< rotor >
Graz, Austria


< rotor > center for contemporary art

< rotor >'s programme starts from visual arts and focuses on artistic works that explicitly deal with the social, political, ecological and economic questions of the present day.

< rotor > presents contemporary art, provides essential content for discussion and communicates contemporary art to a broad public. As often as possible, the artists involved in the programme are enabled to produce new works.

Promoting cooperation and networked action are essential elements of the < rotor > philosophy. This concerns networking efforts within the art field but also means acting beyond the boundaries of art by involving people and organisations from different backgrounds in the programming.

The search for satisfactory methods of collaboration and possibilities of participation in artistic processes for the public in general or for specific target audiences is another main focus.

For < rotor >, the public space is an important setting to make art happen. Leaving the boundaries of the art space is used to actively bring people into contact with art and thus to expand the audience.

< rotor >’s premises are located in the Graz Annenviertel. In this neighbourhood, < rotor > is active in the long term to make urban transformations a subject and to make a constructive contribution to living together in an diverse urban district.

Since it was founded in 1999, < rotor > has maintained a dense network of organisations and artists in many European countries and beyond. Particularly strong ties have existed from the outset with Central and Southeastern Europe.

From a business point of view, < rotor > strives to follow the values of an economy for the common good: Human dignity, solidarity, ecological sustainability, social justice, democracy, participation & transparency.

Selected exhibitions:

Guerilla of Enlightenment. Four part exhibition series:

They shouldn’t be able to pretend they didn’t know anything

They won’t bear hiding behind walls and fences

We women* are going to insist on fighting for our rights

No society will emerge without commitment to diversity

Leave it in the ground, Ústí nad Labem House of Arts, Ústí nad Labem

Hotel Metropole: Giving Memory a Future, In cooperation with Wiener Festwochen, various locations, Vienna

Central & East Europe Calling, Artist-in-Residence Exchange Programme, 7 art institutions based in Central & Eastern European countries and 6 art institutions in Austria