What Where is a new project by the Department of Ultimology, commissioned by steirischer herbst, Volksfronten 2018 and taking place at Grazer Kunstverein from 20 September to 16 November 2018. The project emerged from the establishment of an Ultimology Working Group in collaboration with artists/researchers Nina Höchtl and Julia Wieger.
As a methodology for creative and critical analysis, Ultimology is being applied to the cultural calendars of the people of Graz and Styria, Austria, in an attempt to measure the relationships individuals have with specific moments, events, traditions, rituals and practices unique to their environment. For example the project studies, amongst other things, the maintenance of traditional Styrian costumes (Trachten). As part of the resulting research based installation, a tailor-made questionnaire is available for visitors to reflect on folk or cultural elements specific to their own experience. Influenced by the structuring power of the seasons, the project takes its title from the last known play by Samuel Beckett, commissioned by steirischer herbst festival in 1983.