SoS - State of Sabotage
50% art
50% state

“SoS – State of Sabotage” was founded by Austrian artist Robert Jelinek four years ago. A real state, but one that is everywhere: a territorial phantom then, a state with no defined territory. SoS citizens are nomadic groups. Wherever “SoS – State of Sabotage” manifests itself – from Australia to Austria – it undermines existing systems by cancelling state-controlled land-holdings and frontiers.
During steirischer herbst, an SoS consulate will open in The Theatre at Karmeliterplatz and a city-centre car parking spot will be converted into the official consulate car park, for free use by SoS citizens using a specially created parking-meter. By installing official signs indicating “Except SoS state vehicles”, the urban and state territory will be re-marked. The SoS car park is a shift of state borders (Austria), a new state marker (SoS), and artistic sculpture by Robert Jelinek: a transnational entrance on national territory.
During the festival you can apply for citizenship at the SoS consulate in the festival centre.

21/09 - 14/10
Consulate car park of SoS state
Karmeliterplatz /

Fri 21/09, 9.30 pm
Inauguration of the car park

Sat 22/09, 2 - 4 pm
Business hours with the founder of the state,
Robert Jelinek (A)
The Theatre

22/09 - 12/10
Consulate in The Theatre
Business hours
Mon, Wed & Fri 2 - 4 pm

Sun 14/10, 11.30 am
Disassembly of the car park

Information about applying for SoS citizenship:

The Theatre / Karmeliterplatz
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