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Stella Rollig in conversation with Laurids Ortner

Sonntag, 18. November 2007

On the Art of Building?
Or of Building Art?

Vienna around 1970 – that is the time of new beginnings that is recalled to mind in the exhibition HAUS-RUCKER-CO LIVE again and reflected on from today's perspective. As founding member of the visionary, radical, actionist artist-architect group and "starting pretty radically from the situation", there was much that Laurids Ortner wanted to do "differently" from what had then become established in architecture, urban planning, art and society. Being able to move freely between fine art and architecture was the precondition for this.

Nearly four decades later, after many striking stations in the work of Laurids Ortner: following actions and exhibitions, temporary objects in urban space – including the scandalized Nike in Linz – by HAUS-RUCKER-CO, following numerous buildings by the firm of Ortner & Ortner Building Art realized internationally (including in Berlin: Leipziger Platz Carre, ARD Capital City Studios; Vienna: Museum Quarter, currently: Wien Mitte) – a conversation as a review and as a diagnosis of the current times.

Studied architecture at the Technical University Vienna.
1967 co-founder of the architect and artist group HAUS-RUCKER-CO in Vienna.
From 1970–87 Atelier HAUS-RUCKER-CO in Düsseldorf with Günter Zamp Kelp and Manfred Ortner.
1976–87 Professor at the University of Artistic and Industrial Design in Linz.
Since 1987 Professor for Building Art at the State Art Academy Düsseldorf.

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