‘New Rituals/Neue Rituale‘ is an artists’ book and a collective artwork in its own right. The contributions were made by invited artists, especially for the project and the book as a whole can be seen as an art object. The focus is entirely on emerging artists from Scotland and Austria and what they have to show us today on the subject of rituals in the format of a book.
Rituals and art, we often forget, have always gone hand in hand, just as religion, art and science were hardly separable not so long ago. There is something incredibly powerful about rituals and the symbolism that goes with them. As humans, we appear to have a deep need for them. They mark the passing of time, but also give us a foothold in it. They structure what is otherwise a diffuse stringing together of days, hours and years. Without them it would perhaps be a bit like ‘lock-down’ forever.
Contributing artists: James Rigler, Sekai Machache, Katharina Brandl, Violeta Ivanova, Ross Fleming, Flora deBechi, Borjana Ventzislavova, Abiona Esther Ojo, Fabian Fink, Elke Halbmayer, Edward Bruce, Stephanie Black-Daniels, Rainer Nöbauer-Kammer, Aga Paulina Młyńczak, Adam Ulen, Beverley Chapman, Isobel Lutz-Smith, Naomi van Dijck, Sam Bunn, Laura Põld, Michael Hautemulle, Katharina Gruzei, Natsumi Sakamoto, Tinja Ruusuvuori, Niamh Moloney, Tomash Schoiswohl.
‘New Rituals/Neue Rituale‘ is kindly supported by Creative Scotland, Land Salzburg and Land Oberösterreich.
Oktavia Schreiner @oktavia_schreiner_art is a visual artist and the curator and editor of the artist book.