Peter Weibel (*1944)
Fabrik des Verbrechens (Factory of crime), Vienna, Justizpalast, ca. 1970
From the series »Anschläge«
Peter Weibel's action »Anschläge« is a significant example of his socio-critical and media-critical conceptual art, in which the exploration of language is central. At the main portal of Vienna's Palace of Justice, the seat of the Supreme Court, the General Procurator's Office and the Office of the Senior Public Prosecutor – the incontestable authorities in civil and criminal matters of the Republic of Austria – the artist holds handwritten boards against the enamel signs with the names of the institutions located in the Palace.
The plates misrepresent or distort the names of these authorities: They contain terms that are related or similar to the word stems contained in the official designations and shift their meaning within the semantic conceptual fields of crime, violence and disgrace. What is expressed in the names of the institutions as their main task – the guarantee of legal security – is, as it were, reversed in Weibel's intervention and thus exposed as a questionable claim.
Gelatin silver print from the original negative, print date: 2014
Image dimensions 35,7 x 54 cm (35,7 x 54 inch)
Object dimensions 42,1 x 60,3 cm (42,1 x 60,3 inch)
Signed, titled and numbered »2/3« by the artist in pencil on the reverse
Peter Weibel, das offene werk 1964-1979, Ostfildern 2006, p. 452 (ill. from the same series); Peter Weibel. Medienrebell, cat. Belvedere / 21er Haus, Cologne 2014, p. 254f. (ill. from the same series).
Prints / Austrian Photography / Performativität / Konzeptuelle Fotografie / Kunst /