The Mountain Talks
The Mountain Talks form an essential part of The School of Mountains and Water as a discursive format featuring experts with scientific, artistic, vernacular, and indigenous knowledge related to mountains and water. The talks are conceived as a multi-faceted conversation, engaging with the future of Vienna’s water supply in the context of climate change and exploring the role of mountains as living bodies/entities, active in the re-production of water as life.
The format is proposed as a way to rehearse an ecology of forms of knowing, in which different knowledge systems (western science, art, vernacular knowledge, practical experience, and First Nations ancestral knowledge) can enter into dialogue with one another without the habitual hierarchies between them.
The School of Mountains and Water is part of the fifth volume of research on Endangered Human Movements entitled Climatic Dances.
is a research-based artist. Her work focuses on developing communication and mediation practices, particularly in postcolonial criticism and critical race theory. As a Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she teaches how to develop formats to negotiate questions regarding cultural heritage within a postcolonial context using decolonizing methodologies. Since 2018 she has been part of the board of the IG Bildende Kunst and, from 2020, member and co-founder of the Decolonizing in Vienna! Collective.
works as a choreographer and dancer with her base in Brussels and Umeå/Ubmeje. She obtained her MA in International Performing Arts from Stockholm University of the Arts in 2021. She has worked as a dancer in Belgium, Austria, Japan, Germany, Greece, Denmark, and Iceland. With Sami roots from Jämtland and an Iraqi Kurdish background, her artistic work addresses the body’s fight against oppression and the despotism that most affects indigenous peoples. Through her research, practice, and international collaborations on her long-term project, Humans & Soil, Shirin has immersed herself in our relationship to the soil we walk on and our rights over our bodies.
(b. 1987, Horn, AT) is a Vienna-based artist focusing on film, collaborative and participatory sculpture, and performance. In his artistic research practice, he examines information transfer between materials and bodies to get a glimpse of the traces our lives leave in the stones. He co-heads the artistic research project Reverse Imagining Vienna at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He is also a co-founder of the art initiative Die Feldversuche (Field Experiments) providing artists with the opportunity to work on food production and urbanization at a community farm in Vienna.
completed her degree in geography at the University of Vienna in 2008, specialising in landscape ecology, hydroclimatology, and global environmental change. In her diploma thesis, she dealt with the effects of climate change on the catchment area of Vienna’s spring water main. The work was awarded two research prizes. Since 2009 she has worked as a groundwater expert at the Environment Agency Austria and is also the Officer of Diversity and Equity. Currently, on part-time educational leave, she is writing her doctoral thesis on the development of groundwater quality in Austria at the Institute of Rural Water Management at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences.
is a Berlin-based Brazilian journalist working on social-environmental conflicts, fostering Latin American feminist lenses. She has published in media outlets, such as The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Mongabay, among many others. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Gender Division at the Political Science department at the Free University of Berlin. To connect journalism, academic research, and audiovisual languages, she launched the project Beyond the Green, which focuses on mega projects that affect our lives, bodies, and territories. It aims to strengthen narratives that connect the right to communication and land rights.
is a Mara’akame (wisdom keeper) of the community of Tatey Kie, La laguna, jurisdiction San Andres Cohamiata in Mezquitic, Jalisco, México. He learned to be a Mara’akame through the teachings of ancestral chanting and the music of the sacred violin. He is an active leader and defender of the ancestral sacred territory of Wirikuta and the autonomy of the Wixárika people. As an ambassador of Wixárika culture and ancestral-contemporary knowledge, he has participated in numerous projects that give visibility to the Wixárika struggle, e. g., the documentary Huicholes, The Last Peyote Guardians. Mr. Ramirez works to preserve his community’s physical and mental health and is involved in healing as a form of activism in Mexico, the USA, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.
is a Vienna-based curator and dramaturg. She works with a focus on socially engaged art, experimental performance, and interventions in rural and urban public spheres, in formats ranging from festivals and exhibitions to more site-specific and collaborative approaches. She has worked as a curator for steirischer herbst (Graz), brut/imagetanz (Vienna), GfZK (Leipzig) and Trafó (Budapest) a. o. In 2020 she received the Igor Zabel Award Grant for her locally embedded and inclusive curatorial practice. As a dramaturg, she collaborates with artists such as Igor and Ivan Buharov, Philipp Gehmacher, Sonja Jokiniemi, Gin Müller, Amanda Piña, Oleg Soulimenko and Sööt/Zeyringer.
is a Chilean-Mexican artist living in Vienna. Her work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement for temporarily dismantling ontological separations between contemporary and traditional, human and animal, nature and culture. Her work has been presented in institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City) and NAVE (Santiago de Chile). Currently, she is working on realizing her long-term project, Endangered Human Movements, concerned with the reappearance of ancestral forms of movement and social practice. She is a research fellow at DAS THIRD at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
With contributions by: Carla Bobadilla (visual artist, researcher in urban contexts), Marit Shirin Carolasdotter (Sami & Kurdish choreographer, dancer, and activist), Nikolaus Eckhard (sculptor, filmmaker, performer), Christina Formanek (geographer with a focus on groundwater management and climate change), Camila Nobrega (journalist, researching on social-environmental conflicts in Latin America), Juan José Ramirez Katira (indigenous elder from the Wixarika nation, Mexico) Hosted by Katalin Erdödi (curator, dramaturge) and Amanda Piña (artist, researcher)