WWTBD – What Would Thomas Bernhard Do. This question is deliberately asked without a question mark, and, as such, no singular answer should be expected. Rather, it leaves room for a wide range of statements, explanations, and interpretations. The ten-day festival at the Kunsthalle Wien focuses on the central issues of our society, and draws on Thomas Bernhard’s tradition of critical, and sometimes unsettling thinking. The festival transposes his thinking to the present, spreading it through a variety of disciplines so as to work towards a productive analysis of the present. WWTBD – What Would Thomas Bernhard Do features contributions from practitioners in the visual arts, music, literature, art theory, sociology, philosophy, and economics; presents, films, performances, and concerts. Every day from two in the afternoon until two o’clock in the morning, a marathon – one without a pre-determined finish line – unfolds. This is framed around a set by American artist Barbara Kruger; an installation by Austrian artist Heinrich Dunst; and the sound piece TONSPUR 53 – related to and inspired by both John Cage and Thomas Bernhard's novel Concrete – by Austrian artist Robert Schwarz. Every day, there will be six to twelve acts of different tempos and tonalities. While these are autonomous, they also form part of a unified overall program, unfolding over the course of the ten-day run of WWTBD – What Would Thomas Bernhard Do. Both the performers – who come together in choreographed sequences and various formats – as well as the audience members, are productively involved in the action. Together, they will open room for interpretation along the fault lines of society. Performances will replace lectures and discussion rounds will be replaced by readings, concerts, talks, and sets by famous DJs.
(taken from the press release)