Bezirksmuseum Josefstadt, 2011

After having spent some time as a rambling’ man between Cardiff, London, Osaka, Vienna and Reykjavik and finishing the debut album in Sigur Ros’ swimming pool/recording studio in Iceland, Bensh comes by his home country Austria. Bensh is staying over at his brother’s place and we meet him and his bandmates Sion and Sevo just across the street in the courtyard of a small museum. A woman working at the museum wants to convince us first to do the filming session inside, so that she could make the unknown museum be seen. When Bensh explains with his likeable smile that they do actually prefer performing outside – despite the dankness and smell of snow -, she then diligently puts a small poster of the current exhibition (of Hans Kelsen, who was the architect of Austria’s federal constitution) next to the keyboard. Once the poster is placed and the tambourine wrapped in a scarf, the band goes for a wonderful performance of the elated “Odd One In” and the melancholic “Hard Rain”.

Sarah Brugner
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Sarah Brugner
Simon Brugner

Bezirksmuseum Josefstadt

The Bezirksmuseum Josefstadt deals with the local history of Vienna’s 8th district. It might not be on the common visitors routes, but if you have some time and want to step out of the tourist rush it is certainly not the worst place to head for – and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the Rathaus. Quietly located in a beautiful historic building (Schmidgasse 18) the museum shows around 20.000 exhibits on some 650 m² and gives a good overview about the past days of the bourgeois, yet also bohemian Josefstadt. Expect historical maps, development plans, memorabilia of outstanding local personalities (mayors, architects, artists, etc) and an appraisal of the neighborhood as a mecca of „Kaffeehaus“ culture. Every district in Vienna has its own Bezirksmuseum. Apart from documenting a district’s past, they also organise temporary exhibitions and occasional events.