The wishes will leave your head and walk around the neighbourhood. Let's meet in the plains next door.Gabriele Sturm

The wishes will leave your head and walk around the neighbourhood. Let's meet in the plains next door.

The wishes will leave your head and walk around the neighbourhood. Let's meet in the plains next door. (Die Wünsche werden den Kopf verlassen und in der Nachbarschaft spazieren gehen. Treffen wir uns in der Steppe nebenan.)

In this project Gabriele Sturm stages "Unplanned Vegetation".

She puts these species-rich habitats up for discussion as "co-habitat" for public and social space.

With the temporary intervention of a viewing walkway, the artist stages urban "wilderness" consisting of biodiverse communities as a special place.

With actions, performances and discussions, Gabriele Sturm will subject the project "Co Habitat" to ever new levels of reflection and reposition the unplanned as well as temporary vegetation spaces with these discourses.

The artist understands unplanned species-rich vegetation as places in the urban landscape that create a living pattern of opening and closing spaces.

Urban spaces that are transformed are possible, not yet realised, undefined places whose surfaces are populated by nature.

In the precisely planned city there are hardly any exceptions, even the "nature" areas are designed and clearly divided in the form of their use (space division for play, seating, passageway areas).

In this thoroughly designed urban landscape there are still isolated "irritations", areas that are not defined and not designed.

A place that is not yet defined is full of possibilities.

It is a place of a different tempo in the city, which allows a change between metropolitan pulse and insect buzz, which allows to follow the movements of high grasses in the wind?

In this project Gabriele Sturm wants to investigate the ecological, eventful and above all social relevance of species-rich habitats for our quality of life in the city, with the option of discovering a paradise together.

Can public places consist of ecologically valuable, species-rich open spaces - as co-habitats? Is it a place at the cutting edge of time? Is it a possible public place in the city of the future?

1st part - 09th September 2020 until 3rd October 2020
CO HABITAT as a habitat with species-rich vegetation

CO HABITAT as a possible format for public space

in the Kulturfabrik F 23: UN / PLANNED VEGETATION

In this project Gabriele Sturm stages unplanned vegetation.

She presents these species-rich habitats as a possibility for public places - as co-habitat.

Unplanned plant (communities) emerge in temporarily existing areas of the city. Planned and planted vegetation receives a stationary allocation in our green spaces and gardens.

In the area of the Kulturfabrik F 23, newly planted islands of flowers, the project of the F23 "The Flowers", sprouted and blossomed this summer like unplanned flora lush side by side.

With actions, interventions, discussions and workshops, Gabriele Sturm will repeatedly subject her project "CO HABITAT as a habitat with species-rich vegetation, CO HABITAT as public space" to a new level of reflection and reposition these unplanned and temporary vegetation spaces with different discourses.

2nd part - 18th September 2020 until March/April 2021
CO HABITAT - a possible form of use?

The kick-off of the second station of the project will take place within the framework of "ZukunftsErwachen 2020" from 18 to 20 September 2020, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in each case, in the Zukunftshof (former Haschahof), Rosiwalgasse 41-43, 1100 Vienna.

The installation is accessible from Tuesday to Thursday in dry weather from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment at

The Zukunftshof, former Haschahof, was "shut down" for a long time. During this time partridge and other bird species, marjoram vegetation carpets and many different ecologically valuable plant communities have developed a habitat there. Now the open spaces in the yard are being cleared and prepared for use. Parts of the unplanned, biodiverse vegetation have been left in jointly selected places for this art project.

The use of areas raises questions about the right to space, the associated planning of the design and, consequently, the allocation of these resources. This problem arises with an 'either - or'. As a consequence of such a situation, unplanned, species-rich vegetation as a habitat is completely removed and transformed into a cleared green space consisting of monotonous lawns, rudimentary shrubs and replacement plantings of a former tree population.

However, if the areas are defined as a consciously shared habitat, as a mutual assistance that allows both sides to gain form, if instead of an 'either-or' a 'but-also' is considered, could an understanding of a CO HABITAT allow for another method?

At the Zukunftshof, the Steppensteg stages the biodiversity area as a possible CO HABITAT and focuses not only on possible 'future-oriented' forms of use, but also on those of agricultural management around the farm, which is located in the midst of the most fertile arable land. The vegetation of these fields is determined by the annual change of ploughing and, as a result of this intervention, has numerous independent species, which are called Segetal vegetation.

3rd station - 6. October until 19th November 2020

The "Steppensteg", a viewing walkway made of steel and glass, highlights the space between the houses. Something that is always there, the familiar surroundings in the generous green space between the municipal buildings of the Schrödingerhof is questioned as to its self-evidence and its familiarity.

The Walkway serves as a meeting point, viewing and observation platform. For the residents* as well as for passers-by, the walk-in sculpture is a possibility to consciously observe the surrounding space and to focus on it. The artistic intervention and the accompanying program with a lot of presence on site can set an impulse for social interaction. Gabriele Sturm invites people to meet at the footbridge and traces the liveliness between the houses as a social network. The flora of the green space and its "inhabitants" will also be included in the social network and placed in the space as a possible CO HABITAT.

What can be perceived in the space between the houses? Our perception filters for identifying a place as landscape or green space are collectively shaped. Everyone sees only what he/she has learned to see.

A closer look opens up new perspectives; the unfamiliar, previously unregistered becomes perceptible. The artist invites us to perforate these filters in a collective process and to search for an extension in order to perceive the silent sensations in this living space between the houses.

As an instrument of perception, Gabriele Sturm encourages the senses to take their own senses as a benchmark "in operation", or to intensify them.
Forms, color nuances, sounds, smells... Is there a scent beyond the menus that steam in different kitchens? In the green space between the houses, curry aroma may interweave with the scent of clover.

The fauna and flora, the social possibilities that characterize the space between the houses are made tangible as essential parts of the quality of life in a big city.

Concept: Gabriele Sturm


In the area of Kulturfabrik F 23, Breitenfurter Straße 176
2. Station: Zukunftshof (ehem. Haschahof), Rosiwalgasse 41-43, 1100 Wien
3. Station: Schrödingerhof, Gußriegelstraße 42-50, 1100 Wien

Further Information

Gabriele Sturm, living and working in Vienna

You can find a video to the guided tour on September 26th, 2020 on Youtube.


The wishes will leave your head and walk around the neighbourhood. Let's meet in the plains next door.Gabriele Sturm

Time Period

Ende August 2020 bis Sommer 2021

1st Station: Kulturfabrik F 23, 9. September until 3. October 2020
2nd Station: Haschahof/Zukunftshof, 18. September until March/April 2021
3rd Station: Schrödingerhof, 6. October until 19. November 2020



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