An artist couple, a journalist and a graphic designer of similar age and middle European cultural background visit Pakistan for the first time.
In Karachi we meet in a situation characterized by relatively unknown religious, political, cultural and geographical realities.
This blog will be part of a diary reflecting our experience during a 24 days performance. We target to visit 24 different locations and encounters recommended by people living or having lived in Pakistan. The 24 encounters will beginn at a certain time the first day to be continued within the following days an hour later. So we will end up with a very long extended day in Karachi.

Our main interest also covers our goals for the Karatchi residency: In Pakistan we will get to know people, pictures, sounds, language, stories, landscapes and impressions.  We will work on and with them, interpret and artistically adepted take them back to Europe. The exhibition and the Karatchidiary are our contribution on the intermediation for the new and upcoming social relationsships that form all over the world. Especially in Europe subjects like provenance and personal identity are growing issues of interest.

We understand integration not as instruction but as a basic determination or sentiment. We do not go to Pakistan to serve necessities, we want to learn about our necessities in order to understand common origins and backgrounds. We want to take back what we will learn about this country and its people. We want to return with new knowledge transformed, boosted and intermediated with our artistic and professional means and experiences. We are interested in the circulation of Pakistans art- and cultural scene, in its professional tools and hope for potential interest in our work. We expect to meet artists and other professionals out of Pakistan’s art scenery and cultural area. W’d love to gain an interchange far beyond the current residency and look forward to turn the projects’ temporal status to a regular exchange.

Artist Statements

Bernhard Frue

“My works are frequently inspired by biographical elements and everyday observations, which I translate into exemplary situations or states using various transformational processes. The process of transposition fragments the original references to primary sources in such a way that they are no longer present as a superstructure but still generate a relationship of tension between idea and image, between index and symbol.
The graphic aspect is central to my artistic praxis, both as a point of departure and a reference system.”

Veronika Illmer

“What do we understand when we look? Do signs speak a language? Why does the Urdu alphabet touch my heart although I can’t read it? Why do berber-tribes in the moroccan Atlas use the same kind of pattern as people in the mountains of Tyrol?
Is there a new global language determined by logos, icons, emoticons, trademarks, codes and coding and can we read it the same way no matter what our cultural and aesthetic identity is?
Working more than 20 years as art-director for magazines and newspapers the visual aspects of communication are in my focus. I’m looking out for signs, patterns and maybe answers.”

Sabine Kienzer

“Since 2003 I work as a free lance journalist and cultural manager in the field of fine arts with a special emphasis on intermediation. On this basis all my projects are planned and executed with the goal to permanently redefine culture as a term consisting of the values, beliefs and norms which influence the behavior of people. My current projects are presentations of artist talks, the exhibition series art & function and the editorship of splace magazine – the digital art magazine of art university Linz. The collobaration with two artist is a new professional enlargement for me. Its taking place in Pakistan is an intentional part of ephemeroptera – a Karachi diarys’ conceptual formulation.”

Christina Zurfluh

“Since I am intensively concerned with different materials and layers within painting, I will put a main focus on experiencing and approaching new material stimuli and techniques for Pakistan.
On the thematic as well as on the experimental level my interest lays in the effect of color, light, form and space towards each other – due to those influences colors can change very strongly in intensity and radiance.
Pakistan with its offer on different light situations within a colorful culture background, the encounter towards new color combinations and influences will give new inspirations and suggestions for my working process.”