Global Challenges + Sustainable Developments: People

Double Degree Master Programme with Tongji University Shanghai

Staff

Katharina Gsöllpointner
Head International Programmes in Sustainable Developments

Katharina Gsöllpointner is a trained communication, media, and art theorist with a special focus on the crossover of media aesthetics, digital technologies, cybernetics of art, and with a long lasting passion for cross-disciplinary thinking and acting. From 1991 to 1995 Katharina was manager of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. She has conceived, led, and carried out a series of inter- and transdisciplinary research projects on issues of media aesthetics and media art.

Since 2019 she is head of department and also main coordinator of the double degree master’s programme “Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments” which is carried out in collaboration with Tongji University Shanghai. In that programme she holds the project-oriented course Cross-Disciplinary Project Work as well as the seminar Reflection of Study Work and Progress

Katharina Gsöllpointner
Mitra Kazerani
Assistant International Programmes in Sustainable Developments

Mitra Kazerani is an information designer with a longstanding experience in exhibition and graphic design. As part of her professional experience she also worked for various production teams for independent theater companies in Vienna and Berlin. 

Since 2010 she has been working at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, first in the department of Graphic Design and the Institute of Design in matters of organisation, public relations, events and portfolio presentations, and since autumn 2019 in the new department "International Programmes in Sustainable Developments".

Mitra Kazerani
Johanna Altenburger
Administration International Programmes in Sustainable Developments

Johanna Altenburger is a trained office clerk. She has been working at the University of Applied Arts Vienna since July 2002, initially at the Department of Technical Chemistry and Archaeometry where her field of responsibility later has been expanded to institute secretary for the Institute of Art and Technology. She also took over organizational tasks in the field of geometry and natural sciences in conservation.

Since December 2021 she is staff member of the department International Programmes in Sustainable Developments where she is responsible for administrative and organizational tasks.

Johanna Altenburger
Nanna Heidenreich
Head Transcultural Studies

Nanna Heidenreich took over the newly established professorship Transcultural Studies in fall 2020. She is a media and cultural studies scholar as well as a curator for film, video, and theory. As curator she has been working with the Berlinale (Forum Expanded), HKW Berlin and the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne, Germany, where she last curated "Hotspots. Migration and the Sea" in 2019, one of the iterations of her current research project "thinking with the sea" [Meer Denken].

In addition her work focuses on postcolonial (media) theory, critical migration and border regime studies, anti/racism, infrastructure studies, and the intersections of art, politics, and activism.

Nanna Heidenreich
Sabine Hinrichs
University Lecturer

Sabine Hinrichs studied Sinology at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna and spent a year abroad at the University of Nanjing, China, in 2014/15. She is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on the portrayal of the Mongol Yuan dynasty in early modern Chinese historical writing in order to investigate the integration process of non-Han Chinese peoples into a modern nation-state through historiography. She is deputy chair at the independent online-magazine dasReispapier, which publishes articles related to East Asia.

Starting from 2017 she has been teaching courses related to Chinese history and culture as well as to academic writing at the Department of East Asian Studies and, starting from October 2022, she teaches the course Introduction to Chinese Language, History and Culture at the Angewandte.

Sabine Hichrichs
Irene Jancsy
University Lecturer

Irene Jancsy is a communications expert who has been working with the international humanitarian organisation Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for over fifteen years. In her current job, she is responsible for the development and training of MSF’s field communications staff around the world. Intrigued by the dynamics of intercultural encounters, she became an intercultural trainer and coach. In this programme she facilitates the course Introduction into Intercultural and Transcultural Collaboration adopting a highly practical approach.

Irene holds a master’s degree in Roman languages from the University of Vienna and worked in journalism before entering the humanitarian sector.

Irene Jancsy
Bouchra Khalili
Head Artistic Strategies

Bouchra Khalili is a Moroccan-French artist and professor for Artistic Strategies. Encompassing film, video, installation, photography, printmaking, and publishing, her practice explores imperial and colonial continuums as epitomized by contemporary forced illegal migrations, and the politics of memory of anticolonial struggles and international sol­idarity.

Deeply informed by the legacy of post-independence avant-gardes and the vernacular traditions of her native Morocco, Bouchra’s approach develops strategies of storytelling at the intersection of history and micro-narratives. Combining documentary and conceptual practices, she investigates questions of self-representation, autonomous agency, and forms of resistance of communities rendernd invisible by the nation-state model. 

Bouchra Khalili
Elisabeth Kopf
University Lecturer

Elisabeth Kopf is an environmental and human rights activist, designer, artist, curator, educator and teaches the course Experimental Project Work as well as part of Cross-disciplinary Project Work. Her autodidactic studies and projects led to the opening of the studio "Design Buero Baustelle" in 1999, where international clients as well as self-initiated projects keep her and her higly transdiciplinary network busy.

Elisabeth's work stands for cross-border thinking, for conceptual and progressive design, and she is relentlessly engaged with future-oriented initiatives. She is the founder of "Babylon Design School", and she has co-initiated the research and education project "Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab". She is a member of "AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale" and of "Design Austria".

Elisabeth Kopf
Chris Newman
University Lecturer

Chris Newman looks back on over two decades of professional experience in Management Consulting, Executive Training and Higher Education. He worked for leading consultancies such as Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini, high-tech companies like Ericsson, and has a long track record of teaching at various universities and FHs in Austria. Today he works as an executive trainer, coach, and consultant based in Austria focusing on Leadership, Change Management and Organizational Development issues. Due to his degree in Economics he continues to teach some Economics courses but given his professional experience, he also covers a wide array of Management courses. 

Being Austrian-American and having lived, worked and studied in Europe, the US and Asia, he brings a multi-cultural perspective into his class- and seminar rooms. Chris teaches the course Communication & Presentation Skills for Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Teamwork.

Chris Newman
Antoine Turillon
Senior Artist

Antoine Turillon is a french artist based in Vienna whose practices focus on site-specific community-based art projects. Together with Adrien Tirtiaux and Hannes Zebedin, he founded the research residency HOTEL CHARLEROI which realized together with more than 100 international artists, annual projects in public space. His last project was commissioned by the Institut für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Steiermark and realised together with the department for space and design strategies of the Art University Linz.

He recently joined the department for Artistic Strategies as a Senior Artist where his teaching focuses on questions related to the public space, community building, as well as strategies of visibility to question how art can challenge inherent hierarchies and envision ways to build inclusive forms of communities.

Antoine Turillon

Students

Dalila Cataldi

Dalila has a multidisciplinary background in International Studies and Relations, focused on the region of East Asia. She found her niche in the synergy of art and environment inspired by alternative conceptions of architecture and beauty coming from the East. Dalila believes that insights from both ancient traditions and technological innovations are fundamental for synergy towards an art-led and sustainability-based reformation of both systems. Thus, her main objective is to curate exhibitions all over the world with the aim of connecting cultures and raising awareness over issues of social and environmental sustainability.

Dalila Cataldi
Eva Gradl

After Eva completed her high school degree with a focus on art subjects, she decided to do a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering to gain a broad insight into technologies. Throughout this degree with the specialization "Development and Construction” she learned much on how to solve problems systematically from a rational point of view which she now would like to broaden by studying the role that artistic methods play in addressing global challenges. In particular, how they can be applied and how to combine different components of design and technology.

Eva Gradl
Helena Manhartsberger

Helena works as a freelance photographer and multimedia journalist. Before her photojournalism and documentary photography studies in Hanover and Aarhus, she graduated in Development Studies at the University of Vienna and studied photography in Yogyakarta. She critically examines stereotypical and racist forms of representation in visual media and focuses on collaborative methods in photography. Helena is part of ipsum, where she works in the areas of method development, project management and workshop facilitation. The main focus of the project work is on self-expression, change of perspective and dialogue, through and via photography and other media.

Helena Manhartsberger
Micol Merlin

Micol has a liberal arts educational background with a focus on global challenges and environmental sustainability, and defines herself as a generalist. Her goal is to provoke the system starting with the knowledge and understanding of processes, interdependencies and challenges that are relevant today and work towards a future-oriented vision of a sustainable society.

Micol Merlin
Timothy Nouzak

Timothy is an Austrian-American choreographer, performer and maker. His artistic work is framed within several communal movement practices that explore how notions of collectivity can be rediscovered through means of collective listening and sensing, as well as on the implementation of embodied and discursive practices, happening at trans-disciplinary crossroads. Besides studies in Journalism and Geography, Timothy holds an M.A. in Choreography from P.A.R.T.S. - Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/ ROSAS. He is enrolled at IPSD with the focus on questions connecting to the public sphere, inter-/trans-national collaboration as well as how ideas behind social choreographies can critically stipulate more sustainable afterlives.

Timothy Nouzak
Freda Yu Bing Jie

A curious soul from Singapore. Freda has a mixed cultural identity being both Chinese and Singaporean. After completing her study in architecture, she is now seeking novel means to gain more global perspectives in the west side of the world. Freda believes in the merits of a universally tolerating and understanding world. Thus, she wishes to investigate the possibilities of collaborative projects across continents. With her interesting background, she hopes to value add and acquire fresh perspectives during her studies at the Angewandte. 

Freda Yu Bing Jie
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