Located right next to the Wachau Road, the Georg Prunner Square in Emmersdorf provided the perfect setting for our presentation of the first results of our Road Studies. The public space served us as an exhibition space and open-air cinema until the evening hours. At the central town square we were able to present our micro-exhibition and short films.
Four folders illustrating the creation, design and perception of the Wachau Road were presented, exhibited and distributed to the visitors. Aerial images of the Wachau showed traffic routes as an integral part of the landscape. The exhibition opened up new perspectives on the everyday traffic route. For some visitors, memories of the construction period of the Wachau Road were awakened. Over bread and wine, visitors shared their personal connection to the Wachau Road with us.
At nightfall, the short films were screened: phantom rides with experimental recording techniques allowed us to experience the relationship between time, speed and landscape perception. Another film contribution recorded in slow motion the overtourism in the Wachau Region. Herbert Ursprunger, the landscape architect of Wachau Road, also laid out and designed Georg Prunner Square in the 1950s. An interview with him was presented as a short film. The informative and entertaining film document was complemented by artistically reworked photos. Although the exhibition was only of short duration, we have left our mark.
We would like to thank Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Niederösterreich (Public Art Lower Austria) and in particular Johanna Reiner for complementing our exhibition with the Inventour-Bus. Special thanks to the staff and Richard Hochratner, mayor of the municipality of Emmersdorf, for their great support and hospitality.