20th June till 12 July 2020 in Ferlach/Borovlje and Spittal an der Drau/Spital ob Dravi

In demographic terms, Carinthia is a shrinking region when it comes to its population. Only the central region of Carinthia is predicted to have a slightly increasing population. From all of Carinthia there is a so-called "brain drain" to other provinces, mainly Vienna and Styria. "Is Carinthia dying out?" newspapers ask and look for recipes to prevent this: "Points against emigration" want to be found and it is regretted that there are "Only few recipes against emigration". So "the South is shrinking" and this is a problem in our time of constant growth. There was a growth in the population due to immigration in 2015 and 2016, when many refugees came. show.Rooms_regional 2020 conducts artistic research in the cities of Ferlach/Borovlje and Spittal an der Drau on the subject of emigration and immigration. Asks: Who goes and why, who comes and why? What are personal stories, conditions and expectations that people in these two cities stay or go? Are there differences and similarities in these two cities that are similar in language and yet so different in terms of bilingualism? How much do people know about each other?
show.Rooms spans a time horizon - due to CarinthiJa 2020 - that goes back from the here and now to the year 1920 and searches for motives. The connecting element between the two cities is the Frei.Raum Otelo, which is located in both cities. Otelo is an open technology laboratory in which regional community activities are given space and used for them. 

The project is funded by Carinthija 2020, BMKÖS, Land Kärnten, Bund and Europäische Union, LAG: Nockregion and Region Unterkärnten Carnica, the cities of Ferlach/Borovlje and Spittal an der Drau and the Otelos in these towns.


show.Rooms_regional is an intervention on a marginalized topic in several vacant business premises of a city together with regional artists, scholars and associations that work on the topic. A more detailed explanation of the format can be found here.