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Radical aesthetics and the consequences of extreme events

Curated by: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman


An exhibition project at KUNSTRAUM NIEDEROESTERREICH 25 09 - 05 12 2015

and in the public space of Vienna with projects in collaboration with TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien and WUK.performing.arts


ARTISTS   Exhibition * Workshops & Interventiones * Performance * Sound






Abu Hamdan is an artist with a background in DIY music and as such his work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015 Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial and the International film festival Rotterdam. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, Casco, Utrecht, Beirut in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.


  INES DOUJAK & John Barker (AT/GB)


Ines Doujak and John Barker live in London and Vienna, and work together through a common interest in the political dimension of cultural exchanges. Since 2010 they have collaborated on exhibitions like "The Beast and the Sovereign," MACBA, Barcelona (2015); "Ape Culture," HKW, Berlin (2015); "Universes in Universe," Biennial São Paulo (2014); "Not Dressed for Conquering," Royal College of Art, London (2013); "Garden of Learning," Busan Biennale, Korea (2012).

Barker is a writer, essayist and performer who, since the 1970s, has been focused on economics, geopolitical dynamics and the exploitation of labour.

Doujak is a feminist artist who uses various media. She received two research grants from the Austrian Science Fund Loomshuttles / Warpaths (2010-2014), an extensive study of textiles to investigate their global history characterized by cultural, class, and gender conflict; and Utopian Pulse: Flares in the Darkroom (together with Oliver Ressler 2013 -2015) which resulted in an exhibition in the Secession, Vienna (2014) and a publication (Pluto Press, London).



Earth Sensing Association /

Nabil Ahmed (BD/GB)


Ahmed is a writer, artist and researcher. His work explores the politics of environmental violence mainly in South and South East Asia. He has written for the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Third Text, Volume, Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, and for many other publications. More recently he has participated in the Taipei Biennale (2012), Cuenca Biennale (2014) and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), and Shanghai Study Centre. He is co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound arts organization based in London. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. He teaches at the School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University. Earth Sensing Association is a research organisation initiated by Ahmed in collaboration with The Showroom for the diffusion of knowledge at the intersection of environmental change, conflict and cultural production.



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Farocki was born in the German-annexed Czechoslovakia in 1944 and became one of the most prominent and subversive artists of our times. In 1966, he was expelled from the German Cinematic and Television Academcy (dffb) in Berlin for political reasons. He realized over a hundred productions for video and cinema and had numerous gallery and museum shows including documenta 12 (Deep Play). He authored and editied the influential Filmkritik magazine. His writings include Speaking about Godard (1988-9) and Serious Games. War I Media I Art (2011). He was visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1993-99), and a full professor at the Academy of fine arts Vienna from 2006 to his death in 2014.




Feuerstein is an artist and author in the fields of fine art and media art. His work comprises installations, objects, drawings, paintings, photographs, videos, radio plays and net art under the umbrella of an artistic method he calls "conceptual narration," with which he investigates the interplay between verbal and visual elements, the possibilities of algorithmic art, the latent connections between fact and fiction and the interaction between art and science. hD in art history and philosophy from the University of Innsbruck and assignments as lecturer and visiting professor at the University for Applied Arts Vienna, Bern University of the Arts, F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign Zurich, University of Innsbruck, Applied Science University Vorarlberg, Mozarteum Salzburg.



Susan Schuppli, Eyal Weizman et. al


Forensic Architecture is a research project based at Goldsmiths, University of London. The project has assembled a team of architects, artists, filmmakers, activists, and theorists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums.




Goestl is a net pioneer who has accumulated an extensive Web Art dossier. She works in the fields of audiovisual live performance and digital video, develops interactive applications and utilizes series, sequences, modulations and loops, superpositions, cut-ups and electronic impulses as well as the effects of an inappropriate use of technological tools. The essential aspects of her artistic work are rhythm, dynamics, movement and temporality, communicative interfaces and semiotic systems, which she interlaces with sex positivity and queer discourses. The aim of her work is to reconfigure body images by a radical subversion of normative codes. Her exhibitions, installations, interventions and performances took place in many different locations around the world: on streets, in sub-cultural venues as well as in museums, galleries and on the Internet.





Hameed is a writer and artist who explores historical and contemporary borders and migration. She is currently writing a monograph entitled Walter Benjamin and the Black Atlantis. She has presented her work at the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the Städelschule Frankfurt, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is the Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art and History of Art and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University, London.




Kessler explores the concept and history of nature within the Western context of capitalism, humanism, and representation. In his photographs, computer-generated landscapes and installations he works within the historical interface between the private living room and the public room of the natural order. Between memory and its image, authenticity and alienation, he exposes how human intervention reconstructs the natural.



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Lombardi (1951-2000) was an American neo-conceptual artist. He became known for his sociogrammatic Narrative Structures, drawings that documented alleged political and financial frauds, which he realized with painstaking, precise and time-consuming research into the relations and associations of power brokers. After his death, international anti-corruption agencies as well as the FBI expressed substantial interest in his work and his archive.




Mattes studies arts and digital media at the academy of fine arts in Vienna. In 2007 she finished her studies in the department of film and video in Stuttgart. In her video works, archives and pictures are deconstructed to remain afterwards in a new context as basement for some individual storytelling. The viewer steps into a world of fragments that once had their own entireness and now have new connections and narratives, moving in the tension between documentary and fiction. The real, cinematic and virtual space is reviewed, but also the question of their overlapping. A search within socio-cultural developments, economic and political conditions and current production of images.




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Pereira is an architect and researcher. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London and an M.Arch from the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is the coordinator of History and Theory at the M.Arch Urban Design program at the Bartlett, where he also leads the Axiomatic Earth design studio. His research "The Underground Frontier" investigates political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources. He is the editor of the book Savage Objects.




Stockburger is an artist and theorist who engages with the complex cultural, social and political effects of contemporary media environments. He studied Visual Media Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and lived in London between 2000 and 2006 where he completed his PhD at the University of the Arts London. During this period he was part of the media art group D-Fuse. After moving back to Vienna in 2006 he took up the position of an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Art Vienna. His video works and installations are shown internationally. In 2014, the artist book Blockbuster was published by Revolver Publishing, Berlin.




Technopolitics describes the attempt to develop a theoretical framework that provides an understanding of complex and multilayered historic developments and their interplay. Initially developed by Brian Holmes and Armin Medosch in 2009, the Technopolitics research group was formed in 2011 and has since organized talks and discussion events. The core group consists of Medosch, Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Felix Stalder, Axel Stockburger, and Ina Zwerger. Joint performances by Technopolitics include Coded Cultures 2011 and ViennaOpen 2014 and 2015. Tracing Information Society – A Technopolitics Timeline traces the evolution of the information age. The Technopolitics research group conceives of the Timeline as a medium for addressing complex historic relationships visually. It is used as an artistic device to draw attention to the various genealogies of the information society. Contributors (to date): John Barker, Sylvia Eckermann, Doron Goldfarb, Armin Medosch, Gerald Nestler, Felix Stalder, Axel Stockburger, Thomas Taler, Matthias Tarasiewicz and Ina Zwerger. Graphic design by Fatih Aydogdu.















UBERMORGEN. lizvlx (AT) and Hans Bernhard (CH/USA). UBERMORGEN was founded in 1999 in the boom time of the Internet and works in the fields of conceptual software art, digital actionism, video and installation. A further emphasis is on art and institutional critique. Biographies of both artists can be found on their homepage. It remains open, however, whether the information shared is real.



Workshops & Interventions




Bunting is a co-founder of both and sport-art movements and banned for life from entering the USA for his anti genetic and border-crossing work. His self taught and authentically independent work is uncomplicated and direct and has never been awarded a prize. He aspires to be a skilful member of the public and is currently training artists in survival techniques so they can out-live the organized crime networks during the final crisis.



Pablo Chieregin (IT/AT)


Chiereghin studied fine art in Bologna, Italy and works in photography, objects, actionism and performance. He has shown his work in exhibitions at the Italian Cultural Institute, Vienna; 4e7artforum, Vienna; Max Lust Gallery, Vienna; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna; das weisse haus, Vienna; Künstlerhaus Wien, the Triest Biennale; the Kunstverein Schattendorf; and MiCamera Gallery, Milan.




Garnicnig works use technical media and spatial constellations as modes of investigating aesthetic phaenomena and ideological transformations introduced by the integration of technologies in art, nature and society. He is one of the founders of the Bregenz Biennale, co-editor of, the para-academic journal for thinking through media, and the very artistic director of the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien.


hoelb/hoeb (AT)


Barbara Hölbling and Mario Höber have been working as an artist duo under the name of hoelb/hoeb since 2000. Focusing on inter- and transdisciplinary projects they pursue the goal of generating communication spaces, for instance Close Link at the steirischer herbst in Graz, Austria, in which they engaged with people in unusual states of consciousness. hoelb: Barbara Hoelbling studied stage design at the University of Graz and theater, film and media sciences at the University of Vienna. hoeb: Mario Hoeber studied stage design at the University of Graz and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.





Heistinger lives and works in Vienna and Amsterdam. He studied at the Academy of fine arts Vienna and the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. While his works consistently reference the economic and media conditions of perception, media-anthropological metanarratives have come to the fore in his latest exhibitions. Among other shows he presented works at Dienstag Abend, The Mews Project, London, 2013; ©2013, Mauve, Vienna;

2 REAL, Memphis, Linz, 2014.



Elvedin Klacar (AT)


Klačar studied at the Academy of fine arts Vienna and at the École supérieure des beaux-arts de Marseille. He constructs simple and playful action-confrontation spaces in order to scrutinize spatial circumstances, social behavior, claims to property and power as well as societal systems.



Luksch is a intermedia artist whose practice interrogates conceptions of progress through devising tools and frameworks and instigating processes with a strong emphasis on research and and collaboration – often with groups whose experience and expertise is under-recognised.

Her focus is on the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space, and political structures, and specifically possible futures of infrastructures, the thresholds and constraints of public space, and the traces of data that accumulate in digital networked societies. She is founding director of ambientTV.NET, a crucible for independent, interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art, technology and social criticism.




LINK  ·  Intervention

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IGOR VAMOS / The Yes Man (USA)


(alias "Mike Bonanno") Vamos lives in Albany, New York and teaches video and media arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His work takes the form of strategic interventions in public sites and electronic networks, and experimental films that borrow from conventions of the documentary. Since the early nineties, his various interventions, created in collaboration with such activist groups as ®™ark or Yes Men, have met with critical acclaim.



As an artist and researcher, Wuschitz focuses on new and emerging forms of DIY culture, feminism and hacktivism. She holds MAs from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and NYU ITP, New York and a PhD from the Vienna University of Technology. She founded the feminist hackerspace Miss Baltazar's Laboratory during a digital arts residency in Sweden.









Since the mid 1990s the Internet has impacted Endlicher's practice: She builds frameworks for Internet Art works and performances, but lets real-time data be the lead for their choreographies. She extracts rule sets from the Web and repurposes them for installations. Her videos often feature characters depicting anthropomorphized code. Endlicher's work is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and the ursula blickle videoarchiv at the Belvedere (Vienna), and has been exhibited and performed in venues such as transmediale, Siggraph, and ISEA as well as the xMPL/Contemporary Art Center in Irivne, the CCA in Warsaw, and Postmasters Gallery in NY. She lives in New York and Vienna.







Hazler is a dancer and choreographer who lives in Vienna. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University, Virginia, USA (2008) and a BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Dance Centre in London, GB (2008). Since 2010 she has been running the open program platform Raw Matters – Ein ungeschliffener Performance Abend (with Nanina Kotlowski). She held the danceWeb-scholarship of Impulstanz festival Vienna (2011) and was awarded a residency grant of the Austrian minsitry for art and culture to participate at the international forum of the Theatertreffen der Berliner Festspiele (2013).




As a kid Frans Poelstra stared more into the waters of the canals in Amsterdam than being at school. He still hasn’t got a degree, but he kept his dreams. Dreams of being the next Jimi Hendrix, but he had no talent to play the guitar, so he decided to work in the theatre, the place where you can dream on a professional level. First he worked as a technician, later on as a performer. For him, performing is a matter of keeping channels open – in order to think, to listen and to dream, without taking any responsibility for form, structure or interpretation. As a performer he wants to dance through all possible virtual realities of thoughts and associations. He also works as a choreographer.








Growing up in Vienna Volkmar Klien spent his childhood engulfed in the city's rich musical life with all its glorious traditions and engrained rituals. Working from this background Volkmar Klien today strives to extend traditional practices of composing, producing and listening far beyond the established settings of concert music. He works in various areas of the audible and occasionally inaudible arts navigating the manifold links in-between the different modes of human perception, the spheres of presentation and the roles these play in the communal generation of meaning. He is a professor of composition at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz.




Szely Szely studied at the Institute for Electro-acoustic and Electronic Music, Vienna. He works in the fields of sound-architecture and -installation, intermedia art, composition, radio art, sound environments for theatre, concerts and performances, and acoustic interventions in public space. Since 2003, he has been in charge of the sound architecture and the sound direction for the series TONSPUR for a public space, a project by TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien.