Environmental Care or How To Care for the Living World


Häuser aus Abfall

In Conversation with TOXIC TEMPLE

Exhibition View: Toxic Temple

Change Is Our Only Chance – Discussion

Exhibition View: ::KAIROS. Recall of Earth

EAT politics ART oder: fressen moral kunst

Dementia Arts Society – Symposium and Research Presentation

Showcase: Sustainable and open exhibition system

Care for the living world!

Caring for the environment is not only a central leitmotif in our exhibition Ecologies and Politics of the Living and interactive media sculpture Collective Action Viewer at this year’s Vienna Biennale PLANET LOVE - Climate Care in the Digital Age, but the protection of nature has been on our minds for a long time and has been anchored in the programme of our last years. The exhibition ::KAIROS. Recall of Earth from November 2021 is dedicated to the weather influenced by our environmental factors.

See below for contributions on not only climate care from different and interdisciplinary perspectives!


Häuser aus Abfall

Die Architekturforscherin Mae-ling Lokko, vertreten in der Ausstellung ‘Ecologies and Politics of the Living’, beschäftigt sich mit Abfallprodukten aus der Landwirtschaft. Ein Artikel im Standard

Zum Artikel in Der Standard, 6.6.2021
Ecologies and Politics of the Living
28 May – 3 Oct 2021
Vienna Biennale for Change 2021

Coconut fibre wall 26° North and South (2015–16), designed and produced by Mae-ling Lokko. Part of the current AIL-exhibition Ecologies and Politics of the Living | Image by ©Lea Fabienne Dörl 26° North and South (2015–16), designed and produced by Mae-ling Lokko with AMBIS Tech, CASE-RPI and e2e Materials team, is part of the current AIL-exhibition Ecologies and Politics of the Living

In Conversation with TOXIC TEMPLE

Exhibition / Alumni in Residence from 2020

Elisabeth Falkensteiner in conversation with Anna Lerchbaumer and Kilian Jörg about their Toxic Temple – sensuality, religion, dystopia

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Elisabeth Falkensteiner in conversation with Anna Lerchbaumer and Kilian Jörg about their ongoing project Toxic Temple – about sensuality and religion, communication with the afterlife, ecological disaster scenarios, the dystopia of extinction, the end of the Anthropocene, a possible other world and about the favourite object of the exhibition.

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The exhibition TOXIC TEMPLE was on view at AIL from 6 to 26 February 2020 and is part of the Alumni in Residence series, which explores artistic research ideas by graduates.

Anna Lerchbaumer and Kilian Jörg are alumni of the Angewandte.

This exhibition was supported by ARTist – graduate association of the University of Applied Arts, and was realized on February 2020 with three performative evenings at the AIL.


Exhibition View: Toxic Temple

A processual exhibition by Kilian Jörg and Anna Lerchbaumer from 2020

Alumni in Residence / Hosted by ARTist – Alumniverein der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

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Leached soils, acidified seas, polluted atmospheres. We are haunted by the repressed. We can no longer escape its poison. LET’S GET SICK WITH IT!

A shrine for the inner contradictions, absurdities and risks we are indulging into on a daily basis. A solidarization with the facts.

We enter wastelands instead of unspoiled soil and let the artifacts speak for themselves. Colourful assemblages of things that connect the known cosmos, shaky grounds of new divinity and acrid smells that carry us into the sublime. Landfills are the new temples. In a sadistic manner we inhale the here and now. Transformative forces are released. Free radicals. Rituals to unmask the chaos beneath the smooth surface.

What changes when we religiously worship the power of toxicity? Can a cosmic connection be achieved in our time of disaster through a cult of pollution?

In a processual exhibition, Anna Lerchbaumer and Kilian Jörg venerate the beauty of the oil stains, the sublimity of technoscrap, the enlightenment of radioactivity and the transcendence of extinction. Perhaps our new gods will be smelly zombies. LET`S MEET AT THE END OF THE WORLD and let’s dance in the intoxication of poisoning!

Kilian Jörg is a philosopher and artist, nomadically traveling between Vienna, Berlin and Brussels. He is the founder of the collective philosophy unbound and is mainly concerned with ecological epistemology, as well as the transdisciplinary interfaces between philosophy and art. Latest publications: with Jorinde Schulz: The Club Machine (Berghain), Textem 2018; Backlash - Essays on the Resilience of Modernity, Textem Spring 2020.

Sound and video artist Anna Lerchbaumer ( *1989 in Innsbruck, Austria) takes a humorous as well as critical approach to our technological developments. Anna creates sound performances and expansive installations in which sculptural aspects play an important role. She spans a field between visual art, music and performance. Objects become instruments, balloons become performers, and field recordings become spatial installations.

An examination of the monstrous hopes we project into new technologies and an exploration of the artistic possibilities they offer. It makes the poetic audible and visible in the everyday and the inconspicuous. A change of perspective, a desecration of electrical devices and a way to loop around the big findings.

Shaped by country air, technology and culture in constant exchange with friends, things and artists as well as a member of Anulla. Her work has been shown at the Galaxy Museum in China, Headquarters and Krinzinger Projects in Vienna, among others.

Photos: Anna Lerchbaumer, Eva Weber, Eleni Boutsika Palles


Change Is Our Only Chance – Discussion

Talk in German from 2019, part of Vienna Biennale for Change

Change Is Our Only Chance – Roundtable Discussion

An utopian future requires a critical present in which the urgency of ecological, economic and political-social change is taken seriously. The program aims to stimulate reflection on possible alternatives and strategies.

Discussion with:
Simon Pories for Fridays for Future
Laura Grossmann for System Change not Climate Change
Katharina Rogenhofer for Klimavolksbegehren
Friedrich Hinterberger for Scientists for Future
Eva Maria Stadler, University of Applied Arts
in the presence of Tina Auer (Time’s Up).

The individual initiatives introduce themselves and we discuss the scope for action together. What role can we play with regard to social problems and in which areas of life can we become active ourselves?

The Talk was held on September 25 2019 as part of the exhibition Change was our only chance in the framework of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2019.


Exhibition View: ::KAIROS. Recall of Earth

from 2021/22

An exhibition about the relationship between humans and the phenomena of natural events. Curated by Sophia Panteliadou

curator and head of AIL opening the exhibition | Image by © Curator Sophia Panteliadou and head of AIL Alexandra Graupner opening the exhibition in front of Brigitte Mahlknecht, Invisible Worlds, Brush drawing, 2021
wall paper art | Image by © Mathias Kessler, Staging Nature, Installation, 2018–2021 / Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt
Video Projection | Image by © Ulla von Brandenburg, Die Straße (The Street), HD Video, black and white, sound, 11:20 min, 2013
Person in front of artworks, hanging on wall | Image by © Ruth Schnell, Enchantment of the Seas & Concertina, Print on gilded steel, UV print, Steel, electroplated 2017/19
media art with fridge | Image by © Laurus Edelbacher / Anna Watzinger, SMART RAINBOW 7.0, Livestream, 2019–2021
artist explaining the piece | Image by © Ruth Schnell, RISIKO, Installation, Robotic: Stefan Fischer, 2017–2021
round of people, guestes at opening night  | Image by © At the Opening Nigh of the Exhibition
People in front of prints | Image by © Maria Hubinger, WITNESS TO CHANGE Diptych Dichagyris musiva – Lost Diptych Furcula bifida – Lost, Gouache on paper, 2021
Thunder toy | Image by © Thomas Glänzel, Gewitter, Ready Made, Object, Sound installation, 2021
Patricia Reis in front of her artwork | Image by © PATRÍCIA J. REIS, SENSORIAL SCREEN #3, Installation, 2019–2021
Video work with thunder | Image by © Alfred Lenz, Lightning, Video installation, 2014
Screen with Ligthening  | Image by © Irini Athanassakis, HOW IS THE WEATHER 10 Drawings, 2020–2021 (back wall) and Josefina Nelimarkka, CLOUD MOMENTUM, Interactive installation, Scientific aerosol data measured at The Sonnblick Observatory (ZAMG), 2021 (front right)

::KAIROS. Recall of Earth addresses the relationship between humans and natural events. The term kairos relates to natural phenomena on the one hand and to temporality on the other – kairos is the modern Greek word for ‘weather’, but it also means ‘the right moment’. The ambiguity inherent in this word runs like a golden thread through the exhibition.

Starting out with meteorological aspects regarding the ‘weather’, the exhibition also tries to draw a picture of the psyche and its entanglement with natural phenomena.

The boundaries between different levels of perception dissolve; the influence of the outside world becomes tangible and visible; the illusion of being able to control perceptions falls victim to deception itself.

The show explores the contribution of the abstract cosmic and the concrete terrestrial conception of space in relation to space/time, which can no longer be reduced to a philosophical-transcendental a priori as the still prevalent division of social contexts and nature, of bodies and the psyche needs to be called into question.

Artists: Irini Athanassakis, Ulla von Brandenburg, Laurus Edelbacher, Thomas Glänzel, Maria Hubinger, Anni Kaltsidou, Mathias Kessler, Peter Kubelka, Alfred Lenz, Brigitte Mahlknecht, Josefina Nelimarkka, Patrícia J. Reis, Ruth Schnell, Christian K. Schröder, Helmut Swoboda, Anna Watzinger

Sophia Panteliadou

Curatorial consultants
Madalina Diaconu, Rainer Kaltenberger

Supported by
Bundesministerium. Kunst Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport; Stadt Wien; ZAMG. Zentralanstalt für Metereologie und Geodynamik


EAT politics ART oder: fressen moral kunst

Perforamance Dinner in German from 2016

Do you eat sustainably? Do you eat up well? Do you eat politically? A collective dinner around food and sustainability.

Do you eat sustainably?

Do you eat up well?

Do you eat politically?

EAT politics ART is an interdisciplinary effort. We bring food and sustainability to the same table for two evenings. At AIL, theses from art and science are brought together, debates are provoked with the help of Eat Art actions.

The goal is the public generation of hitherto unconsidered insights. Honey & bunny create two provocative EAT ART MEALS, whose setting, ritual and dishes correspond to the themes ‘VALUE - food’ and ‘sustainable table manners’. For each meal, three experts are invited, whose work focuses are related to the themes of the evenings. They will be questioned, squeezed, criticized. Taboos are forbidden.

Video: Edward Chapon


Dementia Arts Society – Symposium and Research Presentation

Lectures in German and English from 2016 and 2017

Artistic Research: How can we meet the increasing challenges posed by dementia in our society?

How can we meet the increasing challenges posed by dementia in our society? How can we support people suffering from dementia so that they are able to participate in social life for as long as possible?

Research Presentation DNEMEZ PTRIPEKESVEN, 2016

Symposium DNEMEZ WELTNE, 2017

Project team: Ruth Mateus-Berr (project lead), Cornelia Bast, Antonia Eggeling, Elisabeth Haid, Pia Scharler, Tatia Skhirtladze

Supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR 336-AG24


Showcase: Sustainable and open exhibition system

Work in progress of N.Nest & Re.use. The sustainable and open exhibition and furniture system. A project by Chien-hua Huang, alumni of the architecture master program

Showcase presents selected projects, topics and fields of research from die Angewandte

The project is an open exhibition and furniture system that radically embraces and integrates waste materials, especially recycled plastic PETG which has beneficial structural and chemical durability.

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Through structural optimization algorithms (via Karamba) and machine learning-based topological optimization (via Ameba), the new furniture system not only can assemble waste materials for different kinds different display types of furniture but also allows participatory activities for future reuse. Instead of downcycling, the project intends to augment the potential of reuse and introduce intricate aesthetics in the intelligent system.

One System

The proposal aims to achieve multiple tasks through one sustainable modular-based system. The joint transit in between surface as program and line as a structural component.

The line becomes a structural component that extends the exhibition system and forms the space. While the surface is the functional area for board/pedestal/seats.

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Universal Joint

Via universal joints, the system can connect in multiple directions and open system to connect with different elements. Thus it results in various setup potentials.

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Sustainable Tectonic

The joint is composed of recycled plastic, reused metal pipe, and timber that is easily reconfigured, reused, recycled, and supported by local material /waste management.

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