Special exhibition: HAND WERK ZEUG / March 23 – June 11, 2019 / Werkraumhaus

Photo: Roswitha Schneider


March 23 – June 11, 2019


How do users and craftspeople enter into a dialogue via an object, ideally on an equal basis? What connects them? What relationships bind craftspeople together? What remains stored as history in an object of utility? On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald all member firms were invited to choose and present something “handcrafted” from the workshop of another craftsperson.


The chosen objects might have been a deliberate purchase, a gift, or an exchange. Primary relevance was placed on their history as a piece of handicraft and their relation to the workshop where they were produced. The objects are agents, variously transporting reciprocal esteem, regional value creation, and social and economic interrelations – and thus the fields of cooperative action – in the Werkraum Bregenzerwald and beyond. The presentation on a long table enables the objects to enter into dialogue with one another, as though round a table commune, a communal table. The comments and stories relating to the objects – which can be accessed through an audio guide – convey the multiformity and heterogeneity of the cooperative activities.


Martin Bereuter, craftsman and chairman of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald, tells you more about the exhibition in the audio guide (only German available): Kapitel 01_Informationen zur Ausstellung (Chapter 01_Information on the Exhibition).


Idea and concept

Martin Bereuter


Project management, exhibition organisation and sound recordings

Andrea Masal, Pia Ammann


Exhibition design and realisation

Martin Bereuter, Georg Bechter


Sound technics and editing

Martin Beck, Michael Summer


Audio guide



Dialogue Workshop


Photo: Roswitha Schneider


November 17, 2018 – June 11, 2019

Werkraumhaus in Andelsbuch



The Werkraum Bregenzerwald  is a cooperative consisting of more than ninety regional craft companies. On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, the association is setting up a review and preview of its activities in a DIALOGUE WORKSHOP.


The DIALOGUE WORKSHOP offers a public discussion forum on the craft cooperative’s current fields of activity. The association’s previous and also future development will be discussed in dialogue format in the context of the region and within a general sustainable development of crafts and society heading towards a social and ecological change. With an eye on the future, light will also be shed on where the member enterprises see themselves positioned at the interface between handicraft, the building trade, arts & crafts, manufacture and producer, and what this signifies for design, education and the market as fields of action.


As background programme, the Werkraumhaus is showing exhibitions and presentations of past and present cooperative projects.


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