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URBAN SUBJECTS
SABINE BITTER | HELMUT WEBER

Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber

Since 1993, Vancouver and Vienna based artists Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have worked on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space. Mainly working in the media of photography and video their research-oriented practice engages with specific moments and logics of the global-urban change as they take shape in neighborhoods, architecture, and everyday life. Since 2004 members of the cultural collective Urban Subjects US (Bitter/Derksen/Weber).
Recent projects and exhibitions include 2017: “STRETCHING THE BOUNDARIES”, FLUCA: Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; “Phantastischer Kapitalismus”, Gallery GPLcontemporary, Vienna; “As a text differs from a book, an image differs from an archive”, Mackey Garage Top, MAK Center Los Angeles; “The Vienna Model. Housing for the 21st Century City”, Museum of Vancouver; “Here & Elsewhere – Nothing to be done”, Sarajevo. 2016: “What is left?”, frei_raum Q21,MuseumsQuartier Vienna. 2015: “New Conjunctions and Intersections”, United Nations Headquarters, New York;“Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965-2015”, Teck Gallery, Vancouver; “Informal Paths”, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome. 2014: “Punctum”, Kunstverein Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria; “Archives, Re-Assemblances and Surveys”, Klovicevi dvori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia. 2013: “Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden”, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; “Front, Field, Line, Plane – Researching the Militant Image”, Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg; “Self Made Urbanism Rome”, NGBK Berlin; “The Vienna Model”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York. 2012: “TIME, PLACE, AND THE CAMERA: PHOTOGRAPHS AT WORK | Gjon Mili”, Kosova Art Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo; “Our Haus”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York; “Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade”, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; “Global Prayers”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; “Envisioning Buildings”, MAK, Vienna; “the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers”, Camera Austria, Graz; NGBK, Berlin. 2011: “We: Vancouver”, Vancouver Artgallery; “Communitas, The Unrepresentable Community”, Camera Austria, Graz.

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Urban Subjects

Urban Subjects is a cultural research collective formed in 2004 by Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, and Helmut Weber, based in Vancouver, Canada and Vienna, Austria. Together they develop interdisciplinary artistic projects focusing on global-urban issues, the texture of cities, and on civic imaginations. Urban Subjects do not work on a consensus model.
Amongst others, they have organized the exhibition Not Sheep: New Urban Enclosures and Commons at Artspeak, Vancouver, in 2006 and participated in the conference Contrapolis; or Creativity and Enclosures in the Cities at Poortgebouw and NAI, Rotterdam organized by Marina Vishmidt, Jan van Eyck Academy, in 2008.
They have collaborated with Vancouver Flying University on a public program regarding housing in Vancouver.
In 2009 they devised and edited the book Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade, with a previously unpublished manuscript by Lefebvre (Fillip/Sternberg Press, 2009) and collaboratively produced Momentarily: Learning from Mega-events (Western Front, 2011) with Bik Van der Pol and Alissa Firth-Eagland.
For WE: Vancouver at the Vancouver Art Gallery they wrote a manifesto concerning the historical endurance of the political imagination of revolution, a Manifesto for the Poetry of the Future, with geographer Neil Smith.
They worked on the project Filling the Weak Points regarding autogestion and “researching the militant image” in cooperation with Kunstraum of Leuphana University Lüneburg and as artists in residence at the Leuphana Arts Program in 2012/2013.
In 2014, they curated the exhibition The Militant Image – Picturing What Is Already Going On with Camera Austria, Graz, and conducted the workshop “Researching the Militant Image” as part of steirische herbst Academy 2014.
Currently they are working on the publication, The Militant Image Reader forthcoming in fall 2015 by Edition Camera Austria.
As part of their ongoing research on the urban affects of Olympics and Expos, Where the World Was: Cities After Global Mega-events, in July 2015, they will hold a research residency at the EXPO in Milano, Italy.

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