Sabine Flach has been a professor of modern and contemporary art at the Karl-Franzens University Graz since 2014. She is the head of the Institute of Art History and head of the Center of Contemporary Art. From 2011-2013 she was a professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York City and from 2000-2010 head of the research department 'WissensKünste' at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin (ZfL). Her research and teaching focuses are on art and art theories of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, visual and media theories of the 20th and 21st centuries, epistemology and methodology of contemporary art, phenomenology and art; Art and concepts of nature; Aesthetics, aesthesis and media of embodiment.
Gréta Mikos works as the assistant to the head of the Center of Contemporary Art in Graz. She studied art history at the University of Graz and is currently a doctoral student. Her dissertation deals with the characters Judith, Salome and Medea under a feminist and gender-specific research focus. The research question focuses on the aspect of the "femme fatale" as well as the "feminist icon". In the course of her dissertation, she wants to gain insight into how these subjects, in relation to the characters to be examined, come about, how far social structures influence these subjects, and to what extent these aspects are influenced by a distinctly male or female ‘gaze’.
Elisabeth Zuparic BA works as an administrative assistant at the Center of Contemporary Art and as a student assistant at the Institute of Art History at the University of Graz. She is currently a master's student in art history at the University of Graz. In her bachelor thesis she dealt intensively with the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his connection to early hip-hop culture. Her master's thesis is entitled "Everyone's work is a kind of reflection of identity" The Role of Identity in Art by Tschabalala Self and Lina Iris Viktor. The focus here is on the question of how the identity building elements of Blackness or Black Femininity are transported in their artistic works. In addition, she deals with Southeast European art, in particular with the interfaces between contemporary art from the territory of the former Yugoslavia and the scientific discourse on nationalism and nation.
Felicitas Pilz works as an administrative assistant at the Center of Contemporary Art as well as at the Institute of Art History at the University of Graz. She studied art history and educational science at the University of Graz and is currently completing her master´s degree in art history. Besides her studies she gained practical experience not only in the area of museum education at the Universalmuseum Joanneum but also by working as a project assistant at the contemporary art institution esc medien kunst labor. Regarding her academic research, Felicitas Pilz focuses on discussing theories of embodiment, emotion research and gender studies based on works of contemporary performance art. In this context, she is writing her master´s thesis entitled Embodiment of Performance. Embodying the emotion of suffering through the reception of contemporary performance art.
Maximiliane Bürger, BA
Maximiliane Bürger works as an administrative assistant at the Center of Contemporary Art. She is currently completing a master's degree in art history at the University of Graz and also started a master's degree in exhibition design at the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in autumn 2020. Her art historical master's thesis deals with the “emancipation of color from the image carrier - from Goethe to Rothko”, as a central phenomenon of modern and contemporary art. By drawing an arrow between central theoretical and artistic development stages, her work examines a continuous process of the independence of color itself, which brings with it an increasing dynamization and emotionalization of it and finally gives the color the opportunity to completely loose its relation to the objectivity, to become an autonomous phenomenon, detached from the two-dimensionality of the image carrier and thus above all with a spatial effect. With such works of art, the immediate perception is essential and is challenged at the same time.
Alexandra Hammond was born and raised in rural Northern California and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and BA from NYU’s Studio Art department. Hammond’s multidisciplinary practice spans painting, installation and conversational performances. Hammond believes that the imagination has the power to transform reality. She also believes that all things, including perception, arise from a common ground of being and are therefore in constant relationship with what is and what has been.
The seeming poles of her practice, which are painting on the one hand and “relational aesthetics” on the other, are manifestations of an oscillation between idealization, the experience of individuation and the experience of simultaneously being shaped and always in relation to everything else that exists. Hammond’s paintings are portals into other worlds - interior landscapes where the imagination, the unconscious and the “thinking” mind manifest visually.