6 – 7 December 2019
Venue: Depot – Kunst und Diskussion
Breite Gasse 3
1070 Wien


In the light of 2019 – the bilateral “Year of Culture” between Ukraine and Austria, BLOCKFREI has created a project The New Scene of Ukraine with the idea to present the existing and emerging cultural associations from Ukraine. The main goal is to connect them with their Austrian colleagues for the purpose of exchange of ideas and to lay a foundation for their potential collaboration in the years to come.

So far two of the three planned activities have taken place.
The first activity was a
Visitors’ Programme to Ukraine – when an Austrian based art critic and a curator were selected via an open call to take part in the week-long study visit to Kyiv and Kharkiv during the 2nd National Biennale of Young Art. It has been realized in cooperation with the Biennale and IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
The second activity of the project was a selection of two Ukrainian based emerging curators and their participation in the
Curators’ Agenda, an annual curatorial program for emerging international curators conducted by BLOCKFREI. This recently ended program was realized in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute.

The December conference is the final activity of the project The New Scene of Ukraine. It is envisaged along the lines of a networking event with the aim of (re-) connecting Ukrainian and Austrian professionals from the field of arts and culture, as well as for giving a reflection on the current state of the art and culture in Ukraine.

Friday’s daily program will be dedicated to presentations of the institutions, projects and initiatives by the invited guests from Ukraine, as well as examples of cooperation projects between Austria and Ukraine. During the night event, we will present two Ukrainian sound artists at Club Celeste in the framework of their Service platform.
Saturday’s evening program will have a discursive format consisting of two panels, one dedicated to the state of the (young) Ukrainian art scene, while the other panel will be focused more on the topic of internationalization as a capacity-building of the Ukrainian art and cultural scene.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!


Friday, 6th of December 

Daily program
Depot, Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Vienna
12:00 – 13.30 // 1st Set of Presentations
14.30 – 17:00 // 2nd Set of Presentations
Night program
Celeste club, Hamburgerstrasse 18, 1050 Vienna
23:00 – 6:00 // Dj Kurilo and Dj Udda, Kultura Zvuka, Kharkiv
Performing in the framework of Service program


Saturday, 7th of December

Evening program
Depot, Breite Gasse 3,1070 Vienna
18:00 – 19:00 // Panel #1 “State of the young art in Ukraine”
20:00 – 21:00 // Panel #2 “Internationalization as capacity building”


Program participants:

Konstantin Akinsha A freelance curator, Kyiv/Budapest
Kateryna Filyuk – Chief curator at IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kyiv/Palermo
Kathrin Heinrich – Art historian and independent art critic, Vienna
Alina Khanbabayeva – Director of Plan B fest, Kharkiv
Alisa Lozhkina – A freelance curator, Kyiv
Hedwig Saxenhuber – Co-curator of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, co-editor of the arts periodical springerin Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Vienna
Georg Schöllhammer – Co-curator of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, director of Tranzit Vienna
Alexandra Tryanova – Junior curator at PinchukArtCentre Kyiv
Yuliya Vaganova – Deputy director for museum and exhibition projects of Mystetskiy Arsenal Kyiv
Oleksandr Vynogradov – Program manager at Ukrainian Institute Kyiv
Anna Zvyagintseva – Artists, Kyiv 


Detailed Conference program available for download

Program participants’ short biographies available for download






Project “The New Scene of Ukraine” is realized with the support of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Ukrainian Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum in Kyiv.


The New Scene of Ukraine – Project →

Visitor’s Programme Ukraine →

Curators’ Agenda →