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Gülsen Bal

Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna

Dr. Gülsen Bal is the artistic and managing director of Open Space: Zentrum für Kunstprojekte in Vienna, an independent contemporary art space she founded in 2007. In her curatorial and scholarly work Bal is concerned with the development of new outlines of creative and critical practises. She teaches courses on global curatorial practise in the Visual Culture programme at Vienna University of Technology. Bal has exhibited, curated, published and given talks in the UK, Europe and Turkey.
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Brigitta Busch

University of Vienna

Brigitta Busch is professor for applied linguistics and discourse analysis at the University of Vienna. She also works in research and teaching at the university of Cape Town (South Africa). From 1999 to 2003 she was the head of the Centre for Intercultural Studies at the University of Klagenfurt. During her work as an expert for the Council of Europe's Confidence-Building Measures Programme, she was involved in a number of intercultural projects in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Her main research interests focus on: sociolinguistics (multilingualism), discourse analysis, media policies and intercultural communication.

Eva Egermann

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, IG Bildende Kunst

Eva Egermann is an artist and cultural producer, living in Vienna. Coming from a background as a visual artist and through working in various medias and collectives as e.g. in the framework of the Manoa Free University (2003-2006), or the group GirlsOnHorses (2006-2008, with Auer, Straganz and Wieger) or other individual collaborations, as well as in the academic sphere, as a University Assistant at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna (Dept. for Art & Communications), Egermann developed approaches and that interlink theory production and scientific research with artistic practices and the contemporary art field. She was part of the editorial board of the magazine MALMOE, boardmember of the IG Bildende Kunst as well as editor (together with Anna Pritz) of the Publications "school works" and "class works", contributions to an educative, artistic and researching practice (2009, Loecker), For the interdisciplinary art/architecture project Schuettehausproject (with Christina Linortner) she was awarded with the Johanna Dohnal Prize in 2007.

Susan Kelly

Goldsmiths, University of London

Susan Kelly, PhD, is a lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. Her research looks at relationships between art and micropolitics, rhetoric and practices of organisation in situations where questions are asked and answers are given. She makes performances, public time-based work, installations and videos, she writes and publishes and convenes events and performative investigations. She works both independently and collectively with the Micropolitics Research Group and the Carrot Workers Collective among others. Over the last nine years she has shown her work in Belfast, New York, Toronto, Helsinki, Prague, Dublin, St Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tallin, Zagreb, and elsewhere.

Elke Krasny

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Architekturzentum Wien

Cultural theorist, urban researcher, curator, author; teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences Graz; Visiting Professor at the University of Bremen in 2006 (Narratives of Urban Transformation Processes), She works along the intersections of architecture, critical urbanism, public art, museums, exhibitions, pedagogy and the production of cultural and social meaning, feminism, gender studies, critical theory and the intellectual history of ideas. Curatorial work: 2 or 3 things we've learned. Intersections of Art, Pedagogy and Protest, curators Eva Egermann and Elke Krasny, IG Bildende Kunst Wien 2010; UnORTnung, curators Veronika Barnas and Elke Krasny, Kartographisches Institut Wien, November 2010; ttp:// Frauen:Museum. Zwischen Sammlungsstrategie und Sozialer Plattform (Women:Museum. Between Strategies of Collecting and Social Platform), Symposion at the Vienna City Library, October 2010; Annenviertel! The Art of Urban Intervention, curators Anton Lederer, Margarethe Makovec, Elke Krasny; rotor association for contemporary art Graz, 2009 - 2011; Penser Tout Haut. Faire l'Architecture, Centre du Design de l'UQAM, Montréal, 2010; Architektur beginnt im Kopf./The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture, Architectural Centre Vienna, 2008-2009;

Peter Mörtenböck

Vienna University of Technology

Peter Mörtenböck is professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has initiated the Networked Cultures project (, a global research platform focusing on translocally connected spatial practices. His current research explores the potential of networked ecologies and collaborative forms of knowledge production vis-a-vis the dynamics of geopolitical conflict and urban transformation. He has recently authored or co-edited Die virtuelle Dimension: Architektur, Subjektivität und Cyberspace (Böhlau, 2001), Visuelle Kultur: Körper-Räume-Medien (ed., Böhlau, 2003), Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (NAi Publishers, 2008) and Netzwerk Kultur: Die Kunst der Verbindung in einer globalisierten Welt (transcript, 2010). His essays on contemporary art, architecture and visual culture have appeared in international journals such as Grey Room, Architectural Research Quarterly and Third Text.

Helge Mooshammer

Vienna University of Technology

Helge Mooshammer, PhD, is director of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) research projects Other Markets (2010-2013) and Relational Architecture (2006-2009) at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Vienna University of Technology. In 2008 he was Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) Vienna and currently teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research is concerned with new forms of urban sociality arising from processes of transnationalisation, transient and informal land use, and newly emerging regimes of governance. His books include Visuelle Kultur: Körper-Räume-Medien (ed., Böhlau, 2003), Cruising: Architektur, Psychoanalyse und Queer Cultures (Böhlau, 2005), Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (NAi Publishers, 2008), Netzwerk Kultur: Die Kunst der Verbindung in einer globalisierten Welt (transcript, 2010) and the forthcoming Bauarten von Sexualität, Körper, Phantasmen: Architektur und Psychoanalyse (co-ed., 2011).

Irene Nierhaus

University of Bremen

Irene Nierhaus is Professor for Art Sciences and Aesthetic Theory at the University of Bremen/ Germany. First teaching at Universities of Trier, Kassel and Vienna. Research interests: the relationship between visual and spatial cultures in architecture, the arts and media in the 19th and 20th centuries and the present. Scientific director of Mariann-Steegmann-Institut "Kunst & Gender". Selected publications: Arch 6: Raum, Geschlecht, Architektur, Wien 1999; Räumen. Baupläne zwischen Raum, Visualität, Geschlecht und Architektur, Wien 2002. (Hg. Gemeinsam mit F. Konecny); Urbanographies: Studien zwischen Architektur, Kunst und Theorie/ together with Elke Krasny, Berlin, Reimer, 2008; Urban Soap: Stadtgeschichte(n) in Mythensorten am Beispiel Rom, in: Heidemarie Uhl und Monika Sommer: Alt-Wien. Spannungsfeld urbaner Identitäten. Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2009, S. 167-188; Denkmäler im Subjekt. öffentlichkeit, Moderne, Stadtraum und Geschlecht, in: Hintergrund 42, Themenschwerpunkt 'Denkmal'/ Architekturzentrum Wien. S.16- 23; The Modern Interior as Geography of Images, Spaces and Subjects: Mies van der Rohe's and Lilly Reich's Villa Tugendhat 1928-1931, in: Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today/ Ed. Penny Sparke, Anne Massey e.a. Oxford, New York: Berg, 2009, S. 107-118; Pastor/ ale- das soziale Grün als biopolitischer Raum, in: Politische Raumtypen. Zur Wirkungsmacht öffentlicher Bau- und Raumstrukturen im 20. Jahrhundert. Kunst und Politik Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft. Band 11/2009/ Hg. Ernst Seidl; Art on Buildings: The Possibilities of Art fort he 21st Century, gemeinsam mit Markus Wailand und Vitus H. Weh, in: Claus Pandi: Kunst am Bau, Wien Holzhausen, 2009, S. 32- 38; Landschaftlichkeit zwischen Kunst, Architektur und Theorie/ together with Josch Hoenes, Annette Urban, Berlin, Reimer 2010.

Johanna Schaffer

Johanna Schaffer Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Johanna Schaffer is part of the team that develops the PhD in practice program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She researches, teaches, and translates in the areas of visual culture and material aesthetics with a queer-feminist, anti-racist focus. Currently she is also involved in Troubling Research. Performing knowledge in the arts : a collaborative research project among 9 artists and theorists on the historical, ideological, and institutional conditions of artistic research as a concept, and as contemporary practice (with a special emphasis on the performance of research and the research dimensions of performance arts). See For a recent publication, see Barbara Paul, Johanna Schaffer (Hg.), Mehr(wert) queer : Queer Added (Value). Visuelle Kultur, Kunst und Gender-Politiken : Visual Culture, Art, and Gender Politics. Bielefeld: transcript 2009


Karin Reisinger

Vienna University of Technology

Karin Reisinger, architect, received her diploma at the Vienna University of Technology with a thesis on sites and migration. After focusing on visual culture she pursued cultural studies at the University of Vienna in order to gain a broader understanding of spatial phenomena. During her studies she worked on various building sites, planned and realised architecture and participated in student exhibitions in Vienna and Seoul as well as architectural competitions and the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz; she also did volunteer work in the field of child care for students. Recently she has been working on her PhD at the Vienna University of Technology at the Institute of Art and Design ("Grass Without Roots _ Eifel, Gorongosa and Losiny Ostrov"). Currently she is involved in developing an "Archive of Displacement" that works with the spatial situation of sex-work in Vienna. She also participates in Geocritical, the current project: "Teaching Spatial Turn: Critical Concepts for a Globalizing World".

Amila Sirbegovic

Vienna University of Technology

Amila Sirbegovic, born 1978 in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegowina, architect. PhD candidate at the Vienna University of Technology, Visual Culture Programme (since October 2008). Works in Office for City renewal in 17th and 18th district (Gebietsbetreuung Stadterneuerung), on projects related to migration and city development. Co-founder of the interdisciplinary group Was wohnst du? (What do you inhabit?), which is focused on forms of habitation of 'the others', connections between prejudice, culture and architecture.

Stefanie Wuschitz

Vienna University of Technology

Stefanie Wuschitz is a technologist, teacher and artist working on her doctorate in the Visual Cultures Unit of Vienna's Technical University. After graduating with honors from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (2006) and completing her masters at New York University's ITP program (2008) in the United States, Wuschitz spent a year at HUMlab in Sweden working as a digital art fellow and organizing the Eclectic Tech Carnival 2009. She founded Miss Baltazar's Laboratory, workshop sessions where women artists share their knowledge of open source software. Her work was exhibited internationally and Miss Baltazar's Laboratory will be presented at the Ars Electronica 2010. She has taught at universities and art institutions internationally including the University of Applied Arts (Vienna), University of Technology (Vienna), Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), University of Salzburg, Hyperisland (Stockholm), Umea Institute of Design (Sweden) and others.

Nada Zerzer

Vienna University of Technology

Nada Zerzer (1972) studied languages and architecture (diploma 2003) in Vienna, now research in the fields of heteroglossia, public space and social constructions. Publications in Austria and Slovenia. Received several awards and scholarships. She works on a doctoral thesis at the Department of Visual Cultures at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Department of Linguistics an the University of Vienna.

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