Research Team

Anette Baldauf is a sociologist and cultural critic, who has continuously collaborated with artists, filmmakers and architects on the interrelation between urban transformations, social movements and artistic practices. Her genealogy of the shopping mall traces the concept of the revanchist city in the context of economic, social, spatial and political transformation. She has taught at the New School University and New York University in New York, a.pass in Brussels and various universities in Austria. She is currently Professor at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies; with Renate Lorenz she coordinates the PhD in Practice program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 

Stefan Gruber is an architect working at the intersection of architectural design and urbanism, exploring the negotiation of bottom-up transformations and top-down planning. He is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he directs the Platform for Geography, Landscape, Cities. The work of his office STUDIOGRUBER ranges from temporary installations to urban development strategies. From 2002-2006 he collaborated with Diller+Scofidio in New York on the transformation of Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center’s public spaces.

Moira Hille works as an artist, performer and researcher and is based in Vienna. Currently she is working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna at the Insitute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies and is associated to the PhD-in-Practice program. From 2010-2012 she was Junior Researcher in the artistic research project „Model House – Mapping Transcultural Modernisms“ based at the Academy of Fine Arts and funded by the WWTF.

In her conceptual-based practice Annette Krauss addresses the intersection of art, politics and everyday life. Krauss has (co-)initiated various long-term collaborative practices (Hidden Curriculum / Read-in / ASK! / Read the Masks. Tradition is Not Given / School of Temporalities.) These projects reflect and build upon the potential of collaborative practices while aiming at disrupting taken for granted “truths” in theory and practice.

Vladimir Miller is an artist, researcher and scenographer based in Vienna. In his work he is looking at the normative relationships between collectives and the architectural spaces they are producing and using. He is associated program curator at a.pass, Brussels and lecturer at the University of Hamburg. He is currently a PhD in Practice Candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Born in Huwei, Taiwan, Hong-Kai Wang is an artist who works with listening as a conceptual tool to explore social relations and the (re)construction of cultural memory in marginal spaces, focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to production. 

Julia Wieger works as an architect and researcher in Vienna. Her projects deal with the built environment and the politics of design and architecture. At the moment she is part of two collective research projects – the “radical practices of collective care” project ( and the “Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps“ (, a working group at the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ).

Mara Verlič is an urban sociologist focusing on questions of social inequality, neoliberal urban politics and urban social movements. Currently she works at the Academy of Fine Arts in a research project on ‘Spaces of Urban Commons’ and writes her PhD on questions of housing commons in Vienna. Additionally she is a lecturer at the Department of Spatial Planning at the University of Technology in Vienna.