The Hidden Cameras
A street parade with The Hidden Cameras! After gathering in the courtyard of the WUK venue in the afternoon, the band takes off with their classic „Breathe On It“ while walking down a cobbled road. Some passers-by join in with their kids, who may not have been able to sing along, but consequently follow Canada-born and currently Berlin-based Joel Gibb and his orchestra throughout the song. The way back is the right time for „Underage“, a song from the 2009-release „Origin: Orphan“. A young girl hears the music from the other side of the street and dances along while waiting at a tram stop. Cars stop to give way to the singing, playing and jumping 10-piece band. A final honk marks the end of this little street party.
Wuk is short for Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus (Workshop and Culture House) – is not only a venue for concerts. The brick building with its charmingly sleazy cobbled courtyard hosts 130 groups and initiatives, which produce all kinds of non-mainstream-art. The cultural center is subsidised by the City of Vienna, but the groups work autonomously and self-governed. Apart from the concert hall, studios and workshops there is also a café with a nice outdoor area in the WUK courtyard and a self-help bicycle repair shop. The 19th century building was originally used as a factory for train engines. In 1884, the Technologisches Gewerbemuseum (Technologic Trade Museum) moved into today’s WUK and turned it into a place of science, education and exhibitions with the purpose to keep the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy up-to-date in questions of technological development. The monarchy was more than half a century gone when there were still engineers trained in Währinger Straße 59. In 1981, the building was handed over to an association of alternative Viennese artist, teachers, students and other activists.