Untitled (near Parndorf, Austria) 2018

On Saturday, 29 August 2015, John Gerrard travelled to a nondescript section of motorway near the town of Parndorf, east of Vienna, Austria. Using news images as guides he trespassed the highway verge to first find and then produce a detailed photographic survey of the location where a truck had been abandoned two days earlier, on Thursday, 27 August 2015. This truck was found to contain the corpses of seventy one hidden migrants from Iran, Iraq and Syria, who had smothered in the vehicle, from which the driver subsequently fled.


Untitled (near Parndorf, Austria) 2018 creates a detailed virtual portrait of the highway scene as it was on that day, focusing on the painted police markings which recorded the truck and tyre locations. In documenting this marked void and site of loss the work hopes to rescue this specific tragedy from a river of news that flows through society every day and is mostly forgotten. The work unfolds over an annual solar orbit of a year which includes night, day and seasonal light changes alongside a slowly turning camera which looks upon the site.

Commission supported by Phileas, A Fund for Contemporary Art, Vienna.

Team:
Artwork Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
3D Modeler: Max Loegler
Installation Development: Jakob Illera / Inseq, Vienna
Game Engine: Unigine

Exhibitions

Untitled (near Parndorf, Austria) 2018 at MANIFESTA 12 – 'The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence.' , 2018

Manifesta – European’s Nomadic Biennial
Palermo, Sicily

A new commission for Manifesta by John Gerrard Untitled (near Parndorf, Austria) 2018 will be installed alongside Farm (Council Bluffs, Iowa) 2015

Creative mediators: Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Mirjam Varadinis
Read more: www.m12.manifesta.org

Research

Response

Selected Press
Untitled (near Parndorf) in the media

nytimes.com
Bradley, Kimberly: 'A City at the Crossroads Examines Migration, Through Art', 22 Jun 2018

theguardian.com
Searle, Adrian: 'Manifesta 12 review – plant sex, puppets and a dial-a-spy booth', 20 Jun 2018

frieze.com
Moffitt, Evan: 'Manifesta 12: The Dark Heart of the Biennial Shows Human Suffering Out of Control', 19 Jun 2018

diepresse.com
Spiegler, Almuth: 'Die Leerstelle des Todes von Parndorf', 16 Jun 2018

derstandard.at
'Erinnerung an die Flüchtlingstragödie von Parndorf bei Manifesta 12', 15 Jun 2018

wienerzeitung.at
'Parndorf in Palermo', 15 Jun 2018

sn.at
'Manifesta 12: Erinnerung an Flüchtlingstragödie von Parndorf', 15 Jun 2018

2018 · UNTITLED (NEAR PARNDORF, AUSTRIA) 2018 / MANIFESTA 12 – 'THE PLANETARY GARDEN. CULTIVATING COEXISTENCE.' 
Highway scene with police markings identifying the exact site of abandoned truck, near Parndorf, Austria, Saturday August 29th 2015

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