Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein

(Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies)

Professor of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna’s Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies. Research interests: art studies, feminist performative theory and artistic practice, production of body and space. Board member of mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna. Deputy Director of the Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Publications (selection)

Renate Bertlmann. Discordo Ergo Sum (Hrsg.), Österreichische Pavillon-Biennale Arte di Venezia 2019 (exh. cat.) Vienna: Verlag für moderne Kunst 2019.
Self-Timer Stories (ed.). Vienna: Schlebrügge.Editor 2015.
Self-Timer Stories (ed.), Austrian Cultural Forum New York (exh. cat.). Salzburg: Anton Pustet Verlag 2014.
Performing the Sentence. Research and Teaching in Performance Art, co-edited with Carola Dertnig. Berlin: Sternberg Press 2014.
Performanz and the räumlichen Bedingungen. Perspektiven a Kunstgeschichte (Hrsg.). Vienna: Böhlau Verlag 2012.


Elisabeth von Samsonow

(Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies)

Elisabeth von Samsonow is an artist; she is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, visiting professor at Bauhaus University Weimar (2012), and member of GEDOK München. Her international exhibitions and curatorial work, teaching and research focus on philosophy and history in relation to a theory of collective memory; on the relationship between art, psychology, and politics throughout history until today; on the theory and history of the image of women or female identification (Young Girl studies), sacred androgyny, and the modern “disintegration of the self.” Her oeuvre includes sculpture, performance, painting, and video. She explores the systematic and symbolic place of female sculpture in the artistic canon and the ecological aesthetic or geo-logic of bodies.

Publications (selection)

Epidemic Subjects. Radical Ontologies (Hrsg.), Zürich: Diaphanes 2017; Egon Schiele als Sammler (ed.), Weitra: Bibliothek der Provinz 2016; Egon Schiele Sanctus Franciscus Hystericus, Wien: Passagen 2012; Egon Schiele: Ich bin die Vielen, Wien: Passagen 2010; Anti Elektra. Totemismus und Schizogamie, Zürich: Diaphanes 2007 (French: L’anti-Electre. totémisme et schizogamie, trans. Béatrice Durand, Genf: MétisPresse 2015, Englisch: Anti-Elektroden. Das radikale Totem des Mädchens, trans. Anita Fricek und Stephen Zepke, Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press 2019).

Exhibitions (selection)

2019: The Parents’ Bedroom Show (with Juergen Teller, Spazio Ridotto Venice) curated by Christian Bauer; 2018: SEX (Taxispalais Innsbruck) curated by Nina Tabassomi; Egon Schiele: The Jubilee Show Reloaded (Leopold Museum Vienna) curated by Verena Gamper; History of the Psyche (Galerie nächst St. Stephan Vienna); The Parents’ Bedroom Show (with Juergen Teller, MaximiliansForum Munich); 2017: Austrian Performance Season (Solyanka State Gallery Moscow) curated by Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein; 2016: Transplants (Dominikanerkirche Krems); 2014: The Nervous System of the Earth (Galerie Jünger Vienna); 2012: ELEKTRA (Belvedere Vienna as part of Gold) curated by Thomas Zaunschirm, The Samsonow Transplant Parasonic Orchestra (brut Theater im Künstlerhaus Vienna) curated by Thomas Frank; 2008: The Secrets of Mary Magdalene (Austrian Hospice, Jerusalem) curated by Jack Persekian.


Arantzazu Saratxaga Arregi

(Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies)

Arantzazu Saratxaga Arregi is a post-doc researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Additionally, she teaches courses and participates in seminars with a focus on cultural engineering, media theory and cybernetics at various German universities and colleges. Her philosophical project is the development of a “matrixial” philosophy. She studies developmental and building processes of closed systems and their environmental relations.
Publication (Selection) „Matrixiale Philosophie. Für eine mehrwertige Ontologie: Mutter-Welt-Gebärmutter“.


Ute Burkhardt-Bodenwinkler

(Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies)

Ute Burkhardt-Bodenwinkler is a senior post-doc researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. she is an architect, urban researcher and theorist who lives and works in Vienna. She works in the artistic, cultural and scientific field with a focus on urbanism and spatial theory. Ute Burkhardt-Bodenwinkler studied architecture in Stuttgart and completed a master’s degree at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She founded her own studio burkhardt.bodenwinkler Architekten together with Markus Bodenwinkler and is co-founder of the architectural group 2M2S2B as well as of experimonde with P. Michael Schultes. She is also co-founder of content.associates (2010), an interdisciplinary working group; and Foundation of the Kunstverein fAN, in 2013, together with Amer Abbas, Robert Pfaller and Markus Bodenwinkler. Since 2017 she has headed the Kunstverein fAN. Together with Irini Athanassakis and Elisabeth von Samsonow, she co-founded the „Goddesses Network“.


Ida-Marie Corell

(Kunstraum Retz)

Ida-Marie Corell is an artist, musical poet, performer, researcher, and synesthetic experimentalist working at the intersection of frequency, sound, art, and knowledge transfer.

Her work is “anti-“, “inter-“, and multidisciplinary and explores synesthetic understanding and the concepts of real time, mass consumerism, identity, emotion, plastic, plastic bag, aisthesis, Sixinity, transfer, awareness, and transcendence.

Corell is the founder of I BÄG YOU, an art and knowledge-transfer project about the plastic bag as an everyday object, and the cofounder of Kunstraum Retz, an exhibition space for experimental new approaches to art and culture near the former iron curtain.


Publications (selection)

Her dissertation on the phenomenology of plastic bags won the Edition Angewandte publishing grant of the University of the Applied Arts Vienna and was published in 2011 under the title Alltagsobjekt PlastikTüte (in German) by Springer. Her second book, THE ARTIST IS RESIDENT, received the Florian und Ursula Werner publishing grant and the Kunsthalle Arlberg1800 Art Prize 2013.


Born in London as the daughter of biafran parents, Helena Eribenne studied at the
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2000 to 2004. Even before the capital
became her permanent basis in 2007, Eribenne
has been an integral figure in the Viennese art and performance scene. Her works reside
at the interface between theatre, performance, film, and photography
and are always rooted in a sociopolitical context. Many
of her short film productions have been presented around the world, e. g. at the Whitechapel Gallery
London, in Kunsthalle Wien, Kunstraum Innsbruck, and at the Images Festival Toronto.
Her performative works include collaborations with the legendary
Fluxus cofounder Benjamin Patterson, Franz Pomassl, the artist duo FXXXismTC ,
and Discozma. Last but not least, Helena Eribenne is a woman of words and has written
many songs, theatre pieces, and film scripts. She is a prae-doctoral researcher
at The Dissident Goddesses’ Network contributing with her research into the medial images
of self-destructive female icons and their psycho-iconographic relationship to antiquity’s

Publications and Catalogues selection/Ausgewählte Bibliografie
2019 Gift Magazine
2019 H13 Prize for Performance catalogue
2019 Believing (collage), Featured artist in Malmoe 89
2014 eyes on – Month of Photography, Vienna
2014 Living Fluxus – Benjamin Patterson catalogue
2008 Real lives – real stories – Kunsthalle Wien project space karlsplatz
2007 Rock Chick – Photo Wall, Video Wall Catalogue
2006 Küss Die Hand – Waldheim After
2006 Born to be a Star, Catalogue
2006 Shejay – Barca Baxant interview
2005/6 EuropArt, Peace gerollt, Catalogue
2005 Skug Magazine
2005 Loop Festival, Catalogue
2005 Famal Stuart, Catalogue
2004 Long Night of Music, Catalogue
2004 Skug Magazine
2004 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Graduation Catalogue
2002 A Short Film About Smoking, Catalogue
2002 Images Festival, Catalogue
2001 Wien Live, Magazine
2001 Falter – Cover Feature

Boyan Manchev

New Bulgarian University

Boyan Manchev is a philosopher; he is a professor at the New Bulgarian University and guest professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin and Hollins University. His current research, which proposes the perspective of a radical materialism and dynamic ontology, is in the fields of ontology, philosophy of art and political philosophy. Manchev is the author of ten books and more than two hundred book chapters, catalogues and other publications in various languages.


Publications (selection)

His last books are Persister (2019, forthcoming); Freedom in spite of everything (2019, forthcoming); Meteor. Selected texts for Theatre (together with Ani Vaseva, 2018); Clouds. Philosophy of the Free Body (2017).

Federica Matta

Institut du Tout-Monde

Federica Matta is a Franco-Chilean-American artist who has been actively creating her own worlds for the past four decades. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, as well as public art sculpture, around the world: Japan, France, Chile, Portugal, Belgium, United States among others.
She began her career as a painter, though turned very quickly also to sculpture because of its potential as a three-dimensional medium. She is especially fond of sculpture as public art; she has done in monumental work in Fukuoka, Lisbon, St. Nazaire and Bordeaux; she has contributed multiple works in sculpture parks in the Plaza Brazil in Santiago and the Place Meunier in Bordeaux
which she found the most rewarding due to their role as a sort of “poetic acupuncture” in promoting consciousness and harmony in urban environments.
In recent years, she has authored seven books that feature her drawings and her texts. In 2017, Journal Through Your Wildest Dreams was published by Prestel in the US.
Federica is also a regular contributor of political images to Le Monde Diplomatique (Chilean edition). She is a founder and member of the Institut du Tout-Monde.


Exhibitions (selection)

2019: Two generations: Roberto Matta and Federica Matta, Harold Rosenbaum Gallery, Boca Raton, USA; 2017-2018: Le Voyage des Imaginaires “Les Foudres Edouard Glissant” HSE, Gros-Morne, Martinique; 2016: El Viaje de los Imaginarios en 31 días, Show & workshops in public libraries, Chile; 2015: Cultures de Paix, Vitry-sur-Seine, France.


Public Art

2019: (Inauguration, June 29th) Le Jardin des Imaginaires Wall sculpture/bas relief with dimensions of 17 meters long, 3 meters high, presented together with floor mosaics, 3 meters by 3 meters, at the entrance of the Place Meunier (Bordeaux), as well as along the paths. It will all be designed together with 7 shared gardens of 150 square meters each with benches where one can meet with others and garden together. Bordeaux, France; 2018: Plaza Brasil: restauration Restauration of the sculptures playground created in 1993 by Federica Matta for the City of Santiago, Chile.

Angela Melitopoulos

(Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies)

Angela Melitopoulos holds a Ph.D. in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College London. She lived in Paris, Istanbul, Italy, Cologne and Berlin. She lectured and taught at academies in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. Currently she teaches as a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and is a senior researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Recent work by the artist, who was born in Munich in 1961, traces the geopolitical history of experimental forms of psychiatry tied to the struggle against fascism and disciplinary terror. This research is realized as audio-visual cartographies of what the artist describes as the “secret coding of communication of minority cultures,” as well as concepts such as “machinic animism” through which these coding, like the musical refrains of memory, can come to the fore. The revolutionary psychiatric practice and political activism of Félix Guattari provides a foil for Melitopoulos’s engagement with the current neoliberal onslaught on the social fabric, as manifested in the Greek crisis.

Exhibitions (selection)

CAAC Seville (2018), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2018), documenta14 (2017), Museum Sztuki Lodz (2017), Centre Georges Pompidou Metz (2016); Biennials (Taipei, Athens-2010, Thessaloniki, Berlin 2003), AsianCulturalComplex Gwang-ju Korea (2015), Sesci San Paolo (2014) , Generali Foundation Vienna; Macba Barcelona (2012) ; OCAT Shenzen (2013) ; The House of World Cultures Berlin (2012); MuHKa Antwerp (2010), Reina Sofia (2010) Antonin Tapies Foundation Barcelona (2007); the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2006); Manifesta 7 (2008), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (2008) Forum Expanded ( 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) Berlin Film Festival) and many more.


Ebadur Rahmann

(Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies)

Ebadur Rahman is a California-Dhaka-Paris based theorist/filmmaker and, curator.

He is a PhD candidate, in The Film and Digital Media, at the University of California, Santa Cruz; he studied Arts Entrepreneurship and Publishing at the University of Arts, London, and Engaged Buddhism at the Naropa University, Colorado. He has also trained in various monastic settings in Burma, India, Japan, and Thailand with teachers such as Tetsugen Bernard Glassman Sensei, Sasaki Roshi and Nobel prize nominee Sulak Sivaraksa.
Ebad received the highest national award, for film from the Bangladesh government. Ebadur’s directorial debut „Atrocity Exhibition“ premiered in the Short Film Forum of the Cannes International Film Festival. Ebadur’s latest essay is published in the journal „Potential Spaces – Research and Education in Art and Design“ by Siegfried Zielinski and Daniel Irrgang. Ebadur Rahman is, also, one of the founders of Gulmoher Republic, it’s minister of propaganda, and a policy maker, designing and disseminating its articulation of oppositional communications. Ebad had been the executive editor of Depart, and Jamini, the oldest and the widest circulated English language art magazine of Bangladesh.

Publikationen (Auswahl)
„Navette – Shuttling durch das Autochthone & Allochthone“, Ebadur Rahman. Bilingually—in English and German— soon to be published scholarly essay for a book titled, Potential Spaces, edited by Siegfried Zielinski, Peter Weibel and, Daniel Irrgang. Published by ZKM | Center for Art and Media
“Clew, The Prehistory of an endosymbiont Platform”, Ebadur Rahman, Bilingually—in English and German— published scholarly essay, for museum publication, sponsored by Austrian Cultural Ministry: Herausgeber: Land Niederösterreich, Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Kunst und Kultur, 3100 St. Pölten (Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld) http://www.zeitkunstnoe.at/de/publikationen/elisabeth-von- samsonow
„General Medicine / Hybrid Knowledge“, Ebadur Rahman, bilingual English and German-language catalog contribution: German / English, 232 pages, numerous illustrations in color, 16.3 x 24 cm, paperback. 2015
„There is not yet a world“, Ebadur Rahman, The Postcolonial Museum—The Arts of Memory and the Pressures of History, edited by Iain Chambers et al. Published by Routledge
State of Emergency, Ebadur Rahman, Flash Art, January-February, 2013 www.flashartonline.com/article/state-of-emergency/


Romana Karla Schuler

(IERSID, From Global Village to Any Village, Research Institute for Regional Structures in the Age of Digitization)

Romana Karla Schuler studied Art History and Philosophy (1987–199, Innsbruck); she finished her doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2006–2012) in experimental perception with particular focus on apparent motion in virtual reality. Along with several artistic works in the fields of painting and sculpture, she has been increasingly interested in new media in contemporary art since 1987. In a 1992-1994-research project, on the analysis of Austrian media art, by the TRANSIT association (Innsbruck), she investigated the concept of sculpture, especially in digital media. From 1995 to 2005, she was involved in the establishment of the Leopold Museum, at Museumsquartier, Vienna, as a curator and, member of the artistic director’s team. In the 2006/07, employed as managing director, she conceptualized and, established the new Hermann Nitsch Museum at Museumszentrum Mistelbach.

Since 2010, Schuler has been teaching courses on the history of experimental perception in science and art at the University of Applied Art Vienna’s Department of Digital Art. From 2013 to 2016, she was involved in a PEEK research project together with Katharina Gsöllpointner and Ruth Schnell at the Institut für Wissenschaft und Kunst entitled Digital Synesthesia. Published Seeing Motion. A History of Visual Perception in Art and Science in 2016.

Schuler has founded “Vom Globalen zu irgendeinem Dorf”, Institut zur Erforschung regionaler Strukturen in Zeiten der Digitalisierung (IERSID, From Global Village to Any Village, Research Institute for Regional Structures in the Age of Digitization) together with Ursula Hentschläger, based in Hadres, Lower Austria. Opened the Kunstscheune IERSID_Art_Club in Hadres in 2018. Freelance contributor for arts and culture at the newspaper Niederösterreichische Nachrichten in Pulkautal, Lower Austria, since 2019.


Dr. Walpurga Antl-Weiser
(Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna)

Dr. Valeska Becker
(Universität Münster)

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Friedlander
(Pomona College, Los Angeles)

Dr. Heide Göttner-Abendroth
(Akademie HAGIA, Winzen)

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Krinzinger
(Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften/ Emeritus der Archäologie Universität Vienna)

Prof. Dr. Timothy Morton
(Rice University, USA)

Dr. Christine Neugebauer-Maresch
(Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Dr. Franz Pieler
(Direktor MAMUZ Mistelbach und Asparn a.d.Zaya)

The Dissident Goddesses’ Network contributes to research and artistic production on the history, economy and socio-political role of women and also serves to create a network, while making visible the achievements of women in various realms of social relevance. Building links between women who play key roles in a range of fields can strengthen individuals by establishing one area that covers multiple points. The Dissident Goddesses’ Network follows the example of great role models who are active in their respective spheres around the world, and so wishes to express its special appreciation of these people by making them an HONORARY GODDESS.


Walpurga Antl-Weiser, Museum of Natural History Vienna, Austria

Valeska Becker, University of Münster, Germany

Claudine Cohen, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France

Heide Göttner-Abendroth, HAGIA International Academy, Winzer, Germany

Christine Neugebauer Maresch, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Elgea Nur Balzharie, artist and activist, Jatiwangi Art Factory, West Java Indonesia

Stefania Pia, artist, DJANE, Naples, Italy

Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, University of Vienna, Austria

Stella Rollig, Scientific Director, CEO Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Maria Stavrinaki, Université Paris 1, France

Ika Yuliana, writer and documentarian, Jatiwangi Art Factory, West Java Indonesia