Interview (2015)
HD / video / 2:00 min / color / no sound

Katharina Swoboda

Katharina Swoboda's artistic praxis is predominantly video-based as she prefers, on one hand, the flexibility of audiovisual media, and on the other hand the flexibility the equipment gives to her work. Video works as an open format, that allows the viewer to add additional references from the outside - the video, as material, allows to make links that are not yet inscribed in its structure.
Due to her former training as a contemporary dancer, the body plays a central role in
her work and re-appears in different forms and shapes. In the art of dance, space and spacing are crucial factors - body movements create lines and directions in space, dividing it into imaginary sections which make space tangible. Following a similar strategy for video,
she forms spaces through lines set up by camera positions, visual axes and set design.
Currently Katharina is working on a new project - ATEM HALTEN - where she deals with the connection between animals and femininity in performance, video and installation. With
a specific focus on queer-feministic theories, following the `animalistic` aspects of cultural and artistic production, so far it questions the “animal turn”, animism, anthropocentrism, “encounters” (Donna Haraway), nature, subjectivity of an animal, “Becoming Animal” (Deleuze/Guattari), wilderness, queerness of animals (Jack Judith Halberstam), Zoe/Bios
(Rosi Braidotti) and Zoöesis (Una Chauduri).
Katharina's videos have been shown in several venues internationally, including Vienna, London, Budapest, Valletta and Houston, Texas. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and is currently working on her PhD project at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Among others, she received an ASA Visual Arts fellowship from the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg and participated in the Kamov City of Rijeka residency in Croatia and the Nida Art Colony in Lithuania. She received a scholarship from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture (BMUKK) and a research grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF) in 2013. She lives and works in Graz and Hamburg.