The Höhenrausch 2014 opened on June 26, 2014. This year’s highlight is the voestalpine open space: the new cultural and event space suspended high over the roofs of Linz.
The Höhenrausch is a unique artistic event which has been attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Linz, Upper Austria, each summer since 2009. A particular highlight of this year’s event is the voestalpine open space, the new cultural and event space suspended high over Linz’s rooftops. On June 26, 2014, the Höhenrausch 2014 and the voestalpine open space were officially opened by Martin Sturm, artistic director of the OÖ Kulturquartier, Wolfgang Eder, CEO of voestalpine AG, and Upper Austria’s Governor, Josef Pühringer. The Höhenrausch starts on June 27, 2014, and from this date onwards the voestalpine open space is open to the public.
Cooperation between business and culture
The open steel structure is the result of fruitful cooperation between business and culture. voestalpine is not only the exclusive, main sponsor in this project, voestalpine products also lend the voestalpine open space its structure and form. The architectural design is the work of RieplRiepl architects, and the artistic concept that of the OÖ Kulturquartier. The voestalpine open space extends over the OK and the Parkdeck; it provides a location for exceptional cultural projects and artistic actions, is the setting for the Moviemento-Sommerkino, and serves as a multifunctional landmark.
The motto of this year’s Höhenrausch is “Bewegte Räume” (moving rooms). Twenty-six art projects, 10 of which involve artists with a connection to Upper Austria, are in place and ready for the many visitors to the event. The highlights include:
- Giant Billiard: originally designed in 1970, the enormous billiard table designed by Haus-Rucker-Co has been adapted to fit inside the voestalpine open space and measures 12 x 9 x 1m.
- Waterfall Swing: the highlight on the roof are the two swings, the work of American artist group Dash 7, which swing through an electronically controlled waterfall. A thin sheet of water pours gently down from the crossbar of the swing, stopping each time those sitting on the swing are directly beneath.
- Bill Fontana: from September 5 and the start of the Ars Electronica, visitors will be able to listen to Bill Fontana’s Acoustic Visions. The artist will create a new livestream work in which he uses the production facilities at voestalpine as an instrument.
Duration of the Höhenrausch: 27. 6. – 19.10.2014
Opening times: daily 10.00 am – 09.00 pm
More on the voestalpine open space: http://www.voestalpine.com/openspace
New voestalpine corporate design
The voestalpine Group is marking the consistent implementation of its strategy and its changing self-image by updating its visual identity: its transformation from a European steel company to a global technology and capital goods group is now also being mirrored in its corporate design. The new visual identity combines tradition with future expectations, and increasingly symbolizes dynamism and a focus on the future.