Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. (Herman Melville, Moby-Dick)
Water is the focus of Höhenrausch 2018. Amorphous, volatile, and fluid, water has always been a foreign element for those confined to the land: fascinating and unfathomable in its abstract beauty, but also rife with menace under its seemingly “smooth” surface. Infinitely boundless, life-giving, belonging to no one and following its own laws, water is at the same time a perilous liminal space and a nearly insurmountable boundary, at turns “barbarically” disconcerting and devastating.
More than 40 international artistic contributions show how contradictory the element of water can be for us: a place where we may run aground or set sail for new shores, a place of exchange or conquest and also a utopia. The orientation point is always the other shore, sometimes easy to reach, sometimes beyond the horizon in the endless distance.
The Höhenrausch circuit with its walkways, bridges and stairs, the various art spaces, attics, and the vast roof landscape high above Linz forms the atmospherically charged backdrop for this extraordinary art project.
curators: Elisabeth Schweeger, Martin Sturm, Genoveva Rückert