Katharina Brandl
Assistant / PhD candidate
PhD candidate

Katharina Brandl

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie

Fachbereich Kunstgeschichte

Assistant / PhD candidate

Kunsthistorisches Seminar
St. Alban-Graben 8
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 206 63 86
katharina.brandl@unibas.ch


Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes

PhD candidate

Rheinsprung 9/11
4051 Basel
Schweiz

katharina.brandl@unibas.ch

Curriculum Vitae

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”.  

Publications

Brandl, K. and Zenker, F. (eds) (2019) TechnoCare. Vienna: Verlag für moderne Kunst.   edoc
Brandl, K. and Zenker, F. (2019) ‘Interspecies Media Art. Technologische Begegnungen jenseits der Großen Kluft/Technological Encounters beyond the Great Divide’, EIKON - Internationale Zeitschrift für Photographie und Medienkunst. Triton-Verlag, 106, pp. 53-65.   edoc
Brandl, K. and Zenker, F. (2019) ‘Care, Fürsorge, Pflege. Kunst an einem technologischen Kampfplatz unserer Zeit/Care. Art on an Technological Battlefield of Our Time’, in Brandl, K. and Zenker, F. (eds) TechnoCare. Wien: Verlag für moderne Kunst, pp. 7-21.   

Current Project

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.

Hito Steyerl Factory of the Sun, 2015, Single channel HD video in architectural environment, 23 min.

Hito Steyerl Factory of the Sun, 2015, Single channel HD video in architectural environment, 23 min.