The Ian Fays
University of Vienna, 2011
“If you planned this, you did it perfectly!”, Lizz Fay says to us when she sees the pink and yellow walls in the hallways of the main building of the University of Vienna. „These are our favourite colours!” When we meet in early January the three sisters just arrive from a radio interview at FM4, where they must have told them that we choose the locations for our sessions specific to each band. Well, let’s say, we try to, but our research usually does not go as deep to fit the wall colours to the band’s preferences. Luckily enough the setting in the university – surrounded by statues of wise old men – is perfect for the San Francisco-based band and they treat us with wonderful acoustic versions of “Country” from their new album “Jensen’s Camera” and the great unreleased song “Red Waves” (“This one’s a little bit experimental”, Sara smilingly introduces it. Experiment successful, we’d say!).
University of Vienna
Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna is not only the oldest still existing university in German-speaking countries, but with 86.000 students also the biggest one. The main building is located on Ringstraße in close proximity to all the other monumental 19th-century landmarks (such as the Burgtheater, Town Hall, Parliament, etc.). Not every student has to pass through the gates of the 1884-opened main building every day, though, as departments are spread across the city, with notable concentrations in the newer NIG and on the campus grounds of the former main hospital. In October 2009, the Auditorium Maximum (Audimax) of the University of Vienna was the main site of huge student protests against educational policy, with students occupying the lecture hall, organising work groups, talks and cultural programmes for two months.