Frauenmuseum Bonn: The Elder Poem & The Goddesses Temple

Federica Matta: THE GODDESSES TEMPLE, drawings mounted on card, installation Based on her drawings for the goddess books of THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK (Verlag für Moderne Kunst Vienna), Federica Matta has developed a fantastical temple of the goddesses including figures, a Neolithic longhouse, animals, ceramics and mythical creatures. The imaginary realm of the goddesses that…

Summary of the project phase I + II

Die Entzündung der Phantasie – Die Erde lesen In the following report you will find an overview of the various public and internal events from the start of the project in 2018 to October 2020, a brief insight into the goddess books and the individual reports on the respective research projects of the participating researchers…


An introduction to the area by the Alberndorf hunters’ association Robert Diem and Karl Koran followed by a collective performance, a land art theater about the relationship between the goddess Holle or Holly and their tree in the country around Hollabrunn with Elisabeth von Samsonow, crew and Dorfmusik Hadres on7th of August 2021, 10.00 am,…


Talk with Johannes Autrieth (organic viticulture and organic humus management Hadres), Heinrich Ledebur (permaculture farmer, Pulkau, Franz North (Edenhof Hadres) and Ines Fritz (professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, former rector), Students of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. on 10th of July 2021, 10.00 am Johannes Autrieth has…


Workshop and discussion with Josef Widl (arable farmer and shaman, Untermarkersdorf) and Bernhard Schmid (Schmid Vine Nursery, Hadres) , followed by music with Bernhard Schmid and Dorfmusik Hadres on 12th of June 2021, 02.00 pm Josef Widl has a very large arable farm in the Pulka Valley and plans to convert gradually to agroforestry or…

WASSER Brunnenbohrung

WATER Well drilling Talk with Roman Wittmann (Hadres postal worker and geologist), Ruth Le Gear (water expert, artist “celestial waters”, Ireland), Bernhard Schmid (Schmid Vine School, Hadres Water Group) at 12th of June 2021, 10.00 am Water plays a key role in all thinking on the theme of climate change. The real retreat of water…


A series of events in the in-situ parliament on the Toter Mann in Alberndorf/ Pulkautal A collateral project of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 PLANET LOVE CLIMATE CARE SOIL NOT OIL (Vandana Shiva): A series of talks, workshops and artistic actions on the theme of permaculture and solidarity farming, climate change and water, on…

Learning to speak with Earth

A series of Story-Telling events by and with ZONKEY (Angela Melitopoulos und Kerstin Schroedinger) in the yurt on the Toten Mann in Alberndorf in the Pulkautal. With Omnia Sabry (artist, Kairo), Renate Ganser (herbalist, Wien), Barbara Glowczewski (anthropologist, Paris) The starting point are the musical experiments of the music project ‘Learning to Speak with Earth’…


The CLOSING EXHIBITION planned for 2022 will draw a visual, auditory and synaesthetic cartography of the research results of the Dissident Goddess Network until 2022, which have been developed in various artistic and scientific formats.


in the context of The Dissident’ Goddesses’ Network   Students at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Class of Elisabeth von Samsonow Co-curated by Kate Strain Smolka Contemporary Wien This exhibition starts with the simple theory that art specialises in perception. So what form of perception is needed to respond appropriately to the ecological and…

Matri-Linear B

Matri-Linear B is an audiovisual art research project about the forms of expression and functions of the earth’s surface, shown as a video installation within the context of the larger research project Contemporary Prehistories – Dissident Goddesses.

The Yurt on the Toter Mann site

At the end of project phase I, the TDGN team are breaking new ground in research and in the presentation and communication of results. The objective of the project is both to realize transformations and stimulations in relation to the remarkable archaeological collection of Venus figures in Lower Austria and to expand the network, further…

The opening of the yurt on 15.8.2020

From the “Toter Mann” site you can see the whole of the Pulkautal valley, from Manhartsberg to the Pollauer mountains Representatives of the research project came together with mayor Christian Hartmann and farmers and hunters from Alberndorf and Hadres for the opening of the yurt on 15.8.2020 Students from the Academy of Fine Arts presented…

Speech by curator Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein

When the museum reopens on Wednesday, May 20th, you will also be able to visit Löss – Eine Frau in der Landschaft. In the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19, this exhibition brings to our minds the utopia of a post-Anthropocene, in which tomorrow could be different from today – and must be different from today.

The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network CORONA STATEMENT

Elisabeth von Samsonow The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network CORONA STATEMENT The Dissident Goddesses‘ Network views the current global situation from the perspective of a – not new – radical need for socio-ecological change and reorientation. The current crisis is a crisis of life. During this period of deep exhaling, the current condition and fragility of planetary…

The Dissident Goddesses Network Research Lectures

The Dissident Goddesses Network Research Lectures Im Rahmen des KUV-Projekts Matri Linear B lädt Angela Melitopoulos zu drei Vorträgen mit Forschern aus dem Netzwerk der Dissidentinnengöttinnen ein, die den aktuellen Stand ihrer Arbeit vorstellen werden. Datum | 10.12.2019 – 12.12.2019 Ort | The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Kopenhagen, Philip de Langes Allé 10,…

Loess – A Woman in the Landscape

Loess – A Woman in the Landscape Elisabeth von Samsonow Curated by Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein Donnerstag, 14. Mai 2020, um 15:00 Uhr THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES NETWORK lädt zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien. The opening will be live-streamed. The exhibition highlights the relationship between wo/man and landscape. A female figure strolls through Loess hills…

Ida-Marie Corell – Goddess in Practice

Ida-Marie Corell – Goddess in Practice Ritual Sound Lecture Performance THE DISSIDENT GODDESSES’ NETWORK Livestream 30th of April, about 8PM – 1st of May about 5AM / From Twilight to Twilight. The Dissident Goddesses´ Network would like to invite you to another “Goddess in Practice Ritual Performance” by Ida-Marie Corell (IM©). IM©´s performance series tries…


What could be worse than that of being a fallen angel and becoming human? Who would do that? Who would choose to forgo their divinity, a secure place in heaven (never to return) to become a mere being of flesh and blood?

Interview: Gabriele Rath-Schneider

Gabriele Rath-Schneider, entrepreneur for advertising and consultant, Großengersdorf How do you think the role of women will develop? My two grandmothers were extremely independent women – they both had husbands who had been in the First World War and, I think, came home emotionally broken, more or less. These women carried their families through World…

Interview: Elisabeth Himmelbauer

Elisabeth Himmelbauer, organic winemaker, Untermarkersdorf Has the role of the farmer’s wife changed? Yes, for sure. For example, today decisions on the farm are made jointly. Of course, there are still farms where the man does it alone – or where the woman does it alone too. But on most farms, men and women now…

Interview: Victoria and Sandra Hochmayer

The twins Viktoria and Sandra Hochmayer, students, Hadres   Viktoria Hochmayer, student on the wine economics FH degree course How do you think the role of women has changed in the last 100 years? What are your ideas about the current role model of women? Well, it has never happened to me personally that I…

The Gender

A SYSTEMATIC ATTEMPT TO THINK GENDER IN PHYLOGENETIC TERMS   Keywords: mother animal, mother human, collective epistemology, species, genus, eidos.   Gender placement. Gender: ‘Late Middle English: from Old French gendre (modern genre), based on Latin genus ‘birth, family, nation’. The earliest meanings were ‘kind, sort, genus’ and type or class of noun, etc.’ (which…


About the shape and form of enlarged female markings in Palaeolithic figurines. Keywords: prehistoric figurines, externalization, artefacts, art objects, form, shape, representation order. The first human representations in history are female figurines. This work intends to focus particularly on this fact. A large number of sculptures with female characteristics ranging from 3.5cm to 22cm is…

Diagram of matrixial phylogenesis

Diagram of matrixial phylogenesis The goal of this diagram is to provide a diagrammatic illustration of interior relations and their onto-ecological status, in which the interior is to be determined as the environment of relations. Keywords: ecological relations, interior world, bond system, intranscendence, interior relations, endo-escalation *The matrixial describes a self-contained and infinite superordinate genus…

Lecture #4

Freitag, 31. Jänner 2020, um 18.00 Uhr, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Mehrzwecksaal, 2.OG,
Lehargasse 8, Eintritt frei
Ein dreiteiliges Abendprogramm, gewidmet der FANNY vom GALGENBERG

Lecture #3

The Dissident Goddesses’ Lecture #3
Montag, 7. Oktober, um 18.30 Uhr, NHM, Naturhistorisches Museum – Eintritt frei

Kick off Krems

The first meeting of the researchers and artists of The Dissident Goddesses’ Network took place in Krems from March 3 to March 5, 2019. In addition to the core team, a number of members of the Scientific Advisory Board were present, who also gave short exciting lectures on their research areas. It was a great…

Hadres Retreat

Hadres Retreat May 16–18, 2019 The first retreat in Hadres, Lower Austria, brought together a smaller project group for a concentrated discussion. Controversially discussed topics were the notion of the goddess as a research perspective and the characterizing approach already in the project title. Against the background of the Gaia debate, which has gained an…

Lecture #1

The Dissident Goddesses’ Lecture #1 Blickle Kino im Belvedere 21, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna Friday, April 12, 2019, 5 pm Moderatior: Ute Burkhardt-Bodenwinkler The Dissident Goddesses’ Lectures explore the subject of the goddess through lectures, performances and experiments by scientists and artists. The lectures are part of The Dissident Goddesses’ Network, a project of the…

The Matrixiale

Starting from the category “the Matrixiale” or “the set of all kinds of mothers”, my research faces the challenge to take a closer look at the phenomenon / signifier goddesses. Under goddesses here the sacred female is understood or a genus determined by the developmental force or creative and creative power, to which the numinous is attributed.

The Goddesses’ Books

The Goddess Books form an important communicative instrument combining the scientific, artistic, and regional dimensions of this project. The small, beautifully designed books support the project in making its results and archeological finds known to a broad public in Lower Austria.

Goddesses in South Asia

The metropolitan hybridization and, presentification of 33 Million gods and goddesses, in South Asia, are stabilized by strict hierarchy—this cathexis by division of labor and status, as it were, are constructed and conciliated in the complex and interpenetrating binary and rivalry of great goddesses and, minor mother deities, while the high pantheon is male focalized.

Interview Series

The interview series, which is part of the project Contemporary Prehistory, is intended to reflect a contemporary view of the lives of women in rural structures as they still largely exist in the Weinviertel.

Prehistory by Feminism

The invention of prehistory is present as a crucial question in contemporary debates and exhibition practices. The Haus der Kulturen Welt in Berlin dedicated a show to A Neolithic Childhood and the Centre Pompidou in Paris displayed the encounter zone between prehistory and art at the beginning of the twentieth century in 2019’s La Préhistoire, un Enigme, asking all the right questions.


This project goes back to the origins of art, of architecture. Fascinating, distant ancestors; the absolute perfection, spatial dimension, everything was already there, they had already achieved and presented everything.

Lecture #2

The Dissident Goddesses’ Lecture #2
MAK Vortragssaal, MAK Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien Samstag, 20. Juli 2019, 19 Uhr, Eintritt frei
Heide Göttner-Abendroth: Matriarchat heute und morgen.


Wo sind die Göttinnen? In welchen Wirklichkeiten, in welcher Form erscheinen sie? Die Göttinnen sind als Kultbild/Kultfigur in der Kulturgeschichte in einer mannigfaltigen Form von Erzählungen, Fabeln, Narrativen, Mythen, Märchen und religiösen Kulten etc. aufgetreten