Addressing Dizziness – Navigating Possibilities in Collectives

4 May 2022, 16:00–20:00, 5 May 2022, 10:00-18:00, 6 May 2022, 10:00-15:30

Zentrum Fokus Forschung (ZFF)

University of Applied Arts

Rustenschacherallee 2-4,

1020 Vienna

Dizziness occurs as an unpredictable movement or the illusion of such a motion that unbalances us. States of dizziness happen temporarily, conditionally, situationally, and on different scales, from the personal and emotional up to societal and systemic levels and can encompass an entire world out of kilter. Therefore, we need to address dizziness as sensory input, impacting our sense of balance but also our ability to make sense and sense in terms of emotional processing. In today's societies, we can localize many sources of disruption, disorientation, and disaster. As we become dizzy as a group or community, we enter a stage of exposedness, unsure of our abilities, actions, and reasoning – we become uncertain of ourselves and the very ground we thought of as stable and stabilizing.

This process-oriented working symposium aims to discuss ways of localizing, recognizing, approaching, and countering dizziness on different scales and disciplines – from the somatic to the built environment to interspecies and post-colonial contexts. Through the prism of art, architecture, philosophy, somatics, post-colonial theory and remembrance cultures, we aim to find ways to uncover the layers of physical, social and architectural dizziness in historical, political, social, fictional, present and future contexts.

Curated by Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Profs for the PhD in Art Program and located at ZFF and in its neighborhood, the symposium will feature Caribbean philosopher and writer Dénètem Touam in conversation with philosopher Karoline Feyertag, and installation by somatic architect Maria Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez, and contributions by the architectural theorist and leader of the interdisciplinary project Vertigo in the City, Davide Deriu, visual and sound artist Dani Gal, novelist and essayist Anna Kim, cultural history and media theory scholar Rebekka Ladewig, the Vienna-based institute for transacoustic research, philosopher Marcus Steinweg, performance artist Laura Brechmann, graphic designers Christian Hoffelner and Katrin Heinlein, artist and clown Florent Golfier and a contribution by a group of master students of the Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Luca Hierzenberger, Samo Zeichen, Daniel Huettler, Jana Weisst, Frieda Teller) in collaboration with artist Jojo Gronostay. Thus, this symposium aims to combine deliberate and unconscious processes cross-pollinating academic knowledge and discourse with somatic learning, artistic work, discussion, and experimentation.

The Symposium in Motion is open to the public. All are welcome and invited to bring light cotton clothes for printing.

4 May 2022, 16:00 - 20:00


Check In & Printing Workshop


Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Alexander Damianisch, Welcome


institute of transacoustic research, Performance + Q&A




Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Introduction


Anna Kim, Lecture + Q&A




Christian Hoffelner (CH Studio, Visual Communication (Prof. Tina Frank), Kunstuniversität Linz) in collaboration with Katrin Heinlein (Mikrodruck, Visual Communication (Prof. Tina Frank), Kunstuniversität Linz) and Students of Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Prof. Mag. phil. Christine Böhler)


Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Guided Tour through the Neighbourhood



5 May 2022, 10:00 - 18:00


Check In


Laura Brechmann, Performance


Dani Gal, HASENHERZ session, screening and discussion            




Davide Deriu, Lecture + Q&A


Lunch Break, Printing Workshop, Riesenrad (optional)


Dénètem Touam Bona, Lecture




Dénètem Touam Bona + Karoline Feyertag, Conversation




Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez, Installation and collective Performance


Get together in the garden



6 May 2022, 10:00 - 15:30


Florent Golfier, Performance Walk




Rebekka Ladewig, Performance + Lecture


BREAK & Printing Workshop


Laura Brechmann, Performance


Marcus Steinweg, Lecture Performance


Round Table Discussion, Reflection Open Questions and Findings.




Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond are visual artists, artist-curators, artist-researchers, and professors for the PhD programme (PhD in Art) at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Their work has been exhibited internationally, e.g., at Centre Pompidou, Paris, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, Tate Modern, London. They have curated screening programs/exhibitions with i.a. Whitechapel Gallery London, Kunsthaus Graz, Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw. Their artistic research projects include the EU-funded ART WORKS! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation (2019-21) with Museion Bolzano, MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Foundation wannseeFORUM, HKW Berlin and Foundation Between Bridges, Dizziness-A Resource (2014-2017), and recently Navigating Dizziness Together (2020-2024) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, both funded by FWF-PEEK. Since 2007 they reflect on construction sites of cultural institutions, i.a. History in Between for House of Austrian History (2017-19), or The Construction Site of Remembrance (2018-2021), at Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau commissioned by the Austrian National Funds.  

Laura Brechmann studied "Film- Theater- and Cultural Studies" and "European Literature" in her Bachelor's degree at JGU Mainz and "Scenic Research" at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (M.A.). From 2018 to 2021, she worked as research assistant at JGU Mainz in the field of theater studies. Her research focuses on essay research, artistic methodologies, performance & philosophy, and artistic research. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she is active as a performance artist in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. In 2017, she initiated the project "In/Out Balance", which performatively explores vertigo as a cultural, political, and subjective phenomenon. The individual vertigo episodes are both solo works (monologues) and collaborations with artists* (dialogues) and are dedicated to different aspects of vertigo (e.g. loneliness, deception, loss of orientation). The episodes so far have been created through the support of various production houses and residency formats, including Atelier Automatique (Bochum), Folkwang Museum Essen, Tanzfaktur Cologne, Choreografische Werkstatt Frankfurt and Studio Alta (Prague). Since spring 2021, she is continuing her dizziness study as part of the PEEK project "Navigating Dizziness Together" (21-23).

Davide Deriu is Reader in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Westminster. His research explores critical intersections between spatial and visual cultures, and is published in journals such as Architectural Theory Review, The Journal of Architecture, and Emotion, Space and Society. Edited works include Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate, 2014). Davide has been awarded grants from the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Paul Mellon Centre, and Canadian Centre for Architecture, where he also curated the ‘Modernism in Miniature’ exhibition. He’s currently working on a book based on the ‘Vertigo in the City’ project he leads at Westminster.

Karoline Feyertag is a cultural worker and philosopher currently employed by the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Her research interests focus on the aporias and ambiguities of becoming(-human, -different, et cetera). Recently, she facilitated the edition of two anthologies, Music and Democracy, and Knowing in Performing (both 2021). Since 2014, Karoline has been working together with Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond on their research-creation evolving around Dizziness. She is also the co-author of the reader Dizziness-A Resource (2019) and author of the monograph Sarah Kofman. Eine Biographie (2014). She met Dénètem in 1999 at the philosophy department of Paris 8 - Saint-Denis and later visited him at the Maroni River in French Guiana.

Dani Gal (1975, Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt and in Cooper Union in New York. His films and installations have been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Istanbul Biennale (2011), New Museum New York (2012), Kunsthalle St. Gallen Switzerland (2013), The Jewish Museum New York (2014), Berlinale Forum Expanded (2014), Kunsthaus Zurich (2015) Kunsthalle Wien (2015), Documenta 14 (2017), Centre Pompidou (2018) and at Club TransMediale Festival Berlin (2020). In 2019 he was artist-in-residence with Blood Mountain. Projects and research fellows at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute.

María Auxiliadora Gálvez (Córdoba, Spain. 1973) is architect by E.T.S.A.M (1998), PhD in Architecture since 2012, and Landscaper. She is also a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education by the Feldenkrais Institute (2018). Since 2016, she has directed the “Platform of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape” (PSAAP) and its associated Laboratory (LSAAP). She is professor at the Institute of Technology of the U.S.P - C.E.U in Madrid, Spain. In parallel she develops workshops, doctorate programs, seminars or happenings all around the world. She has been distinguished in national and international urban and architectural contests, highlighting the VI, VII and IX editions of EUROPAN. Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide featuring her presence in the 8th and 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. Nowadays she works challenging and transforming the role, definition and performance of design developing the potentials of SOMATIC ARCHITECTURE within a more-than-human world.

Florent Golfier is a performer, clown-activist and choreographer. He studied acting in Nancy and dance, clown and physical theater at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Together with Lukáš Karásek, Marie Gourdain and Zuzana Režná, he founded the performing art collective tYhle, he has co-created nine performances as a choreographer or performer. He has worked with choreographers such as Karine Ponties, Kitt Johnson, Vít Nezval,  Linda and Mathias Straub and Ondřej Holba. As an artist, he aims to connect with the fragility we all share, and from which we draw inspiration, honesty and power, and help others to accept it as a precious part of ourselves. Based on this artistic approach, Florent searches for ways to connect initiatives across disciplines in order to work on acknowledgment and clarification of our present and future identities.

Katrin Heinlein (Mikrodruck) is a Graphic design student and screen print enthusiast from Vienna working on collaborative projects as well as on independent ideas in the visual realm. Into lots of colors, organic shapes and funky imagery with focus on a research-based foundation.

Christian Hoffelner is a graphic designer and potter, writer and editor. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Technology, Graz, and graduated in Book Design/Graphic Design from the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. Currently he’s Senior Lecturer for Typography at the University of Art and Design Linz (Kunstuniversität Linz). CH Studio is a micro­scale atelier founded by Christian Hoffelner in 2009. The studio works for private and institutional clients, collaboratively and academically as well as a project self­initiator – all the while focusing on typography and printed matter.

Anna Kim is a writer and essayist based in Vienna. Her publications include: Die gefrorene Zeit. Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2008; Invasionen des Privaten, Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2011; Anatomie einer Nacht. Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2012; Der sichtbare Feind. Die Gewalt des Öffentlichen und das Recht auf Privatheit, Residenz Verlag, St. Pölten 2015; Die große Heimkehr. Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin 2017. For the Research Project “Navigating Dizziness Together” she will write a novel about Anderwald + Grond's Artist's Novel.

Rebekka Ladewig is a cultural history and media theory scholar based in Berlin and Weimar. In 2012, she received her PhD from the Department of Cultural History and Theory at Humboldt-University Berlin. She held research positions at the Cluster of Excellence »Image Knowledge Gestaltung« at Humboldt-University and at the Faculty of Media at Bauhaus-University Weimar. Between 2018 and 2020, she was Adjunct Professor for »History and Theory of Cultural Techniques« at Bauhaus-University, and in 2020/21 she held a Visiting Professorship at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at University of Vienna. She is a founding member and co-editor of the journal ilinx. Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft and the book series ilinx-Kollaborationen, published by Spector Books, Leipzig. Currently, she completes a monograph on Michael Polanyi, Alan M. Turing and the origins of tacit knowing in the light of digitalization. She also pursues a research project on the cultural history of bow and arrow, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and affiliated with the Bauhaus-University Weimar.

Marcus Steinweg, born in 1971, lives and works as a philosopher in Berlin. He is a Professor at the Art Academy Karlsruhe. His recent books include: "Duras" (with Rosemarie Trockel, Berlin: Merve 2008); "Politik des Subjekts“ (Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes 2009); "Aporien der Liebe" (Berlin: Merve 2010); "Kunst und Philosophie / Art and Philosophy" (Cologne: Walter König: 2012); "Philosophie der Überstürzung" (Berlin: Merve 2013), "Inkonsistenzen" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2015), "Evidenzterror" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2015), "Gramsci Theater" (Berlin: Merve 2016), "Splitter" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2017), "Subjekt und Wahrheit" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2018), "Proflexionen" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2019), "Metaphysik der Leere" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2020), "Quantenphilosophie" (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2021). Some of his books are published in English by The MIT Press.

The institute for transacoustic research (german: institut für transakustische forschung, iftaf) was founded by Nikolaus Gansterer, Matthias Meinharter, Jörg Piringer and Ernst Reitermaier in the year 1998 to define and research transacoustics.
With expertise in visual arts, music, sound-poetry and philosophy and supported by external experts the institute organizes public experiments, laboratories and expeditions, conducts field research, invents instruments, creates sound and artworks, and holds workshops and lectures in a process-oriented, context-dependent way.  Matthias Meinharter, born 1971 in Vienna, works since 2003 as an intermedia artist with an atelier in Vienna. Installations, mechanical objects, sound generating machines, photo graphics, video-projects, acoustics and performances are main elements of his heterogeneous artwork. Jörg Piringer, born in 1974 in Vienna. member of the institute for transacoustic research. member of the vegetable orchestra. radio artist. sound and visual poet. musician. master degree in computer science. Ernst Reitermaier, born in 1974, is a freelance philosopher, musician and cultural manager in Vienna, specialized in conceptual and organisational accompaniment of projects in the field of experimental music / performance/ soundart and transdisciplinary cooperations.

Dénètem Touam Bona is a thinker with a cross-border identity who strives to build bridges between worlds that twist, even today, the "color line". Dénètem is a dramaturge and author who turns "marronnage" (the escape of slaves and the arts they employed to escape) into a philosophical subject, a utopian experience serving as a basis to reflect on the contemporary world. Regular collaborator of the Institut du Tout-Monde (center dedicated to the work of Édouard Glissant), he is the author of four philosophical and literary essays: Fugitif, où cours-tu ? (éd. Presses Universitaires de France, 2016), Cosmopoéticas do réfugio (éd. Cultura e barbarie, 2020, Brasil), Sagesse des lianes (éd. Post-Editions, 2021), Fugitive, where are you running ? (includes unpublished texts, éd. Polity, forthcoming Nov. 2022). Dénètem also collaborates on creative projects, mainly as a playwright but also in the dance field, and has recently curated a group exhibition at the Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de Vassivière, entitled "The wisdom of lianas" (2021-2022), in which he aims to put in place a "cosmopoetic refuge".

In cooperation with Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (CDS)

The study programme, led by Christine Böhler, provides the opportunity to work on current societal challenges in a multidisciplinary degree programme, linking the approaches and methodologies of art, the humanities and social and natural sciences. In this sense, the programme reacts to the increasing fragmentation of academic disciplines, aiming to face up 21st-century challenges.

Participants: Daniel Hüttler, Friederike Teller, Jana Weissteiner, Luca Hierzenberger & Samo Zeichen

Jojo Gronostay is a german artist with ghanaian roots. In his conceptual work he is dealing with questions of identity, platforms, recycling and the in-between. Furthermore Gronostay’s works engages systems that interrogate relationships between Europe and Africa. He explores concepts of value and economy as well as spiritual human and material exchange, as they perform in different social contexts. He studied Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Martin Guttmann and at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. Gronostays is represented by Gallery Hubert Winter and the founder of Dead Mans White Clothes, an interdisciplinary clothing label.

Navigating Dizziness Together, FWF-PEEK AR598