November: 24.11..2022 

Workshop: Turning The World Upside Down –Let’s celebrate life
10-12am @ Palazzo Michiel
Griessner Stadl

Workshop: Let’s talk about death
14-16 pm @ Palazzo Michiel
Vanessa Gruber



November: 25.11.2022

Open Stage: Art and Diversity
13-15 pm @ Palazzo Michiel
Georg Russegger


> OPERA APERTA STREAMS | Palazzo Michiel

November: 25.11.2022
7 pm @ Palazzo Michiel
Topic: Art and Diversity

The Opera Aperta Streams are panel-discussions hosting interdisciplinary experts and artefacts to present, discuss and reflect. The panel is dedicated to the multi-perspectivity of contemporary art and the constructivism of education as an attribute of democracy. The aim is to reflect on the meaningof art and education in so-called post-democratic times.

Find the Panel-discussions/ Live Stream hosted by the Wiener Zeitung here.

Find more information on the page of the Wiener Zeitung here.


Barbra Brunmair, Priv. Doz. Dr. St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute

Ruth Mateus-Berr, Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Mag. art. Head of Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Moderator: Georg Russegger, Dr. phil. Mag. art., Head of the Centre for Knowledge Transfer, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Facilitator: Wolfgang Renner, Dr. h.c., MSc Head of Wiener Zeitung Akademie, Wiener Zeitung

23.04.2022 — 27.11.2022


April 23rd to November 27th | Opened daily 10 am — 6 pm, Closed on Tuesdays

Adress: Palazzo MoraStrada Nuova #3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy

Intra-Actions: Existence is not an Individual Matter

The spatial installation "Intra-Actions: Existence is not an Individual Matter" at Palazzo Mora, Room #18, is the contribution of the Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna to the Venice Biennial 2022, curated by the European Cultural Center.

The installation was developed collaboratively with staff, alumni, and students of the Center for Art Didactics and Interdisciplinary Education, staff of the Science Visualization Lab (Prof. Alfred Vendl), students of the Digital Art Department (Prof. Ruth Schnell), and alumni of the University of Applied Arts from various departments, as well as cooperation partners.

As a quantum physicist, Barad raises interesting questions not only for physics, but also for art, design, technology. Her work engages with both the human and the non-human, including apparatuses of whatever kind. She considers things not in their singularity, but in their interdependence, and calls this method Intra-Actions. A multi-particle system of quantum physics – which as a whole assumes a well-defined state without being able to assign each of the subsystems their own state – is applied to humanity and expresses a new way of interpreting interdisciplinarity. Intra-Actions show the entanglement of people and nature, the material and the artificial. According to Barad, individuals do not exist prior to their interactions, but emerge through and as part of their intertwined internal relationships. Understanding this approach, it becomes clear that entangling with the Other describes the absence of one’s own existence, for existence is not an individual matter.

The installation shows an ongoing approach towards the most diverse positions on the theme Time, Space and Existence. It expresses an Agential Realism, which stands for the growing awareness that we cannot separate culture, materiality, technology, nature, and existence. It consists of a burnt tree whose branches are connected via cables and whose only remaining leaves are screens. The screens show selected positions of artists’ works. The organic structure of the wood in connection with technology and digitalization is also metaphoric. In relation to the digital content shown on the screens, there are ongoing intra-actions between tree and screens. The space installation draws attention to both the interconnections of deforestation, climate change and the exploitation of energy resources, and to the importance of art in this context. Here, art, as a seismograph of society, implies the power of renewal.

The installation would have initially been accompanied with a specially created scent reminiscent of smoke and burnt wood to echo the themes of deforestation and climate change, however, given current world events, it was decided to forgo this option in favour designing another, fresher fragrance, reinforcing instead humanity’s capacity for renewal, uplifting positivity, and hope for the future. And with pieces of coal provided for drawing on the walls, everyone can become involved.

The installation is accompanied by artist talks, performances and workshops, the so-called Opera Aperta and will be medially mediated and live-streamed by the oldest daily newspaper still published in the world: The Wiener Zeitung (feat. by Wolfgang Renner). The programme is co-created in collaboration with Georg Russegger (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna). Topics discussed are: Art, Education & Democracy; Art & The Social Impact; Digital Humanism, Collaboration & Sustainability; Art & Media Ethics, Visual Competences; Art & Diversity.

Realization: C. Gröbner, P. Scharler, M. Bachinger, R. Mateus-Berr, S. Bösker

Past Events



Time: June 13th 10-12am

When we speak of inclusion of people with disabilities, we mostly consider increasing their visibility and their right to a place in society. With the interdisciplinary project TURNING THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN we investigate the possibilities of collaborations between artists and people with mental disabilities. The aim of our work is not for artists to bring their work to the world of people with disabilities – rather people with disabilities should bring their unique perspectives, approaches, and questions to the table and in that way change the perspectives and processes of artists. Our aim is an exchange of competences between equals.

We established a theater/performance ensemble of artists with disabilities in collaboration with art association GRIESSNER STADL, LEBENSHILFE Murau and the theater director FRANZ-XAVER MAYR.

We invite anybody interested to take part in our regular ensemble/performance training program and workshops. The participants are also invited to reflect and discuss our work. Those who want to participate in our training/workshops: please bring a favourite song/piece of music and a favourite item of yours.

Adress: Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nuova - 4391 Campo Santi Apostoli, 30121 Venezia, Italy


Workshop: EMPATHY : BEING TOUCHED by Demedarts

Time: June 13th, 1.30-3.00 pm

We offer visitors (ALL are welcome) a sensual experience: in the first room we engage our visitors in creating a mobile, a moveable sculpture, as a visual reflection of positive memories. On location and using different materials, participants can give their mobile an individual appearance and haptic feel. Balancing these mobiles, the participants are interacting with the objects between the musicians, letting them interpret the visual objects into sounds, melodies and rhythms as graphic notation. Reflect- ing these sonorous associations, music empathizes with the arts and vice versa.

Adress: Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nuova - 4391 Campo Santi Apostoli, 30121 Venezia, Italy



Time: June 13th, 3.30-5.00 pm

Cancer, specifically when affecting children, evokes compassionate emotions, fear, and helplessness. On the other side, modern biomedical science
has achieved enormous progress towards a better understanding of the disease and improved cure

of patients. Although potentially providing hope to patients and their relatives, this aspect of the can- cer problem is too complex to be easily understood. Therefore, there is a big gap between the emotional and the rational perception of the disease. Artistic practices may not only help to express emotions associated with cancer, but also provide orienta- tion to affected individuals by explaining complex scientific contents in a sensorially tangible form. According to the Art4Science concept, this work- shop will stimulate the generation of small pieces of art as roadmaps that may serve to navigate through complex scientific content using a pediatric bone cancer as an example.

Adress: Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nuova - 4391 Campo Santi Apostoli, 30121 Venezia, Italy



Time: June 13th, 5.00-6.30 pm

The time of discharge from the hospital – although eagerly awaited – is a great challenge for young cancer patients and their families after stem cell transplantation. The transition from inpatient to outpatient care, where they will be fully responsible for their own care, may create many uncertainties and complications, making communication and exchange of information with their care providers exceedingly important. In this workshop we aim to generate new ideas to improve communication and motivation/compliance of children and adolescents: What new/special incentives could be offered to keep a young person motivated to cooperate with the clinic, even though they are suffering severely and are at constant risk of death or developing severe late effects?

Adress: Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nuova - 4391 Campo Santi Apostoli, 30121 Venezia, Italy



Open Stage Diskussion on Art and Social Impact | June 14th, 10-12am @ Palazzo Michiel
Georg Russegger
The open stage workshop is a pre-event to the Opera Aperta Streams. It acts as a platform for a vivid and progressive format of reflection and discussion. The open space workshop will be moderated and will apply methods from “the art of hosting” in a “bar-camp” framework. The participants are invited to discuss the topic “Art and Social Impact“ with invited experts from inter- and transdisciplinary fields (stakeholders, artists, scientists, curators and organizers). Curated questions from the discussion will fuel the Opera Aperta Stream in the evening. Besides that, the outcomes of the discussion will also be published in a dossier of the Wiener Zeitung.


Ruth Mateus-Berr, Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Mag. art. Head of Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisci- plinary Education, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Heinrich Kovar, Univ. Prof., PhD; Group leader “Mo- lecular Biology of Solid Tumors”, St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute

Moderator: Georg Russegger, Dr. phil. Mag. art, Head of Centre for Knowledge Transfer, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Facilitator:Wolfgang Renner, Dr. h.c. MSc, Head of Wiener Zeitung Akademie, Wiener Zeitung

The event will take place on site and will also be available online as a live-stream.
The event will be in English.
To register for the on site event in Venice sent email to:

Live-Stream:Wiener Zeitung

Adress: Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nuova - 4391 Campo Santi Apostoli, 30121 Venezia, Italy


Extra Curriculum

#Performance/Artist Talk Metamorphosis 

April 27th | Palazzo Mora | 4—5 pm

Julia Fromm & Mauricio Ianes

‘Metamorphosis’ by Julia Fromm and Maurício Ianês investigates the relationship between culture, nature, language, and ideological appropriation. The transformation through perception and spatial alienation is chronicled in the artwork. By explicitly remaining in their fixed positions, the artists adhere to a rigorous script with restricted forms of expression, much as the fixed point personified by the artist (Fromm), entangled in the rules, and the ramifications thereof (Ianês) resonating with the actions of the audience as a mediator. Simultaneously, the transformation of a system that encompasses multiple ideas and practices allows the artists to reimagine a world of tomorrow, in a post-Covid context when the current norms are being rewritten. Our world, heading towards unprecedented difficulties, calls for a reversal of the downward spiral of calamitous interactions pleading for an artistic intervention.


#Performance insitu ani·motion  

June 11th @ Palazzo Mora, 2nd Floor NFT Room | starting 3pm
June 12th @ Palazzo Mora, 1st Floor | starting 11pm

Ivan Pantelic & Bernd Rohrauer 

How can we use media as a participatory tool to simultaneously create impact on space and people? This project aims to answer this question. Understanding space as an outcome of social processes, insitu ani·motion is developed as a method that enables participatory performative public space interventions by collective video-making. How is this achieved? By creating conditions for real-time video-making onsite collaboration: a technical tool provides a platform which entices passers-by to change their routines, get together and create a collective stop motion-based animated film on site, screen it on the surrounding surface and thus contribute to placemaking by changing its use and appeal. This challenges the conventions of mediamaking by blending its different phases which, conventionally, would be separated in time: the production, post-production and screening coincide. Neither the outcome itself is fixed, nor are the roles of partakers, simultaneous filmmakers, editors and spectators.


#Concert the touch of a heartbeat

June 12th, 2022 | 4 pm

Agnes Haider: Keys; Andreas Broger. Reeds; Dietmar Flosdorf: Strings; Raphael Vorraber: Drums

Main Hall of Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova #3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy


#Movie Shows Glory to the Queen

June 18th, 2022 | 6.30 pm 
AT/GEO/SRB 2020, 82 min
by Tamar Skhirtladze

Leading us to Tbilisi, Georgia, Glory to the Queen reveals the interwoven biographies of the world chess heroes Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Alexandria, Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani. It offers rare insight into their recent lives while at the same time exploring their lasting legacy. Today, they are aging women, ordinary and extreme, pedantic and free. The city, indeed the whole country, is still marked by them – even if these marks are slowly fading.

Although they played together as the Soviet Union’s Olympic team, they were also tough opponents and had not sat together at the same table for over 25 years. Glory to the Queen brings them together again in an encounter where memories emerge, the common history is recalled, and many differences come to light.

Main Hall of Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova #3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy

Intra-Actions Participants 

Ruth Mateus-Berr (Lead), Art 4 Science (Teresa Berr, Evalyn Blumenau, Bela Borsodi, Barbara Brunmair, Lisa Huto, Günter Koch, Heinrich Kovar, Eva König (PL), Walter Kreuz, Max Kropitz, Lukas Lach, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Franz Reisecker, Wolfgang Renner, Sebastian Seegy, Sabine Taschner-Mandl, Eleni Tomazou, Romana Zöchling), Manuel C.Bachinger, Pamela Bartar, Christina Berger, Sophie Bösker, Christina Carli, Lio Ebenstein, Cornelia Feitsinger, Carmen Fetz, Max Fink, Harald Friedl, Magdalena Friedl, Julia Fromm, Martina Fröschl, Lena Fürjesi, Natascha Gerold, Eva Greisberger, Nick Gröller, L. Vanessa Gruber, Florian Gutmann, Ida J. Hausner, Lea Heinz, Julia Hemmelmaier, Christa Holzbauer, Maurício Ianês, INTERACCT (Pascal Blikman, Barbara Brunmair, Helmut Hlavacs (PL), Fares Kayali, Jens Kuczwara, Anita Lawitschka, Zsuzsanna Lehner, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Daniel Martinek, Michael Nebel, Konrad Peters, Andrea Reithofer, Marisa Silbernagl, Melanie Strasser, Manuel Sprung, Rebecca Wölfle), Lisa Kielmeier, Klaudia Kozma, Claudia Kragulj, Nicole Krenn, Vanessa Kügerl, Lukács Lászlo, Hanna Lex, Igor Lintz-Maués, Aneta Luberda, Pia Mayer, Aurélie Mazars, Mattia Minelli, Maria Mogy, Heinrich Viktor Nagy, Pavel Naydenov, Shahab Nedaei, Ivan Pantelic, Michelle Pavonic, Ana Pluhar, Eren Puke, Gabriela Urrutia Reyes, Bernd Rohrauer, Nilufar Royce, Manuel Salomon, Valentina Santner, Wagner Felipe dos Santos, Pia Scharler, Michaela Schober, Lydia Simon, Tatia Skhirtiadze, Lea Sonderegger, Lisa Truttmann, Sebastian Robinson, Afred Vendl, Christina Weiler, Alexander Weik, Lea Wieser, Ruth Zimmermann

Opera Aperta Participants

Pamela Bartar, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Andreas Broger, Barbara Brunmair, Christina Carli, Nicole Daros, Anita Eichinger, Gert Engelbrecht, Romana Ferrari-Zöchling, Dietmar Flosdorf, Martina Fröschl, Lara Girotto, Eva Greisberger, Constantin Gröbner, L. Vanessa Gruber, Agnes Haider, Tamara Hotter, Lisa Kielmeier, Heinrich Kovar, Alexandra Leitgeb, Moritz Matschke, Franz-Xaver Mayr, Jeanette Müller,  Ferdinand Nagele, Irina Nalis, Shahab Nedai, Andreas Oberweger, Günther Ogris, Anna Pech, Verena Plutzar, David Rauter, Ursula Reisenberger, Wolfgang Renner Philipp Rirsch, Georg Russegger, Pia Scharler, Eva-Maria Stadler, Miriam Sumann, Marina Trippl, Gerhard Url, Gabriela Urrutia Reyes, Alfred Vendl, Raphael Vorraber, Patricia Weinberger, Daniel Wiedemaier, Anita Winkler