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Dóra Medveczky


A circular rural wooden fence - examination of the fence in its historical-social development through the revival of an old production technique.

With: Fabio Spink

“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality).

Fabio Spink and Dóra Medveczky explore how fences and walls have shaped social coexistence and inequality. While in the Middle Ages the common law was still predominant, which meant that the usable land belonged to a village and could be used by all as common property, in the early modern age there was a so-called enclosure movement, i.e. the creation of enclosed land areas. The access to land that had provided wood and food for generations was impossible and land became a commodity. Fences, however, also signify territorial borders, migration, and transnational refugee movements. Standing in front of the fence, it is hardly possible to get through. Inside or outside? Belonging or being excluded? This is an experience that people who are fleeing make again and again.

Economic globalization goes hand in hand with territorial demarcation. But what does the concept of space and territory for our democratic societies? When fences suddenly determine politics? Through a hole in the fence we finally get inside. Are we arrived at last, or trapped after all?

Text: Alexandra Viehhauser
Photos: Dóra Medveczky and Fabio Spink


Urban wood and its applications now and in the future

With: Charlotte Schneider, Anton Posch

WOOD STOCK aims to raise awareness of the potentials of utilising urban wood and invite city residents to reflect about the value of this common good. Urban wood is obtained from the intact parts of felled trees that could not withstand the extreme environmental conditions in the city and therefore have to be felled. In Vienna, felled trees are currently treated as biological waste and recycled as compost. The work highlights the benefits of processing the trunks of urban trees that are no longer viable as timber. Salvaging valuable material in this way and making it available again to the public - in the form of various wooden objects - is a sustainable, climate-positive and sensible option for extending the life cycle of urban trees. The diverse possibilities for processing the material are demonstrated in the form of a planar, analytical installation that imitates the structure of a tree. Detailed information on the various uses of the common resource can be found in an accompanying catalogue.

WOOD STOCK is a mediation project in extension to Stadtholz, a project by Orest Yaremchuk, Fabio Spink and Dóra Medveczky that explores and negotiates the recycling and non-profit use of urban wood.

Photo 1-4: Charlotte Schneider
Photo 5: Dóra Medveczky
Wood: Viennese Parks and Gardens - MA42, Johannes Hoffmann


a ceramic vending machine

With: Dila Demircan Özer, Johanna Kalinke, Sofia Zorzi, Tereza Sejková

Artifactory presents and offers artifacts found in the Angewandte Ceramics Studio, to reinforce the university representation of the workshop. The objects are forgotten, unwanted, discarded by their makers or by-products of ceramics making, all made in the studio. The artifacts can be taken freely. The façade of the installation also consists of tiles made in the workshop, offered by Maria Wiala and her students.

The old vending machine is owned and was provided by Robert Bettinger, Danny Nedkova and Fabio Spink. The installation was created as part of a focus week of the master’s program Social Design - Art as urban Innovation in collaboration with and from the funds of the Ceramics Studio of Angewandte.

Late night visitor: Rosa Sturm


temporary installation

With: Fabio Spink

Fast, cheap and convenient, that is what we are used to. Therefore it is so difficult to change our twisted relationship with nature. UMDREHEN (~U-turn) points out the impact of our actions on the environment. Five wooden columns embody temporal developments related to climate change. The installation was made from felled tree trunks that could not cope with the environment or were in the way of the growing city. Subordinating nature to profit and comfort has uncomfortable consequences. For us, too. It is time for a turn.

The project was realised in the framework of the KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien competition “Tomorrow’s Weather”, with the financial support of KÖR Wien and the City of Vienna. Thanks to: MA 42 – Parks and Gardens, University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte Robotics Lab und Holztechnologie, Social Design Studio), Antonio Airelli, Sina Gerschwiler, Philipp Hornung, Florian Kläger, Nina Kreuzinger, Pascal Rathgeb, Philipp Reinsberg, David Schessl

Photo: Mafalda Rakoš

Red fences, white flags

temporary installation

With: Fabio Spink

Like numerous trees in Vienna every year, a maple tree on Vordere Zollamtsstraße, in front of the University of Applied Arts, had to be felled for safety reasons. Most of these diseased trees that are felled, do not get enough rainfall and nutrients due to urban conditions and climate change, so their natural immune system is weakened and is unable to fight off various fungal and bacterial infections. We kept a part of the felled maple trunk and made flagpoles of the wood. To underline the disproportionate division of the urban environment between human and nature, we placed 13 white flags in the trunk of the felled trees at selected locations in the city. The installation was part of the Angewandte Festival 2021.

Concept and production: Dóra Medveczky and Fabio Spink
Photo: Dóra Medveczky and Fabio Spink


a participative installation

With: Johannes Rips

a-zaun is a cryptic alphabet, which has been designed and developed together with students of the NMS education campus in Vienna. Combined with unique numbers, all hand drawn letters are laser engraved into wooden boards, that enable pupils to write and decode hidden messages, by replacing letters with numbers.

As an alternative art education for students, the project has been realized in association with AKADEMIE GEHT IN DIE SCHULE (AGIDS) and WANDERKLASSE - VEREIN FÜR BAUKULTURVERMITTLUNG.

Concept and production: Dóra Medveczky and Johannes Rips
Photo: Sibylle Bader, Dóra Medveczky, Johannes Rips

Login Lab

Installation for Fuchsbau Festival 2017

With: Eszter Salgó

The Login as the main exhibition hall of festival gave place to an exhibition and sessions on the subject of digitalisation and it’s effects on the individual and the society. The sessions needed a “sacral” space, that is clearly separated from the exhibited objects, yet is an object itself, that invites visitors to explore it. The overlapping lightweight walls of the installation enabled both, by letting through the projected lights of the inside events into the darkness of the hall. The bonfire-like lighting hole in the middle symbolized a well that participants of a session could sit around, thus allowing them to relax. However, it also served as a digital recharging point, that let visitors be phone-free for the time of the session.

Curators: Nina Diel & Adam Łuczak Construction: Dóra Medveczky, Eszter Salgó, Dirk Senftleben Media design: Adam Łuczak, Michał Knychaus, Ula Lucińska, Kuba Matuszczak

thanks to Balázs Tóth, Zoltán Dávid Kalászi, Mátyás Csizsár

Robert Rüf Design

Participation in various projects of Robert Rüf

Team: Robert Rüf, Dóra Medveczky

Photos of selected projects:

  • Ideales Essen Erleben exhibition design (Photo: Dóra Medveczky)
  • Trewit Trax stacking chair (Photo: Erli Grünzweil)
  • Verflochten exhibition design in Furniture Museum Wien, (Photo: Dóra Medveczky)
  • Archiv der Formen exhibition design (Photo: Roswitha Schneider)
  • Vienna Design Week, signage and location design (Photo: Dóra Medveczky)
  • Wien Museum Neidhart Festsaal, exhibition design (Photo: Lisa Rastl)
  • Architekturzentrum Wien, front desk (Photo: Dóra Medveczky)
  • Patscherkofelbahn, furniture collection (Photo: Florian Voggeneder)

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Installation for Hello Wood multidisciplinary art camp

With: Frank Havermans, Márton Kőműves, Silviu Medesan, Dorina Oszetzky, Ayelen Peressini, Alex Rieveley, Maxim Sas

Concept by Frank Havermans

Barn raising - Contemporary couple truss

The bases of contemporary architecture are to be find in rural architecture. Thus, we were studying the library of Csórompuszta,and were analysing construction methods from local rural buildings, especially in the area. We chose two typical elements: the chimney and the truss frames of the (agricultural) houses and translated them to a contemporary form language. Barny is an an abstract building, its three frames raised in a traditional collective way.

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photo: Márton Kőműves

Body Bar / Panorama Peep Hole

Installation for Hello Wood multidisciplinary art camp

With: Suzana Milinovic (TU DELFT), Rufus van den Ban (HP Architects), Joost Wilms, Márton Kőműves, András Ladocsi, Sven Syndicus, Anna Derriks, Cristina Magallón Hernández

Concept by Suzana Milinovic and Rufus van den Ban

“A bar designed around the bodies of a certain number of people that allows only very little movement without accidentally touching your neighbour. It creates those situations in public spaces which can be awkward and pleasant at the same time. (…) The idea is to, in a way, mould the structure around a number of bodies to allow space for people around the bar, under the bar, on top of the bar, space for a very small dance floor and, of course, some space for the bartender. During the building process we decide how to shape the building in order to invite happy accidents and clever solutions.”

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photo: Donát Kékesi, Suzana Milinovic and Márton Kőműves

Nanushka Beta Store

Interior design of the Nanushka Beta Store temporary fashion store

With: Daniel Balo, Zsófi Dobos, Judit Emese Konopas, Noemi Varga

Designing a pop-up store for Nanushka, we had to come up with an idea, that would leave the interior unharmed, operating with a very low budget, completing the whole task within 3 short weeks. The goal was to create an interior, which would be in harmony with the brand’s values. Accordingly, the walls and the ceiling were wrapped with a hanging canvas made of linen, giving the retail space a cave-like atmosphere. The flooring was created by laying out firewood slices and small display stands were built from logs of wood that sprouted from the ground. Linen poufs and balloon lamps, sharing the same cylinder shape strengthened the organic flow of the space, while the strict, geometric forms of the counter and fitting rooms and the rusted steel racks created a firm counterpoint and a calm balance.

Photo: Tamas Bujnovszky