Level. The Fragile Balance of Utopia

A project by VIENNA BIENNALE 2017

In their installation LeveL – the fragile balance of utopia, designers mischer’traxler studio (Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler) analyze the bipolarity of utopia as a complex construct of individual and social ideals: a fragile system as a balancing act that takes into account the needs of both individuals and crowds.

For their large-scale installation LeveL, mischer’traxler studio make use of the metaphor of a mobile as a model for the utopia, that simultaneously functions as a chandelier. The hanging object only generates its full radiance in a state of equilibrium. Every movement in the room, whether caused by visitors, a draft of air or vibrations, is transformed in the object and thus in the luminescence of the object. The intensity of the light also fluctuates as long as the structure is in a state of imbalance. LeveL is an interactive installation that invites visitors to reflect on the many factors, including themselves, that can transform ideal systems into dystopias.

Moreover, the poetic and playful nature of the installation relies on design’s essential and increasingly important role as an intercultural mediator. Abstracting the complex theme of utopia within an object addressing both people’s emotions and senses will open up various levels of access for visitors, regardless of age or background. Play and contemplation will facilitate identification with their own sociocultural ideas of utopia without patronizing visitors.

Designers:
mischer’traxler studio (Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler)

Current Dates

  • Sat. 24 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 30 Jun 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 01 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 02 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 04 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 05 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

July

  • Thu. 06 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 07 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 08 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 09 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 11 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 12 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 13 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 14 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 15 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 16 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 18 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 19 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 20 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 21 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 22 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 23 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 25 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 27 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 28 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 29 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 30 Jul 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

August

  • Tue. 01 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 02 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 03 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 04 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 05 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 06 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 08 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 09 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 10 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 11 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 12 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 13 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 15 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 16 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 17 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 18 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 19 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 20 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 22 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 23 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 24 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 25 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 26 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 27 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 29 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 30 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 31 Aug 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

September

  • Fri. 01 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 12 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 19 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 20 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 21 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 23 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Sep 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October

  • Sun. 01 Oct 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.