OPEN ATELIER – Autumn of Beautiful Gestures

Art. Public Space. Presence. 

Tue 4.10.2022 // 16.00 – 18.00
& Wed 5.10.2022 // 16.00 – 20.00

Foto: Spur 1919/heu&xido

Tue 4.10.2022 // 16.00 – 18.00
& Wed 5.10.2022 // 16.00 – 20.00
(See detailed planning)

Bräuhausgasse 40, 1050 Vienna & public space 1050 Vienna / pay as you wish / food and drinks

Limited places, please>>register.

Artistic direction: Claudia Heu (AT) & Philipp J. Ehmann (AT)
Artists Autumn 2022:
Jakob Egger (AT), Ella Felber (AT), Bri Schöllbauer (AT), Joanna Zabielska (PL/AT)
Guests/Experts Autumn 2022: Doris Harder (Zen priestess, director), Cristina Yurena Zerr (filmmaker)

supported by: Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien – MA7, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport / Fischluft-Kunst im Freien, Bezirksvertretung Margareten

OPEN ATELIER – Autumn of Beautiful Gestures
Art. Public Space. Presence.

After the first part in spring and the reflection phase in summer, the working processes of the  Temporary School for the Development of Beautiful Gestures  become visible in another open atelier.

In the> > temporären Schule zur Entwicklung schöner Gesten  – conceived by choreographer Claudia Heu and directed in collaboration with theater maker Philipp J. Ehmann – research has been conducted since the beginning of April 2022 at the interface of art, public space and presence. The participating artists – Jakob Egger, Ella Felber, Bri Schöllbauer and Joanna Zabielska researched new contexts and ways of working of artistic interactions in public space and share their working processes on 4 &.5.10.22. At the center was the idea of deepening and questioning their own artistic practice.  

An open archive on the work of the Temporary School for the Development of Beautiful Gestures  will be set up at studo@Im_flieger and Claudia Heu and Philipp Ehmann will share their thoughts on it on 5.10.22.

Furthermore, on 6.10.22 / 12-15:00 there will be a public workshop with Doris Harder (AT) on the topic >>Presence – the art of the center.

On 7.10. there will be an internal workshop with Cristina Yurena Zerr (DE/AT). >> Impact. What impact does my work have?

We cordially invite you to participate, to watch, to question and to become temporary witnesses of this practice. 

The program is part of the four-year hybrid format >>SCHULE@Im_flieger, which combines transgenerational knowledge transfer, artistic research, production and discourse at the intersection of art, social and consciousness.


Starting point and lingering space is studio@Im_flieger, where on both days you can find an open archive about the work of the “Temporary School for the Development of Beautiful Gestures”.

Limited places, please>>register

Tue 4.10.22 // 4.00 pm & 5.00 pm

Radical Pause. An exercise // Bri Schöllbauer
I invite you to radically pause.
I order break and land, glue and putty. The threads of a story interwoven, severed and re-threaded. Materials interweave, making boundaries indefinable.
The unobserved, the incomprehensible, the repressed, that is what I turn to.
My question: How do I create trust in public space, how do I make the interwoven accessible?
A beautiful gesture touches me, its effect has no beginning, no end. I turn to it; I care.


In Absence // Jakob Egger
The changing city pushes places and people to its margins. Space must constantly be reoccupied. But they do exist. Places that are not subject to economic use. Places that are not defined. They form small portals for the soul. Past ways of working, of living, forgotten people come into the now. Stories that were left behind suddenly find a place in today. They connect with the now and with us.
We meet people and places on the outskirts of the city. We find places to hide, to die, to kiss. We enter a place which can keep a secret.

Wed 5.10.22 // 4.00 pm & 5.00 pm

Radical Pause. An exercise // Bri Schöllbauer

4.30 pm, 5.00 pm & 5.30 pm

Ve aRe in the Protected Area // Joanna Zabielska
Ve aRe  in the Protected Area is a performative project that invites two people to travel between imagination, perception, and memory in the digital and real worlds. to experience the parallels of virtual and real worlds. The experience of the virtual world is transferred to the real world through storytelling, while elements of the real world enrich the interaction with digital content.
The “protected area” in Spengergasse is enriched with speculative ideas and utopian visions. The project contextualizes VR as a tool for daydreaming and formulating a possible future.

6.00 pm postponed to Tue 11.10.22 // 11.00 am

Landscape of mourning – a coming together // Ella Felber
Listening, experiencing, coming together, remembering our ancestors. Telling a personal story: A landscape of mourning: a place of intimacy and familiarity where we can mourn. Witnessing, enduring. Wiping away, forgetting. Finding a new mode, with grandmother’s bed cover. Repeating, pulsing, alone and together, in the presence of absence. Receiving, remembering, relating. We speak when we are given space to do so, and are willing to take it. Telling, repeating, recovering.

7.00 pm

“Thoughts on School” // Claudia Heu and Philipp Ehmann
& Eat together

Bri Schöllbauer (AT) (*1964), bodywork and design, lives and works in Salzburg. She received her training for dance and dance theater in Salzburg, Vienna, London and N.Y., for decoration and exhibition design at the London College of distribute Trade and Merchandising. Since 1997 she has been working as a freelance artist and designer. She is a TUINA practitioner and trained in the TALMI Method®. In 2011 she founded Upcycling-Werkstatt und Denkraum in Salzburg. This is where sustainability and material, bodywork and think processes find their place. The work of the last years consisted of a deep reflection on the connection of her training in dance and bodywork with the design of things/objects and materials in different spaces. She developed an interdisciplinary working style between bodywork and craft. “For me, different materials are the most important resources for design processes in space – as soon as they are perceived, the space changes. Also in bodywork I try to perceive the body in relation to the surrounding space. In this work, I am concerned with creating a good connection between the body and the space as an expression of health.”

Claudia Heu (AT) ist eine in Wien lebende Künstlerin, Performerin und Dozentin. Sie ist in Europa, der Mongolei und den USA tätig. Ihre Arbeit umfasst ortsspezifische Performances, Installationen und Interventionen. Die Zusammenarbeit mit Filmemacher*innen, Aktivist*innen, Friseur*innen, Schauspieler*innen, Busfahrer*innen, bildenden Künstler*innen, Nachtwächter*innen etc. gestaltet sich je nach Projekt und Ort neu. Seit 2013 arbeitet sie mit mongolischen und österreichischen Künstlerinnen und Wissenschafterinnen an dem Forschungsprojekt Alga Bolokh- Vom Verschwinden in Ulan Bator, Wüste Gobi und Berlin. Alga Bolokh befasst sich mit bedrohten Orten und Räumen, mit dem Unerzählten und dem Nichtsichtbaren.

Cristina Yurena Zerr (DE/AT) grew up between Gran Canaria and Southern Germany. She studied social sciences and art in Vienna. She works as a filmmaker, guest lecturer and publishes texts on anti-militarism and Christian libertarian movements. In her work, she repeatedly deals with the interaction of mysticism and resistance.

Ella Felber (AT) *1994, searches for places in the overlay of architecture, text and dance. She studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, spatial design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and performative arts in various institutes and initiatives in Vienna and Copenhagen.

Jakob Egger (AT) born 1990 in Innsbruck/Austria. Actor. 2010 – 2013 studies for stage design at the University for Applied Arts Vienna. 2012 – 2016 studies with Bachelor degree in acting at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. During his studies, he worked in productions of the Wiener Festwochen, at the Volkstheater Wien and the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich with Blanka Rádóczy. In Summer 2016, he worked in the play LENZ by Georg Büchner at the Festival d’Avignon, a co-produciton with the Salzburger Festspiele. Beginning with Season 2016/2017 until 2019, Jakob Egger was an ensemble member of Theater Ulm in Germany, and in Season 2019/2020 at Salzburg State Theater. At the 2021 Summer Festival “Tiroler Volksschauspiele”, he worked together with director Peter Lorenz on a play by Neil LaBute. Upcoming engagements include a text from Thomas Arzt which will be staged together with Susanne Lietzow at the Tiroler Volksschauspielen in 2022. Jakob Egger works as a freelance actor, speaker and stage designer in Vienna.

Joanna Zabielska (PL/AT) is working on the intersection of art, design, architecture and urban planning, approaching the social and spatial issues of the transformation of the city. Using different media – from VR installation, inflatable sculptures to cooking performances, she develops participatory, site- specific projects together with the local community. Graduated from Urban Planning at the Technical University of Vienna and Social Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, currently enrolled into Digital Arts Program, she tries to merge design and art practices. „I think that all art is socially conscious. There is no alternative. Whatever we produce contains a political and social statement.” She strongly agrees with Alfredo Jaar and further believes that a participatory and socially engaged art may contribute to actual social and political change. By not accepting the limitations that society has accepted, it can visualize alternatives and provoke to see the same in new ways. According to the statement of Krzysztof Wodiczko: „just criticism is not enough, art should also propose something”. Being based both in Vienna and Warsaw, she has also realized projects in international and multicultural environments (throughout the last years in Caucasus- Georgia and Armenia, Middle East- Lebanon, recently also in New York).

MyoE Doris Harder (AT) lives in Vienna and is an ordained Zen priestess in the lineages of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She has spent 10 years in Buddhist monasteries and centers in USA, Austria and Switzerland. Now she enjoys teaching Zen, mindfulness, leadership, ethics, creativity, and “what holds the world together at its core” in secular contexts just as much. Her second profession is theater director, which benefits playful and humorous teaching.

Philipp J. Ehmann (AT) ist Theatermacher und transdisziplinärer Multimediakünstler. Seit seinem Theaterstudium an der University of Exeter arbeitet er mit spielerischen Formen des Theaters und versucht politische Themen auf verschiedenen Erfahrungsebenen greifbar zu machen und so Spielräume zum sicheren Ausprobieren und Diskutieren zu schaffen. Ehmann ist Mitbegründer Play:Viennas, Österreichs erster Initiative für spielerische Kunst im öffentlichen Raum. Seine Arbeiten reichen von intimen Telefonperformances im öffentlichen Raum für eine Person (Der Personal Adventure Automat, Streetlife Festival 2014) zu immersivem Game Theater auf Bühnen (Press Staat for Revolution, Schauspielhaus Graz 2016), Social Media Soaps mit geflüchteten Jugendlichen (Stahlstadt, Ars Electronica Festival 2019) bis hin zu Community Rechercheprojekten in Wohnsiedlungen in Großstädten (Die Siedler von Süd-Wien, Play:Vienna & WERK X 2020). Manchmal kuratiert er auch oder forscht in Residencies wie jener am am Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics in Washington DC.