The photo production STAGED ENSEMBLE Vienna(by artist Lukas Hüller) unites Austrian actors for a peaceful coexistence without hatred and exclusion. The art project was launched in 2019 and could not be completed until 2021 due to the pandemic and now makes it even more clear how numerous, equally essential and socially relevant topics have been very much forgotten as a result of COVID-19. It is high time that attention and especially media attention was finally given again!
80 protagonists from the acting scene met on several shooting days from 2019 to 2020 in the Theater in der Josefstadt to set an example with their participation in STAGED ENSEMBLE. The Viennese photo artist Lukas M. Hüller created an alleged snapshot with pointed details from countless individual photos.
Thanks to the commitment of Maria Köstlinger, Hilde Dalik, Juergen Maurer and Michael Ostrowski, many colleagues contributed to the cause. The project was produced by KAMAMA OG Vienna, supported by partners – the net proceeds from image sales at an auction in front of an audience (!) will benefit the Chong association, an association for theater, performance and social engagement to promote artistic identity and integration. The picture is to be presented in a cooperation event “back to Normalzeit (aka: normal time)” – after the formative, last few months, this is intended to draw attention again to peaceful, social coexistence.
A STATEMENT FOR INTEGRATION
The Austrian artist Lukas M. Hüller has specialized in staged photography. For the integration house he asked Austria’s music scene to take a gigapixel group picture in the Anzengruber Café, which is very popular among artists.
Big names in the scene such as Harri Stojka and Conchita are among the 60 musicians who took part in the cross-generational project “The Staged Band” – according to Lukas M. Hüller, it stands “as a symbol for Integration and against hatred ”. A time-consuming shoot as well as hundreds of hours of post-production turned the photograph that looked like a painting into a masterpiece resembling a snapshot.
The artist is fascinated by the possibilities of “having a lot of space and playing with time” – the perfect breeding ground for a wonderful collaboration between NORMALZEIT and Lukas M. Hüller.
Link to Lukas M. Hüller’s website here.
© photos: Lukas M. Hüller