Erwin K. BauerGrowing up in Upper Styria, he was trained to be an alpine farmer. He then studied both type and book design as well as graphic design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he also teaches. He teaches, writes, judges, curates, and takes part in discussions in the field of design. Erwin K. Bauer directs the buero bauer in Vienna, an interdisciplinary design office for visual, digital, architectural, and social design. In addition to award-winning design projects, he and his team regularly carry out work on current social issues, including work as a curator of visual design for the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.
Janina FalknerJanina Falkner is a curator at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna where she has been working since 2007. She is head of the field New Concepts for Learning. Until 2017 one of her various responsibilities was working for the MAK Contemporary Art Collection, e.g., as a curator of the exhibition series NEW LOOK (2012–2013) and as a co-curator of the exhibition ich weiß nicht [I don’t know]—Growing Relations between Things (2017). She coordinated the VIENNNA BIENNALE 2017 and is in charge of the MAK FUTURE LAB. Currently, she is in particular responsible for discursive opportunities and participative strategies at the MAK. Focusing on design-based and artistic approaches to forms of education, she combines curatorial work with the development of new concepts for learning.
Anne FaucheretAnne Faucheret is an art historian and art critic. She has been a curator at Kunsthalle Wien since 2014, where she has curated among others the group shows The Promise of Total Automation (2016), Work it, feel it! (2017) or Saâdane Afif’s solo show, This Is Ornamental (2018). From 2010 to 2015, she was a curatorial advisor for visual arts at the steirischer herbst festival, Graz, Austria, where she organized exhibitions including Adaptation (2012) and Liquid Assets (2013) and co-curated the 24/7 marathon-camp Truth is concrete (2012). She regularly contributes to art magazines and artist publications.
Paul FeigelfeldPaul Feigelfeld majored in cultural studies and computer science at the Humboldt University of Berlin where he until 2013 worked for Friedrich Kittler and Wolfgang Ernst. Until 2016, he was an academic coordinator for the Digital Cultures Research Lab at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He publishes on and teaches media technology, its history, its future, and its impact on knowledge, society, politics, and art, e.g., as a visiting professor at the Art Institute in Basel and a Faculty Member at the Strelka Institute in Moscow.
mischer′traxler studioThe designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler founded their design studio in Vienna in 2009. Using the conflict between craftwork and technology, mischer′traxler studio designs objects, production processes, interactive installations, and more. The design duo always embeds their experimental and conceptual approaches in the given context. Works and projects by the design studio, which has received numerous national and international awards, are regularly shown in international exhibitions and can be found in permanent museum collections, such as at the MAK, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and the Art Institute Chicago.
Vanessa Joan MüllerVanessa Joan Müller is a curator and holds a PhD in art history. Since 2013, she has been Head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien. She has curated a number of group exhibitions such as New Ways of Doing Nothing (2014), The Brancusi Effect (2014, with Nicolaus Schafhausen), Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality (2015, with Luca Lo Pinto), Béton (2016, with Nicolaus Schafhausen), More Than Just Words [On the Poetic] (2017, with Luca Lo Pinto) and solo shows by Marcel Odenbach and Florian Hecker (both 2017). Prior to projects realized in Vienna she was director of the Kunstverein for the Rhineland and Westphalia in Düsseldorf (2007-2011), research curator of the project European Kunsthalle in Cologne (2006-2007), and curator at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2000-2006).
Nicole StoecklmayrNicole Stoecklmayr is a Vienna based designer, digital strategist, and cultural scholar who publishes essays and lectures on actual and digital experiences of architectural space at Scenes of Architecture (scenesofarchitecture.com). She graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna with a degree in architecture and a PhD in cultural studies. She worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Bauhaus University Weimar as well as at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg where she most recently organized the international symposium Perspective Rules! Architecture, Games, and the Materiality of Computer Simulations.
Marlies WirthMarlies Wirth has been working for the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna since 2006. As a curator for Digital Culture, she is involved in the conception of the VIENNA BIENNALE and is head of the MAK Design Collection. She curates exhibitions in the fields of art, design, architecture, and technology, including the group exhibition ARTIFICIAL TEARS as part of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017. She is one of the curators of the international travelling exhibition Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine and co-director of the Global Art Forum 2018: “I AM NOT A ROBOT” in Dubai and Singapore. Focusing on conceptual art and cultural anthropological contexts of artistic productions, she also develops independent exhibition projects and authors texts and essays for publications.
Artists, designers, and architects
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Tega Brain, Julian Oliver, Bengt Sjölén
Giulia Bruno and Armin Linke in collaboration with Luc Steels
Christina May Yan Carli
Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr
crafting plastics! studio
Kate Crawford, Vladan Joler
De / posium – Designer Platform
Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea E. Manning
Dunne & Raby
Sylvia Eckermann & Gerald Nestler
Energy Design Cody
Wagner Felipe dos Santos
Magdalena Marie Friedl
Front Design Studio
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg in collaboration with James King
Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni
Olivier van Herpt
Lynn Hershman Leeson
IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna
Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas
Diana Klepoch Majdáková
Lanzavecchia + Wai
Liquifer Systems Group
Maurizio Montalti (Officina Corpuscoli)
Next Nature Network
Noise Aquarium Collective:
Victoria Vesna, UCLA Art|Sci center
Alfred Vendl, Science Visualization Lab Angewandte
Martina Fröschl, Science Visualization Lab Angewandte
Glenn Bristol, United Motionlabs
Stephan Handschuh, Vet-Med Wien
Thomas Schwaha, Universität Wien
Ocean Cleanup Inc.
Parley for the Oceans
Gabriela Urrutia Reyes
Ottonie von Roeder
Philipp Schmitt and Steffen Weiss
Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
Patryk Mateusz Senwicki
Some Place Studio
Sarah van Sonsbeeck
SPAN (del Campo Manninger)
Lucie Strecker und Philippe Riera
Martijn van Strien
Studio Marco Dessí
Studio Thomas Vailly & Laura Lynn Jansen
Harald Trapp and SWAP Architekten
Tzou Lubroth Architekten
Dirk Vander Kooij
Verlag Neue Arbeit
vertical farm institute
Michael John Whelan
White Elephant Studio
Center für Political Beauty