Periphrasis (for a ditto, ditto device)

Workshop, exhibition process

Tuesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 23, 2017


Sebastian Gärtner (AT), Ane Mette Hol (NO), Joséphine Kaeppelin (FR), Michael Kargl (AT), Nika Kupyrova (CZ), Stefan Riebel (DE), Franz Thalmair (AT)

Periphrasis (for a ditto, ditto device) is an experimentally designed scenario in the draft stage, a think-tank and rehearsal for a future exhibition—but Periphrasis (for a ditto, ditto device) is also an exhibition in itself. Starting from the idea of the copy as a nowadays omnipresent yet more and more invisible artistic practice and form, seven Austrian and international participants discuss different strategies of appropriation. At the center of this public reflection on methodologies is the potential of the act of copying, its generative force and mimetic productivity. The purpose of this test setting is to collect current copying methods and to analyze their modes. By subjecting the copy to the act of copying again, new copying techniques will derive from this process, creating a research loop that is self-reflective and auto-generative at the same time. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Process-based exhibition

Sebastian Gärtner, Ane Mette Hol, Joséphine Kaeppelin, Michael Kargl, Nika Kupyrova, Stefan Riebel, Franz Thalmair



Freies Theater Innsbruck


Wilhelm-Greil-Straße 23

6020 Innsbruck



Periphrasis (for a ditto, ditto device)is part of the research project originalcopy—Post-Digital Strategies of Appropriation, funded by the Program for Arts-Based Research (PEEK) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: AR348–G24). The research project is hosted by the Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and run by Michael Kargl and Franz Thalmair from July 2016 through December 2018.