Stadtwerkstatt (STWST) is a cultural center in Linz - Austria which was founded as an artists collective in 1979. As early adopter in the context of new media it has a history of meaningful projects since the 80ties. Today Stadtwerkstatt is the residency for three initiatives grown out from this timeperiode. All of them are taking important roles in the production of artists and citizen generated content. Each initiative has developed its own „hands on“ approach over the past years. The cultural center includes the initiative Stadtwerkstatt itself, which consists of four departments (New Art Contexts, Discursive Media Channels, Club Culture, Cafe Strom). The initiative servus.at runs its own cultural Data Center, produces and features Art dedicated to Hacktivism, Open Culture and critical engineering. Radio FRO, the free radio is producing and archiving austrian-wide civil radioshows. The house Stadtwerkstatt as a greater collective of all resident initiatives is operating as a networked society not getting tired questioning the current situation of networked disasters by experimenting with and for alternatives.
Martin Wassermair erstellte das Video Die Anfänge der Linzer Stadtwerkstatt - Gudrun Bielz im Gespräch im Channel Stadtwerkstatt