Katharina BrandlAssistant / PhD candidate
Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie
Assistant / PhD candidate
St. Alban-Graben 8
eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes
Katharina Brandl studied political science (Mag.) and art history (BA) at the University of Vienna, as well as critical studies (MA) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has worked in research funding & communications and as researcher, writer, curator and manager in the arts – for example as researcher and managing editor for the Austrian contribution to the Architectural Biennale in Venice in 2014, as manager for an international studio- and residency program and as tutor at the Department for Art History of the University of Vienna. Besides her work in the arts and in academics, she co-founded the NPO “Sorority” and was the executive co-director of the feminist festival “Business Riot”.
On the Holodeck. Gaming Aesthetics in Contemporary Art
From Hito Steyerls Biennale piece “Factory of the Sun” (2015), to Cao Fei’s and Cory Arcangel’s oeuvre – references to the image-worlds of screen-based games are ubiquitous in contemporary art. The nexus between art and games is nothing new, but has been revisited and updated during the 20th century, most prominently by the historical avant-garde and the neo-avant-gardes. The projects chooses a focus on the political meaning of references to contemporary screen-based games, in order to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the notion of contemporary art. Digital games with their antagonism between game and play are assumed to be suited to discuss a certain oscillation between affirmation and critique. Contingency, temporalities and conflict are the keywords to embed works of contemporary art in a context of theories of radical democracy, of games and of the contemporary.