lives and works in Berlin.

A cooperation with the library of the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. Curator and basic concept: Hans-Joachim Gögl, artistic director INN SITU. Creation of the companion exhibition: Roland Sila in collaboration with Iris Kathan library of the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. Video production: Thomas Osl. The author herself will be reading.

Tobias Steinberger and ensemble
THE PHOTO ALBUM
Music

The concert in resonance with the exhibition took place on Wednesday, October 6th and Thursday, October, 7th. It was designed by the Tyrolean percussionist Tobias Steinberger with his sextet SEPP, the fire dancer Antonia Steinberger and singer Anna Widauer.

For the INN SITU series we commission outstanding composers and musicians from Tyrol and Vorarlberg to develop a concert in response to the current exhibition. To this end, the internationally renowned Tyrolean percussionist, drummer, and frame drummer Tobias Steinberger has put together an eight-person collective. The ensemble, which includes a singer and a fire dancer, takes the audience on a spirited musical journey to the photographically documented places and people and their (hi)stories.

Tobias Steinberger

© LIZ AW VI

Is one of the top percussionists in Austria. He earned his bachelor’s degree in percussion at the Mozarteum Salzburg and studied jazz percussion at the Tyrolean State Conservatory as well as at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz.
Since 2011 he has devoted intensive study to hand percussion instruments from various cultures, for example the frame drum from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa and South India.
He plays concerts with the Freiburger Barockorchester, L’Arpeggiata, Concentus Musicus, Rolf Lislevand or Cecilia Bartoli, among others, and has performed all over the world, including at venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Kölner Philharmonie or at the Salzburg Festival.

Antonia Steinberger

© Antonia Steinberger

At the age of 16 she came in contact with the movement art of the women of the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. She practiced various disciplines ranging from dance to acrobatics before fully devoting herself to the art of fire dancing several years ago.

Anna Widauer

Ben Raneburger

Studied at the Tyrolean State Conservatory and directly afterwards at the Academy of Music in Basel. The singer and recipient of the BTV Youth Jazz Prize in 2014 interprets her own compositions as well as jazz standards.

SEPP

© Alisa Matern

“Here a vast field is cultivated. Here beds of the most diverse vegetation are tended: jazz and folk music from different regions, free improvisation and bound dance rhythms. True, this may not sound special at first – after all, we have been living with polystylism for decades – but I haven’t experienced a palette like this in a long time.” Albert Hosp, ORF Ö1

The sextet was founded by the Austrian clarinettist Christopher Haritzer:
Victoria Pfeil – soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, vocals, composition
Tomáš Novák – violin, lead vocals, composition
Lothar Beyschlag – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Tobias Steinberger – frame drums, percussion, vocals
Mahan Mirarab – acoustic double-neck guitar
Christopher Haritzer – clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, vocals, composition

 

THE PHOTO ALBUM
Dialogue

Jam session for author, art historian, librarian, drummer and clarinettist

New formats of exchange and reflection

The dramaturgical triad of the INN SITU series is rounded off with an experimental dialogue format. We invite experts from the fields of science, culture and music to respond to the exhibition. In doing so we experiment with new formats of reflection: Each of the speakers chooses a picture from the exhibition, which he or she then discusses with the other members of the panel. An open dialogue between various perspectives, with music and inspired by the exhibition.

Verena Roßbacher

© Joachim Gern

Writer and the author of the text on the pictures of the exhibition. Born in Bludenz, she currently lives and works in Berlin. Her most recent book, the novel “Ich war Diener im Hause Hobbs”, was published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

Roland Sila

© Roland Sila

Curated the companion exhibition to this project. He is head of the library of the Ferdinandeum and in addition works as an exhibition curator. Countless publications on mainly regional historical subjects. Most recently he curated the exhibition “Vergessen. Fragmente der Erinnerung” in 2019/20.

Ruth Horak

© Carline Heider

Is an art historian and curator with a special focus on conceptual photography and media reflexivity. She has published numerous texts in exhibition catalogues and magazines and curated exhibitions for Fotohof, Camera Austria, Krinzinger Projekte, AIL – Angewandte Innovation Lab, among others. She teaches at the School Friedl Kubelka for Artistic Photography and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Tobias Steinberger

© LIZ AW VI

Was put in charge of organising the concert for this INN SITU project. The Tyrol-born freelance musician is a frame drummer and percussionist who moves with virtuosity between the worlds of early music, world music and jazz.

Christopher Haritzer

© Georg

Is a clarinettist, accordionist (Steirische Harmonika), bass clarinettist and composer. With his ensemble SEPP, he combines contemporary European jazz with world music influences.

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