No insects means no food. – "Go Bugs Go" is a humble attempt to make the world a better place, a drop on the hot stone. Its artistic and political ambition draws from and carries on concepts related to Gordon Matta-Clark’s "Fake Estates" and Joseph Beuys' "7000 Oaks".
Together, as a community, we will buy one patch after the other and give them back to nature. 100,000 of us will jointly own land all over the globe. As each patch will be owned by many of us nobody can disown us to build a highway, to dig for natural resources. No politician will be able to get around our community. We will give the bugs and the birds a chance. We’ll give wildlife a chance. We will give ourselves a chance. Go Bugs Go!
In the summer of 2018, Edgar Honetschläger tended an 8,000 square foot organic vegetable garden in the north of Rome. The harvest of hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, and Mediterranean herbs were turned into 1,500 jars of preserves like sugo, courgettes in olive oil and other delicacies. Neatly packed in silk-screened cardboard boxes including a C-print by the artist and a certificate the packages will serve as an incentive to become a stake-holder of the non-profit organisation GOBUGSGO and therefore a landowner.
The Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz is proudly hosting the initial presentations of this megalomaniac project. 1,500 jars will be lined up in a 100-meter long installation and packed by a group of “Buggies” in a performance while Edgar Honetschläger will hold a lecture about the project.
Edgar Honetschläger had solo exhibitions at Casino Luxembourg, Belvedere21 Vienna, Kunsthalle Brandts Odense Denmark, Sagatcho Exhibit Space Tokyo, Upper Austria Landesmuseum Linz and Kunsthalle Krems, among others. Participations in documenta X, MUDAM Luxembourg, Hammer Museum Los Angeles and Kunsthalle Wien. His films have been shown at the Berlinale, the Viennale and at numerous international film festivals. Currently Honetschläger lives between Rome and Vienna.
On 4th of December there will be an opening of an exhibition of Honetschläger's works related to the project and nature