Fink’s is an ongoing project that acts as a threshold for the Grazer Kunstverein, providing a reception space for hospitality and events that complement the exhibition programme.
Fink’s is comprised of a shelving structure, bar and seating system created by the Graz-based architecture studios Brauchst and Studio Magic. They are designed and arranged to invite visitors to linger, taste, smell, and ask questions about what they see. Each season, drinks and snacks are produced for openings, meetings and other events, sometimes in collaboration with other artists as part of their work. Through hospitality, Fink’s creates a site for alternative research and exploration, suggesting and facilitating knowledge production in a multitude of forms.
Fink's bar during a workshop on vinegar making by Styrian producer Anita Konig. Photo by Fiona Hallinan
In 2017 the focus of Fink's was on researching local plant knowledge, and producing a powder for each season, derived from plants, herbs and spices encountered in Graz and Styria, and through visiting artists. Ingredients and leftovers were collected over a period of cooking, conversation and workshops. These were processed through dehydration and grinding in a studio kitchen, resulting in a powder, or dust representing each season. Visitors to the Grazer Kunstverein were invited to take home a sample of each season’s powder.
Herbs and plants laid out for dehydrating. Photo by Fiona Hallinan
In 2018 Fink’s hosted the Department of Ultimology. The shelving structure was inhabited by research materials and displayed as part of a research project titled What Where/Was Wo, commissioned by steirischer herbst and co-produced by Grazer Kunstverein, in collaboration with Nina Höchtl and Julia Wieger.
In 2019 Fink's will continue to produce powders distilled from the time and place, using this process as a way to initiate conversations and encounters, and to organise events, workshops and other activities to complement the Grazer Kunstverein exhibition programme and artists. The resulting powders will be distributed to visitors during the year.