Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Un_formal Housing #1 (detail), 2018, Fotogramm, 40.5 x 30.4 cm, 2018

Die Preise der Stadt Wien 2019

Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Un_Formal Housing, 2018. Exhibition view, Gallery ARCC Vienna.

Congratulations to the SCA's Sabne Bitter and her longtime collaborator Helmut Weber for winning the 2019 Visual Art Award from the City of Vienna for Un_Formal Housing, a project they presented at Galerie A.R.C.C. (June 20 – July 27, 2018) as part of the Walter Seidl curated group exhibition, Stadtgeflechte / City Fabrics.

On their website, Bitter and Weber describe their work as "a series of six photograms and six architectural working-models which refer to Adolf Loos’ sketch of the “One-Wall House”, which he devised in response the Viennese “Settler movement” in the beginning of the 1920s."

Here's the full press release from Artmagazine (translated via Google), which also lists all of the other prize winners in the other categories:  

Since 1993, Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have dealt with the effects of political action on urban spaces and architecture. Most recently, in 2018, the two were involved in a project called "Un_formal Housing" about a well-known housing project of the Red Vienna based on Adolf Loos' concept "House with a Wall" in the gallery A.R.C.C. Art (now Gallery Rudolf Leeb). Go here for our coverage. For this intensive discussion, the artist duo receives the prize of 10,000 euros from the city of Vienna in the field of visual arts.

The award in the category Architecture will be given to next ENTERprise Architects, who already have a number of different awards. Et al They have already received the award for Architecture of the Province of Lower Austria in 2018 for the "Cloud Tower" in the Schlosspark Grafenegg and the Hans Hollein Art Prize for Architecture 2017.

The other categories and their winners are:
Music: Christina Nemec
Literature: Mag.a Sabine Gruber
Journalism: Dr. Evelyne Adunka
Humanities, Cultural Studies, Social Sciences and Law: Univ.-Prof.in Ing.in Dr.in Verena Winiwarter
Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Technology: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Ulrike Diebold
Medical Sciences: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Siegfried Kasper
Education: Petra Unger, MA

Find out more about Bitter and Weber and their collaborative work here, and find out more about their work together with Jeff Derksen as the "cultural research collective" Urban Subjects here.

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