Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Katarzyna Kozyra

The Fasçade Concert

The Fasçade Concert

Katarzyna Kozyra. The Fasçade Concert, 2005.

Held on July 7, 2005, Fassadenconcerto ("Façade Concert" or "The Concert on the Façade") was part of the opening of the "Impossible Theatre" exhibition at Vienna's Kunsthalle, located in Museum Square of the city's Museumsqartier district. Every hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with an intermission from 2 to 4 p.m.), a blue-striped booth emerged from the portico of the former royal stables at the height of the first floor. The Maestro would lead Kozyra out of the booth, and the artist, wearing a different dress almost every time (designs inspired by the geometric patterns of Oskar Schlemmer), would perform the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Despite being conducted by the Maestro, Kozyra's performances varied widely in quality. The concerts were "attended" by tourists either on their way to visit nearby museums or relaxing in the cafes located on the square. The intentional imprecision of the performances at once emphasized and subverted the event's mechanical, cuckoo clock logic. The aria sounded different each time, the costumes seemed intentionally "imperfect" and the "cuckoo" never emerged from the building on the hour. In this project, the artist freely sampled and mingled elements from various poetics and realities.


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