The Team

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Event management and communication
toikoi_erzählende räume
Isabelle Blanc, Chiara Riccardi, Ilaria Vernier

Biennale Office Vienna
Belvederegasse 14-16/M4, 1040 Wien
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Realized on behalf of The Federal Chancellery of Austria – Arts Division
Christian Kühn

Concept and design
Christian Kühn, Harald Trapp

With contributions by
Auböck + Kárász Landscape Architects
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Institut für Architektur und Entwerfen – Technische Universität Wien

Exhibition team
Thomas Amann, Florian Sammer, Kathrin Schelling, Markus Zimmermann

Project assistants and researchers
Katharina Brandl, Doris Grüssinger, Daniela Hahn

Graphic design
buero bauer – Gesellschaft für Orientierung und Identität


Fotocredit: Andreas Balon
Christian Kühn
Commissioner, concept and design

Born in 1962, graduated from Vienna University of Technology, PhD at ETH Zürich; post-doctoral thesis at Vienna University of Technology in 2001; Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Design at Vienna University of Technology, emphasis on educational architecture. Architectural critic for “Die Presse” and for specialist journals including Architektur- und Bauforum, archithese and ARCH+. 1995–2000 Board of the Austrian Association of Architecture, since 2000 Board of the Austrian Architecture Foundation. Member of the Advisory Council for Architecture in the Federal Chancellery and the Monument Preservation Advisory Council. Since 2008, Dean of Studies for Architecture at Vienna University of Technology.

Fotocredit: Andreas Balon
Harald Trapp
Concept and design

Born in 1960, studied sociology (Munich), architecture (Vienna, London, Stuttgart), exhibition architect (MAK, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Kunsthalle Bonn, Venice Biennale, among others), assistant at the Institute of Architecture and Design, Building Theory department (Vienna University of Technology), PhD (Vienna University of Technology), teaching assignment at the School of Architecture (University of East London).

Fotocredit: Peter Reischer
Auböck + Kárász
Landscape architects and architects

International activities in landscape and garden architecture. Cultural science studies, film projects, exhibition concepts and designs.

Maria Auböck
Studied Architecture at Vienna University of Technology. Teaching assignment at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, since 1999 Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich: “Design in Free Space”.

János Kárász
Studied architecture and social science in Vienna. Teaching assignment at universities in Vienna, Munich and Budapest.

Fotocredit: Manfred Klimek
Wolf D. Prix

Wolf D. Prix, born in Vienna in 1942, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Studied architecture at Vienna University of Technology, at the Architectural Association in London, and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. Wolf D. Prix is regarded as one of the inventors of the deconstructivist movement in architecture. The invitation to the exhibition “Deconstructivist Architecture” at the MoMA in New York in 1988 was the international breakthrough for COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was founded in Vienna in 1968, since when the company has been operating in the spheres of architecture, urban planning, design and art, headed by Wolf D. Prix. Another studio opened in Los Angeles, USA, in 1988. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU currently employs a staff of more than one hundred from nineteen countries.

Fotocredit: Kollektiv/Rauschen

Textfeld: Photo credit: Kollektiv/RauschenThe KOLLEKTIV/RAUSCHEN group was founded in Berlin in 2010 as part of an exhibition project and consists of four artists from the sphere of fine arts and music. As KOLLEKTIV/RAUSCHEN, they work on projects that enable an extended space of sound, combining elements of performance, installation, sculpture and concert.

Sebastian Bauer [*1977, D] studied at the universities of Erlangen and Vienna (history, theatre studies);
Christian Schröder [*1979, AT] studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (media art);
Samuel Schaab [*1981, D] studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (media art);
Markus Taxacher [*1980, AT] studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (sculpture, digital media).

Vera Kumer (*1979/AT) is Senior Scientist at the Institute for Architecture and Design at TU Vienna with a specialization in digital media in architecture. Since 2013 she is member of the “International Consortium for Repository Discourse” founded in 2011 by Dennis de Bel (*1984/NL) and Philipp Teister (1982/DE) in Rotterdam and Vienna. In its work, the consortium focuses on the relationship between scientific and artistic research and applied methodology. ICFRD is involved in research on privacy/control of virtual and physical spaces, anonymity, (virtual) off-spaces and non-spaces.
The work presented in the exhibition follows the method of “photographic dissection”. Sequential photographic recording of movement in space dissects space step-by-step as in an architectural section. This process of moving a scalpel through the architectural body is followed by a process - situated between film and photography - of merging the sections according to the spatial trajectories used before.


Markus Zimmermann (Berlin, D), studied Computer Science (Berlin, D) and Architecture (Vienna, Buenos Aires and Shenzhen).
Since 2009, he contributed to the HB2 Media Lab at Vienna University of Technology exploring experimental usages of moving images and digital media in the process of form and spatial definition methods, where intensive use of digital video, new media and efforts in cinematographic experiments as a new toolset for and within the architectural design phase were put into practice. His work is situated at the interface between media art, movie making, programming and digital architecture. Projects / Exhibitions / Lectures: TRIMARCHI DG (MAR DEL PLATA, ARG), 2007; MAISPACE (VIENNA, AT), 2008; LEAD AWARD HAMBURG (HAMBURG, DE), 2009; WITTE DE WITT / FESTIVAL OPENING (ROTTERDAM, NL), 2010; CODED CULTURES (VIENNA, AT), 2011; FUTURE FLUXUS, DONAUFESTIVAL (KREMS, AT), 2011; ORF KUNSTRADIO, RADIOKULTURHAUS (VIENNA, AT), 2012; NASSAUISCHER KUNSVEREIN (WIESBADEN, DE), 2012.
The work presented in the exhibition juxtaposes material from two architectural worlds separated by 140 years: the Austrian parliament in Vienna designed by Theophil Hansen and the parliament project for Tirana/Albania and the international conference center in Dalian/China, both designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au. Videos, photographs and sketches are integrated into a multi-screen video-performance, a continuous image stream that challenges the visual capacities of the observer.
Institute of Architecture and Design,
Vienna University of Technology

With more than 27,000 students and some 4500 members of staff, Vienna University of Technology is Austria’s largest research and educational facility for natural science and technology. In keeping with the maxim of “Technology for People”, Vienna University of Technology has been a hub of research, teaching and studying for almost two hundred years. Vienna University of Technology thus combines pure and application-driven research and research-driven teaching at a high level of quality.

Students of architecture from various classes were involved in the exhibition on show in Venice. The foundations for construction of the roughly two hundred models of national parliament buildings were developed as part of the exercise “Specialist fields of building theory” (supervised by Florian Sammer, Kathrin Schelling, Prof. Christian Kühn). The Austrian parliament was studied and documented in image sequences in the laboratory exercise “Photographic dissection of performative spaces” (Vera Kumer / Prof. Gerhard Steixner).