"Mi. 7. Nov. 2012 ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien", a 540 x 240 cm triptych by the Austrian artist Katharina Struber, will be exhibited in the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) broadcasting studio beginning September 18, 2019, in celebration of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra’s fiftieth anniversary.
The exhibition is available for viewing daily from September 19, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the foyer of the ORF Funkhaus.
The curator, Margit Zuckriegl, writes: “Katharina Struber’s photographic tableau illustrates this vulnerable balance between the individuals and the tangible energy of their collective action.” Only rarely is the extent of an orchestra’s existence in the charged field between personality and collective so remarkably clear.
The day that Katharina Struber filmed the Vienna RSO, they were rehearsing American avant-garde composer John Cage’s Quartets I-VIII. In Cage’s work, too, the connection between the autonomy of the individual and the effectiveness of the whole is a defining theme. With the help of chance operations, he attempted to free artistic decisions from the influence of personal taste, and thereby embark upon uncharted musical territory. This is what Katharina Struber has captured. On a random basis, she designated sixty-four excerpts from Mi. 7. Nov. 2012 ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien—snapshots of the whole, which nonetheless display the triptych’s compositional principle.