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Edgar Honetschläger is an artist, screen writer and film director born and raised in Austria. Being a rather intense kid, his mother would send him to England frequently – which made him a fervent traveler. He has spent four years of his life in the United States (New York, LA, San Francisco), more than ten years in Japan (Tokyo), a casual year in Italy (Rome and Palermo) and a stressful year in Brazil (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia). Today he makes his homes in Tokyo and Vienna, directing  the EDOKO institute, but he continues traveling the globe extensively.

The common denominators of his work are the themes of INDIVIDUALISM and the celebration of CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. DIVERSITY IS NECESSITY – anything mono casts a threat to the beauty of different expressions/believes/languages/approaches toward life. Understanding other cultures is not a given – the question is rather if it is possible at all – for sure it needs a maximum of tolerance (nobody is without prejudice). A society can only function if everyone is granted the same amount of space. You can drive your individualism (does it really exist or is it just a concept?) only as far as you do not hurt another existence. Linear understanding of HISTORY is a misconception just as the Western idea of LOVE is only one possible approach within the interaction of humans. After all, emotions too, are nothing but ideas.

Honetschläger expresses these believes by means of drawing, painting, film, as well as performance, installation and photography.

2015 – Los Angeles, Siracusa / Sicily
2011 – 2014 Vienna / Umbria
2009 – 2011 Tokyo / Vienna
2007 – 2008 Brasilia / Sao Paolo / Tokyo
2003 – 2006 Vienna / Tokyo
2002 Palermo – Vienna
2000 — 2001 Rome – Vienna
1999 – 2000 Vienna / Tokyo / Los Angeles
1997 – 1999 Vienna / Tokyo
1991 – 1997 Tokyo
1989 – 1991 New York City
1985 – 1989 studies economics + art history at the Universities of Linz, Graz, Vienna + art institute San Francisco

Lectures at the Gejutsu Daigaku University Tokyo, Nichidai University Tokyo, University of Yamaguchi/Japan, University Olomouc Chech Republic, University of applied Arts Vienna, Academy of fine Arts Vienna, University of Yazd/Iran, University of Arts Linz

Filmography

2014 OMSCH at Diagonale, Graz
2013 OMSCH, 83’ feature-docu (AT) premiere at the visions du reel int. film festival Nyon, Switzerland –  Prix Buyens-Chagoll
2012 KAZUE, fiction short 2′ (IT/AT)
LONGING, fiction short 3’, (AT)
2011 AUN, Feature Film, Japan/Austria, 100min, 35mm
premiere @ the int. film festival Rotterdam, St. Petersburg Film Festival, Russia, Era New Horizons IFF, Poland
2008 SUGAR and ICE, Brasilia, 6min, digi
BEIJING HOLIDAY at Rotterdam Film Festival
2007 BEIJING HOLIDAY, Beijing/Taipei/Vienna/Tokyo, 13 min, digi-beta
ERNI on Culture TV www.culturetv.tv
ERNI is chosen as the official logo representing Austrian cultural activities abroad
2006 ERNI@ IFF Rotterdam
Vancouver Film Festival
Calgary Film Festival
Toronto WWSF
Montreal festival Nouveau Cinema
Freewave FF, LA
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival
Hammer Museum LA
Locarno Film Festival
THE AUDIENCE
Brasilia/Buenos Aires/ Montevideo/Los Angeles/Tokyo/Vienna HD70’, director and producer
premiere @ Diagonale, Graz
Holland Summer Festival, Amsterdam
2005 ERNI, 7 min short film, HD, director and producer
premiere at the world Expo, Aichi/Japan, Locarno Film Festival
THE AUDIENCE, for the 7th act of Peter Ablinger’s OPERA, 2 films (2x60min), libretto by yoko tawada
2004 Il mare e la torta @
int. Premiere at the IFF Rotterdam
Diagonale Graz
Buenos Aires Film Festival
Rome int. Film Festival
Tursak int. Film Festival, Istanbul
Viennale, Vienna int. FF
Crossing Europe,
Sao Paulo IFF
Formation of EDOKO Institute Film production
2003 Il mare e la torta/ the sea and the cake, film essay, 60min. director and co-producer
premiere at Viennale, Vienna int. film festival
2002 George in Hollywood, Los Angeles S8/35mm, 3 min. director and producer
int. Premiere at the IFFRotterdam
George in Hollywood @ LA Freewaves Film Festival
enduring freedom, Vienna, 4 min, digital-film for the internet, director and co-producer
2001 Los Feliz, screen play for a feature film with Reinhard Jud and Jonny Elkes
Isola Farnese, teaser for Diagonale, Austrian Film Festival, Graz, director and producer
colors int. Premiere at the IFFRotterdam
Diagonale, Austrian Filmfestival
Pesaro Film Festival, Italy
2000 L+R, Tokyo, 79’ film essay, digital/blow up 35mm, director and co-producer
int. Premiere at the IFFRotterdam
Diagonale 2000, Graz, Austrian Premiere
Seattle International Film Festival
Popcorn Film Festival, Stockholm
Interdependent Film Forum, Tokyo
Vancouver International Film Festival
Leipzig Dokumentarfilm Festival
International Filmfestival Bratislava
colors = the history of chocolate, masaccio, in times of emergency
film trilogy Rome/Florence, digbeta 33’, director and co-producer
colors, premiere at the VIENNALE, Vienna
1999 MILK @ IFF Rotterdam, Holland
India Int. Filmfestival, Hyderabad
Sardines, screen play with playwright and Hollywood producer Susan B. Landau for a feature film
Randzonen, 45 sec. teaser for cinema+TV for the Festival of Regions
1998 MILK @
International premiere at the BERLINALE, Germany
DIAGONALE Austrian FF, Graz
Popcorn Filmfest, Stockholm, Sweden
Festival of European Co-Production, Sofia, Bulgaria
Fernsehfestival Meran, Italy
Jungla 98, Barcelona, Spain
MIF Cannes, Marche International du Film, France
American Film Institute, Washington DC, USA
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland
Stockholm, Festival of European Co-Production
Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
TV festival Meran, Italy
Washington DC, New Films from Austria, American Film Institute
Noordelijk Film festival, Norway
Leeurwarden, Friesland, Germany
Belgrade International Filmfestival, Yugoslavia
1997 MILK, New York/Tokyo, S16mm/blow up 35mm, 100’ feature, director and co-producer.
premiere at the VIENNALE, international Film Festival Vienna
1996 97-(13+1) SVHS Video, 10 min, Tokyo
MILK, screen play for a feature film with Leza Lowitz
1995 HCN MIAU, New York, HUMANIC TV commercial for season 1996
1994 GADGETS, Hi 8 Video 12 min, Tokyo
1991 SEQUENCES, S8mm Film/blow up16mm, 15 min, New York, director and producer
with Serge Pinkus, James Goldwasser, Josef Ramaseder, Paula Hayes,
Sjoerd Hofstra, Mia Hansford

Solo Exhibits/Performances/Installations/Group Shows SELECTION

2014 No more Fukushimas, VIENNA ART WEEK, curated by Marcello Farabegoli
DER STUHL,
Traklhaus Salzburg
Elisabeth zeigt Edgar Honetschläger/Alois Mosbacher, Vienna
Parkfair, Vienna
2013 SUGAR AND ICE, a book about Brasilia, publisher: Schlebrügge.Editor
Kunstforum Montafon: On emigrating and returning
Wallpaper 15 for Steinbrener/Dempf, Wien, Titel: GUINEA PIGS
HANDARBEIT; Museum Kunst der Ostküste, Germany
21erHaus (museum 21st century, Vienna
2012 FRAMBOISE FRIVOLE, solo show at Charim Galerie Vienna
Autumn leaves fields, Bambin Art Gallery Tokyo
2011 NEGATIVE SPACE PERFORMANCE at Charim Galerie Vienna
PROPOSALS FOR VENICE, Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum Linz,
curator: Thorsten Sadovsky
THE ANIMAL SHOW, Rupertinum Salzburg
2010 BRAVE NEW WORLD, Group show at MUDAM Luxembourg
EDOPOLIS, Solo show Casino Luxembourg d’Art Contemporain
2009 EDOPOLIS, Solo show Kunsthalle Krems
BEST OF AUSTRIA, Lentos Linz
LINZBLICK, Lentos Linz
2008 NAGOYA or the rise of  Japanese Metropolis, Vienna City Museum
Introduction to Art History, Fotohof Salzburg
Presentation of the photo book TOKYO PLAIN at the Nationalbibliotherk, Vienna
BEIJING HOLIDAY, solo show ar Charim Gallery Vienna
2007 DISCOVERING THE OTHER Taiwan National Palace Museum, Taipei
film show with Tsai Ming-liang, Merilyn Fairskye, Ella Raidel, Deborah Stratman,
Apichatpong WeerasethakulBEIJING HOLIDAY at Shanghai Contemporary with Chi-Wen Gallery TaipeiIntroduction to Art History Ursula Blickle Stiftung
2006 chickenssuit presentation at the Kunstverein AARHUS, Denmark
2005 chickenssuit @ art cologne
invents and develops the chickenssuit with Willi Mahringer – presentation
at the World Expo in Aichi, Japan
Hangar 7, Red Bull Exhibit with 6 distinguished Austrian painters.
go between, international group show at Magazin4, Bregenzer Kunstverein
2004 the scent of snow @ Gallery charim + Vienna art fair
FEET & TOKYO, prints 2 Heliogravurs with master printer Kurt Zain
2003 years after with Elisabeth Plank und Christoph Cagnelli at Palais Wittgenstein
window toGallery 422, Gmunden
Art Zürich with Charim Gallery
2002 regie at Brandts Kunsthallen Klaedefabrik, Kunsthalle Odense (book and video)
Art Cologne mit Charim Gallery
2001 regie/directing, State Gallery Upper Austria, Linz (book)
Los Feliz, Gallery Charim, Vienna
in times of emergency, Steirischen Herbst, Graz
Triennale Milano with in times of emergency
2000 Kunsthalle Vienna, Living and working in Vienna, with masaccio, curator: Gerald Matt
Kunsthalle Krems, „Milk from the blue stream of the Danube“
with the history of chocolate
FIAC Art Fair Paris with Artspace Viktor Bucher
1999 all the banalities, Artspace Viktor Bucher, Vienna
all the banalities, Artforum Meran
I have time, Portfolio Kunst AG, Vienna, [book and video]
1998 staged photography for the newspaper “Der Standard”
1997 participates in documenta X with 97-(13+1) / curator: CATHERINE DAVID
Griffin, Los Angeles
Art Basel with Gallery Steineck
1995 NICAF Int. Art Fair Yokohama Japan with Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo
97-(13+1), Gallery Freihausgasse, Villach
“memoirs”?, Gallery Gerersdorfer, Vienna
sitt’n all over the place, Philips Gallery, Vienna
97-(13+1), Performance Projekt, Tokyo [book and video]
1994 SCHUHWERK, exhibition at Sagacho Exhibit Space Tokyo / Koike Kazuko
Tampopo, Gallery Schillerplatz, Vienna
1993 Real Thing?, Gallery Hosomi, Tokyo
Real Thing?, SAI Gallery, Osaka
SCHUHWERK, Performance in Tokyo+Yokohama [book and video] curators: Ritsuko Segawa and SCAI the BATHOUSE (Shirashi Masami), Interview with NANJO FUMIO, Photos by Shigeo Anzai
1992 Real Thing?, Gallery Cross, Tokyo
Asacloth Gallery, Tokyo
Real Thing?, Gallery im Stifterhaus, Linz [book]
Gallery Gerersdorfer, Vienna
Kunst Raum, Stuttgart
Gallery Pollhammer, Steyr
Austrian Cultural Institute NY with Elisabeth Plank + Josef Ramaseder [book]
Down to paper, Vienna
1991 “memoirs” , presentation at MJS Books and Graphics, New York
Still Life, Performance New York
1990 nonetheless wurm, Gallery Spitzbart, Vorchdorf
Palais Wittgenstein with Elisabeth Plank, Vienna [book]
illustration for Joseph von Eichendorff’s memoirs of a good for nothing – 210 Lithographs
1989 sensing soil, Performance, New York
60 days Austrian Museum of the 21. st century, Vienna
Public And Private Art Collections Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum Linz
Albertina Vienna
City of Vienna
City of Linz
Tiroler Landesmuseum
Museum of Moderner Art Rupertinum Salzburg
IBM Vienna
Bank Austria Vienna
Artothek, Collection of the government of Austria
T-Mobile Center Vienna
Red Bull Salzburg
Minato Mirai Yokohama, Japan
MUDAM, Museum of Modern Art Luxemburg
Books & Catalogues Honetschläger Edgar, HOUSE WITTGENSTEIN, Vienna 1990
Honetschläger Edgar, TOOLS, Galerie Asacloth Tokyo+Galerie im Stifter Haus, Vienna 1992
The Executive Committee of SCHUHWERK, Edgar Honetschläger, SCHUHWERK, Tokyo 1994
Honetschläger Edgar, 97-(13+1), DOCUMENTA X, Vienna 1997
Honetschläger Edgar, I HAVE TIME, Vienna 2000
Honetschläger Edgar, REGIE/DIRECTING, Linz 2001
Iglar, Rainer+Mauracher, Michael, Edgar Honetschläger, TOKYO PLAIN, Salzburg 2008
Dieter Buchhart+Enrico Lunghi, Edgar Honetschläger, EDOPOLIS, Krems/Luxembourg 2009
Prizes & Grants 2009 Cultural award by the Province of Upper Austria
1999 1996 Japan Foundation for realizing the film essay L+R
1996 Japan Foundation Tokyo & JEC Fund Osaka Grant for realizing the feature Film MILK
1995 Talent’s Award by the City of Linz