Transparadiso | plantagenet
Work in progress
Stage 1: November - december 2019
About the artist
In 1999 Barbara Holub (artist) and Paul Rajakovics (architect, urbanist) founded transparadiso (t) as transdisziplinary practice between art, urban intervention, architecture and urbanism. Prizes and awards: Austrian National Art Award 2018; Otto-Wagner-Prize for Urban Design, 2007(t); 2004 Schindler Grant for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (t); Outstanding Artist Award for Photography/ Federal Cancellary of the Republic of Austria, 1999 (h); Award for Experimental Tendencies/ Federal Cancellary of the Republic of Austria, 1996 (r). Barbara Holub was a member of the Public Arts Committee of Lower Austria from 2005 to 2007; president of the Vienna Secession, 2006-2007. She is a member of: the advisory board of Art & the Public Sphere Journal (UK); the advisory board of WCPUN, New York (USA); the Expert Committee of the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial Ekaterinburg (RUS); the jury of the Innovation Fund for Public Art/ City of Stuttgart (D). She was visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Art and Design (1997), at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2015) and lectures at the Vienna University of Technology/ Institute of Art and Design. Paul Rajakovics has been a member of the editorial board of dérive_magazine for urban research in Vienna since 2001. Assistant professor at the Vienna University of Technology/ Dept. of Housing (2009-2017), lecturer; co-founder of transbanana (1996-1999).
About the Community
With a mystery and challenge in our name, Plantagenet encompasses the communities of Mt Barker, Kendenup, Porongurup, Narrikup and Rocky Gully. We enjoy a benign climate that underpins a rich diversity of agricultural pursuits including grape growing and wine making, free range pigs and chickens, sheep, cattle, grains and horticulture. Kendenup home to the DeGaris plan was an actual vision for a rural utopia and various waves of settlement, from soldier settlement blocks to Afghan refugees have reinforced the vision of a utopia. The Porongurup and Stirling Ranges provide a backdrop to natural beauty in biodiversity that stretches over 150km from west to east and includes jarrah, marri and karri through to mallee heathlands
Partner Organisation: Plantagenet Arts Council
The Plantagenet Arts Council has a base in Mitchell House, the old post office in Mt Barker and we work hard to provide space and some leadership for creative endeavour in the shire.