Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

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Two masked and disguised performers sneak up on two spectators. Dynamic Resistance by Johan Ahlkvist and Hedda Bauer, Open Days 2018, photo © eSeL.at 

This Studio is based on questions and issues relating to performative art in the fields of staging/enactment, of documentation, theory and history of fine arts. Furthermore, we aim to investigate performance with regard to differences and any overlapping between fine arts and dancing, theory and music. Critical and conceptual thinking is promoted in seminars, workshops and conversations with individuals and groups. The aim is to create autonomous artistic work and language, without any medial or theoretical constraints.

Two performers read from the manuscripts they hold in their hands Sööt/Zeyringer, Fifty in One - A talk, 2014, Photo © Raffaela Bielesch 

Especially in Austria, a project-oriented study approach to performative art is required in order to question the specifically performative history of the Wiener Gruppe (Viennese Group), of "Viennese Actionism" and the feminist and queer subcultures, hitherto ignored, as a teaching subject and research basis, and to juxtapose them to an international context. Residencies and outings are part of teaching, as is the interdisciplinary exchange with institutions both domestic and abroad.

A performer crosses the auditorium with a red fabric structure on her head. In the foreground a performer lies veiled on the floor Katharina Maria Grabner, we all travel somewhere, 2014, Photo © Raffaela Bielesch 

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