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TEH Meeting 81
WUK, Vienna

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Save yourself

Installation by Karl-Heinz Ströhle and Martin Strauß


WUK Rooftop

An approx. 7-metre-high by 4-metre-wide sculpture on the WUK rooftop. A gigantic inflated ‘arm float’ presented like a classical sculpture upon an air-filled grey pedestal. Instead of the logo of the manufacturer, there is the text ‘Rette sich wer kann’ [Save yourself] printed on both sides.

The object refers to a recent trend in society where traditional values of social solidarity increasingly fall by the wayside. The latent maxim: ‘Save yourself!’ Given the current political and economic situation, the sculpture from the year 2006 hasn’t lost any of its topicality rather it has even gained additional relevancy and a polemic edge.

Martin Strauß (1957–2010) worked as an artist and author, above all, in the fields of art in public space and art in mass media and was also active as a curator and publisher.

Karl-Heinz Ströhle works as an independent artist in the fields of painting, sculpture, and art in public space. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the Department of Art and Communication Practices. Ströhle is an artist at WUK.