Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA)

How to become an Island

Curation: Ruth Schnell and Tommy Schneider

Eröffnung: 13.04.2023, 19:00 (The artists will be present)
Ausstellungsdauer: 14.04.2023 - 16.05.2023
Öffnungszeiten: 10:00 - 20:00
Ort: Schauraum Angewandte - quartier 21 im MQ, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien


Little Ringed Plovers are masters of camouflage. Are you able to spot the nest? Stereogram: DTAFA

What would it mean to provide our bodies to the survival and needs of another species?

Hovering between distant curiosity and radical affection the Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA) opened their bodies and hearts to a small Danubian bird species: the Little Ringed Plover.

For decades the Danubian river banks were shaped for the needs of humans alone. The loss of habitats made the birds’ population decline. By proposing to provide your body parts as breeding ground to the bird, DTAFA asks which role the individual could take in an age of man-made ecological change.

Put on some gravel, take a sip of the Bird Island Ice Tea and remain still as long as you can!

A series of physical and mental training units will give visitors a taste of what it takes to become an island and give all you have to a single bird species.

The Danube Transformation Agency for Agency / DTAFA (Solmaz Farhang, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Ege Kökel, Lena Violetta Leitner, Andrea Palašti) formed in 2020 as an international collective of five female artists and designers. DTAFA’s practices and projects move between ecology, technology and activism with the aim to explore and enable more equitable ways of living together.

Funded by Bezirk Neubau (cultural funding budget) and by the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


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