“Katrin Hornek’s work playfully engages with the strange paradoxes and convergences of living in the age of the Anthropocene, that is, the new geologic epoch where the effects of capitalism, colonialism, and extractivism are written into the body of the earth. Both her artistic and her curatorial practice assert an understanding of the entwinement of nature and culture, implicitly arguing for more complex formulations. To be made up of the Earth is not necessarily easy, as the body stones of LÍTHOS demonstrate. Or to try to encourage the remains of long dead organisms in a séance, now morphed into oil and plastic, to speak to us in our present. What can we learn from those dead voices? And what might they tell us?” — Heather Davis
Katrin Hornek will illustrate certain aspects of her own artistic practice in this lecture by transferring stories and traces from the material world to different physical, political or fictitious states. Her dialogue partner will be Sabina Holzer.
is a visual artist. She completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Royal Danish Academy. She has taken part in residency programmes (i.e. MAK-Schindler scholarship; Banff Centre; Red Gate Gallery, Peking) and her research-based artistic works mostly consist of installations.
In addition to teaching at the department of site-specific art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, she currently works on an essay film, focusing on the analysis of the local Anthropocene, as part of the interdisciplinary research project The Anthropocene Surge (WWTF). In 2018, her artistic works were shown at I:project space (Peking), Palmer Museum of Art (USA) and Tischoferhöhle (KÖR Tirol), among others. Hornek was awarded a scholarship for visual arts by the Austrian Ministry of Culture in 2017.