Run by Eva Engelbert, Marlene Hausegger and Maria Mäser, Atelierraum N.E.U. is in the basement level of a classic fin-de-siècle building diagonal to and across from the flak towers in Arenbergpark. The three politically and artistically engaged artists make the space available to other artistic and curatorial projects. The condition for starting activities in their space is that the project address the letters N, E, and U – the letters that give the space its name.
N: Neigung (tendency), Nabel (navel), NO-GO
E: emancipated, elaborate
U: unswerving, umackern (plough over)
Participants in the project “NO-GO” include artists Rita Vitorelli, Susanne Richter, Ben Pointeker, Female Obsession, Super Vero, Edin Zenun and Bernadette Anzengruber. Concieved by freelance curator Ursula Maria Probst, the exhibition raises questions about the “no-goes” of artistic life. Switch off, cancel, stay in bed? How do artists benefit from informal economies, from the resources of time and space in their work in society, from the intensive debates and updates on current art, or the promises and rhetorics of artistic liberties? Do exhibitions in studio spaces and project rooms hold transgressive potential for artistic production and reception?