wir_hier is a media project with long-term detainees at a state prison in Vienna, Austria. The performing artist and stage director Beate Goebel launched the initiative program in 2003 with the aim to support artistic potential that has so far been neglected and carry creative work out into public space.

The working group comprises of

Laurent Ziegler (photography / video), Michael Zagorski (graphic design / animation), Markus Raffelsberger (graphic design / animation), Helmut Prochart (webdesign), Maria Pointner (costumes)

wir_hier organizes acting workshops inside the prison and stages small theatre plays, produces audio plays, a DVD with performance work and distributes a selection of art work printed on t-shirts and consumer bags. Regular exhibitions (photography / mixed media) and lectures on any given situation seek to inform the public on the situation of prison inmates and cause public awareness.

The project is supported by the Federal Chancellary of Austria and the Vienna city council. wir_hier received the Sozialmarie Award 2007 to honour innovative and creative social projects and went 4th place at the annual "Innovationspreis der freien Kulturszene Wien".

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