IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Ruth Schnell & Martin Kusch SS17

June 6, 2017, 7pm
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Lichthof B

Ruth Schnell is a media artist based in Vienna. Since 2010 she is Head of the Digital Art Department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

She has been working with computer-aided tools since the mid-1980s. Her corpus of work, which includes video installations, interactive video environments and light installations, explores the nature of human perception and the relationship between human perception and the human body. She is considered an expert in dynamic projection in particular. Moreover, she has done pioneering work in programming electronic LED light sticks visualizing the after-image phenomenon in different series of works.

Solo and group exhibitions include: Digital Synesthesia / ISEA Hongkong / HK, 2016; Digital Synesthesia, AIL, Vienna / AT; E/M/D/L European Mobile Dome Lab / Satosphère, Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], Montreal / CA, 2015; Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art / RU, 2011 and 2013; ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe / DE, 2010 and 2008; Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla/BIACS 3 / ES, 2009; Akademie der Künste Berlin / DE, 2004/05; California Science Center, Los Angeles / USA, 2004; Kunsthaus Bregenz / AT, 2002; mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien / AT, 2000; 46. Biennale di Venezia / Austrian Pavilion / IT, 1995.


Martin Kusch studied art history, philosophy and painting in Berlin, and media arts with Peter Weibel in Vienna. He is the founder and director of the Dome-lab and the co-leader of the European Mobile Dome Lab for Artistic Research (E/M/D/L), at the Dept. for Digital Art, University for Applied Arts, Vienna. Founder and artistic co-director of the Media performance group kondition pluriel, he is particularly interested in the transformation processes of the electronic media inside performative contexts, and on how digital technologies influence our perception of the body and space. His works have been presented at numerous festivals and institutions, such as: Ars Electronica (Linz), CYNETart (Dresden), CDA (Enghien les Bains), EMPAC (Troy), FIND (Montreal), ICA (London), ISEA (Nagoya, Helsinki, Essen, Hong Kong), SAT (Montreal), Transmediale (Berlin), Mois-Multi (Quebec City), ZKM (Karlsruhe) and Museumsquartier (Vienna).