(c) Photos: Lala Nomada and Barbara Macek | Graphic: OMG Urgens, Dependency, 1982 | Design: Gerda Fischbach

Master´s Projects | Exhibition Opening

Summer semester 2018 TOUR

Mariia Panina – Dreams of Autonomy

13 – 25 June, 10:00 – 18:00

Betreut von Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich

In this work, the artist proposes taking a closer look at the problematic concept of autonomy through the prism of history. The thesis investigates city walls as a symbolic monument to absolute sovereignty, while exploring city-states as examples of autonomous entity and antithesis to the contemporary trend towards globalization. Italian citystates of the Middle Ages and Renaissance are used as a case study through which to examine economical, political and cultural points of view, with the emphasis on the evolution of aesthetics and philosophy. Furthermore, it traces the influential role of the artist as it has been changed and expanded by the urban community and its values. The artist presents the city-state as a metaphor for autonomy, as presented through her artwork and research.

Lala Nomada – Phronesis

Performance, Installation
13 June, 12:00 – 18:00 , Public Performances only: 14 and 15 June, 17:00 – 19:00

Betreut von Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich

In a distant future, Much further away than what our calculations could have predicted, a race called the Phronesians, the new humans, arise. They have sent a scientific laboratory back to 2018 to obtain samples of gene GJB2 in order to create from it a synthetic biological tool that will allow them to see colors and hear without the need of special aids. Shortly before departure, it is discovered that the supervolcano 00IIII-000*0 is likely to erupt within the next hundred days, however the Phronesian authorities refuse to make it public.

Part of the scientific community believes that one specific kind of the GBJ2 gene would rescue all humans, while others are sure it will poison them. One of the scientists travelling with the lab learns of the pending eruption and subsequent debate and has to make the big decision: to collect the specific mutation of GJB2 or to avoid it. Upon arrival, the laboratory is open to visitors, who might have the disputed GJB2 gene. Through access to advanced technology, they will experience the materiality and immateriality of their own bodies.



Research report, prose, lyric, case study
13 – 23 June, Wed / Thu / Sat 14:00 – 17:00 and 22 June, 12:00 – 18:00
Readings: 14:00 and 16:00

Betreut von Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich

The essence of this four-part work is the proposal of a new thesis concerning the understanding of autoimmune diseases, especially of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE, lupus).

SLE is a rare autoimmune disease characterised by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. Its cause and pathogenesis are still unknown. 

The work aims at providing new knowledge in regard to these open questions. Its thesis is exposed in four different formats resulting from different strategies of artistic research. It proposes to understand autoimmunity as the expression of transformative processes that cause various physical and mental effects in the afflicted organism. This ongoing metamorphosis is driven by a plan: it is about the emerging of a new being – the Lycanthropus erythematosus.


more pictures of the opening

(c) Peter Kainz

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Master´s Projects | Exhibition Opening
June 13, 2018, 9:30h