Elisa "Pooper" Harkins is a Native American composer and artist originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Her music, animation, paintings and paper mache sculptures investigate Native American stories, rituals, and spirituality through a the lens of someone raised on pop culture and computer games.
After my initial artistic engagement with constructions of gender and identity within society, as well as discussing urban space as social architecture, I recently examine “Art practice as Research“ and now work on projects that explore how the knowledge industry in the context of its social environment effects and presents artistic practice. I am interested in considering artistic practice as a process of exchange between the artist and his (spatial) surroundings. I furthermore interrogate how “political learning“, with which we today are evidently engaged and faced in arts, can be confronted in a reflecting-critical and rhetorical way in the practice of exhibition. What does art research mean in a politically disciplined landscape under the conditions of institutional presentation and commercialization?
Johanna Bruckner was born in Vienna in 1984. She graduated at the University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna (Sabeth Buchmann) in 2009; she also studied at the Vienna University of Technology, the University of Utrecht and received grants for pursuing research on her final thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, 2009. She participated in international screenings and festivals such as for example LOOP Barcelona, the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010, and presents new work at Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin.