Space and place wants locals to explore their own city from an innovative perspective. A tour of beautiful palaces would not interest many of them, but this will. There is a fascination with death, failure and melancholy in Vienna, and this walk connects with that Ulrich Seidl mood.
Through humour, they want to make some serious points about the role of fashion, the popular press, city-planners, gentrification, postmodernism, UNESCO and greedy developers.
They want to start a debate – and so participants vote on the attractiveness of each building. This is one of the cities with the biggest gap between its fantasy and reality. They want to explore that gap, and maybe close it a little. Vienna is more interesting than its reputation. In the spirit of Conchita, they want to transgress, and surprise people. To show another Vienna, beyond the tired cliches of Sissi and Schnitzel, a city which is more creative, contemporary and adventurous.
You have to come on the walk to find out which buildings are considered ugly! They include old and new architecture. Some structures are both beautiful and ugly. Only through ugliness can we discover true beauty, and the two have an interesting relationship in Vienna. Beauty can be boring – but ugly never is. And they love the cinematic qualities of Vienna at night, so some of their walks start at midnight.
Current tours of Vienna focus on the old city. We need new stories to tell.