Prospecting Paths to Surmount Formative Antinomies of the Present

Photo: Andrei Siclodi

An exhibition of the Büchsenhausen Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2022–23 | curated by Andrei Siclodi | with:

Luis Guerra

Bettina Knaup with contributions by Isabel Peterhans and Benjamin Zanon

Alice Sarmiento
with Adam David and Josel Nicolas, with contributions by Mac Andre Arboleda and Khalil Verzosa

Endi Tupja


11 May 2023, 19.00
Kunstpavillon, Rennweg 8a, 6020 Innsbruck

12 May – 5 August 2023



The participants of the Fellowship Program 2022-23 present works and projects developed in Büchsenhausen that, with the involvement of other artists and experts, point to possible ways of understanding and surmounting formative antinomies of the present. The contributions address gestural performativity for interpreting the world, monumentality and memetic communication in dictatorial regime contexts and beyond, waste as a common good but also capitalist ‘cultural heritage’, and specific historical and geographical spaces through connecting political oppression and trauma with menstrual care.


Büchsenhausen Fellows 2022-23:

Luis Guerra (*1974, Santiago de Chile) is a Visual Artist and Philosopher. Currently he is a University Researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, and Fellow Researcher at the research group Post-foundational Contemporary Thought: Critical and theoretical analysis of the contemporary ontologies of negativity and the question of the violence of the foundation (2022–2025, University of Barcelona). Former Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts at BAU University Center of Arts and Design Barcelona (2020-2022), GREDITS Design and Social Transformation Research Group Coordinator, and co-editor of the scientific review Immaterial, Design, Art and Society.
Luis Guerra did postdoctoral studies at the Center for Artistic Research (CfAR), University of the Arts Helsinki, 2019-2020. He was also Fellow Resident Artist at the Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki (2021) and Fellow grantee at the Kone Foundation, Helsinki (2020) with the artistic research project Wandering Echoes, rounds and litanies as performative maps under confinement. In 2022, he published his second book: Wandering Echoes, a handbook of operative losses, Errant Bodies Press, Berlin. In 2017 he published La Inexistencia del Arte, Brumaria Editores Madrid, after a research residency at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, thanks to the support of Santander Foundation (2015-2016).
His praxis inhabits a zone of visual encounters between drawings and acts, writings and objects. His work revolves around the imaginary line that Western culture has created between art and philosophy. Among the concepts framing his artistic research are three main notions: the un-domiciled, the echoicity and the inexistent.

Bettina Knaup, freelance curator and writer (Berlin), has (co-)curated numerous international festivals, exhibitions and projects, including the International Festival of Contemporary Arts City of Women (Ljubljana, 2001–2004), performing proximities (Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2008), performance platform. body affects (Sophiensaele, Berlin, 2012) and the archive and performance project re.act.feminism, which toured Europe from 2008 to 2013 (i.a. Akademie der Künste Berlin, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk, Tallinn Art Hall) and has been re-launched in 2022 in the frame of Manifesta 14 in Pristina. She regularly publishes, teaches and collaborates with other artists* and curators*.

Alice Sarmiento (*1985; Manila, PH) is a writer, independent curator, and animal welfare worker. She has written extensively on topics such as the representation of the Filipina labor diaspora in contemporary art, the cultural ramifications of Duterte’s war on drugs, and how these phenomena relate to a feminist future. Alice was an awardee in the 2015 edition of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s curatorial development program and a 2019 fellow in Cultural Journalism at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. In 2021, she was among the residents of the Young Curators Residency Program of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino Italy.

Endi Tupja (*1984) is an artist, filmmaker/storyteller, and cultural practitioner based between Berlin and Tirana. Her research centers on experimenting with strategies of memory recuperation and the potential of re-enactment with time witnesses. She explores the limits of (self-) representation as well as its tangential relation to video art. There is a friction between the essential and a sense of exaggeration omnipresent in her search for clarity. She continuously tries to challenge a certain idea of established institutional formality in artistic research and academic language. Her work has been shown in festivals and exhibitions in Germany, Kosovo, Mexico, the UK, the Netherlands, Georgia, Ukraine, Italy, San Marino, Greece, etc. She is currently a fellow at Centrale Fies, LIVE WORKS Vol. 10 – Free School of Performance, broadening her research in performative writing and staging techniques of Albanian female voices and memories in the Italian context between 1992-2011.

Mac Andre Arboleda explores the sickness of the Internet through research and dialogue, art and text, as well as organizing and publishing. He is the Founding President of the UP Internet Freedom Network, a nonprofit organization based at the University of the Philippines, committed to digital rights advocacy through educational discussions, information campaigns, and special projects. He is also a co-founder and project lead of the Artists for Digital Rights Network, a cross-regional alliance based out of the Philippines and Indonesia, dedicated to supporting artists and advocates working on digital rights issues in Asia-Pacific.
Arboleda has held fellowships with the Salzburg Global Seminar, the World Urban Parks Emerging Urban Leaders program, the Australia Council for the Arts International Future Leaders program, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Asia Foundation.

Adam David is a writer, book designer, and co-founder of Better Living Through Xeroxography, or BLTX, a comics and zine exposition in the Philippines that, for over a decade, has been integral to nurturing the ecosystem of the small press and self-publishing, connecting its numerous communities. He also co-founded Paper Trail Projects, a poetry and prose imprint based in Quezon City, Philippines. Through these endeavors, he has taken steps towards a broader mission of “literary patricide” or “the divorce of artistic practice from the padrino (loose tr. “patronage”) system”.

Josel Nicolas is an illustrator, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for his autobiographical graphic novel, Windmills – a coming-of-age serial about growing up between a Catholic university in Manila and a conservative town just a few hours away from the metropolis. His sequential illustrations have appeared in magazines like VICE and for films like Erik Matti’s Buy Bust (2018), and he also did the long-running strip Doc Brick: Scientist + Problem Solver, in the children’s magazine, K-Zone.

Khalil Verzosa is an artist, filmmaker, and member of Barrio 99 – a
video production company that bridges art and social commentary
through progressive and unique storytelling. Born and based in
Manila, Philippines, he is known for Beastmode: A Social Experiment,
a feature-length film released in 2018 that loosely elaborates on a viral video showing Verzosa getting beaten up by a Filipino actor who, at that point, was notorious for getting into public brawls. Articles and reviews about both the original video that went viral and the feature-length released two years later, confirmed that Beastmode was indeed an experiment in representing masculinity, the tendency of such images to go viral, and the public discourse – and lynchings – that take place in their wake.

Isabel Peterhans (*1986) is a freelance illustrator and comic artist who lives and works in Innsbruck. She studied illustration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Her work has received several awards, including her 2014 book Yallabyebye with awards from the Zeugindesign Foundation and the Wilhelm Wirz Foundation Basel. Isabel Peterhans’ publications are featured in international journals as well as books. She has published drawn reportages in Freitag (D), WOZ (CH), and Strapazin (CH), among others. One of her most recent works, Rest in Colors (2021), is a series in which Peterhans deals with waste production in her own studio by coloring used packaging with leftover paint, thus removing them from the process of disappearance. For the project re:framing jenisch (2022), founded by the Initiative Minderheiten Tirol, Peterhans collaborated with author Simone Schönett to draw an online graphic novel on the taboo subject of violence against people of Yenish origin.

Benjamin Zanon studied architecture at the Technical University of
Vienna (2001-2004) and then philosophy at the University of Vienna
until 2006. In 2008, he moved to Düsseldorf and began studying liberal arts and sculpture at the local art academy. In 2009 he studied in Professor Richard Deacon’s class, who appointed him a master’s student in 2014. He graduated in February 2015. Since 2015 he has lived and worked as a visual artist in Innsbruck/Tyrol. Zanon participated in exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Recently, his work was awarded the Hilde-Zach Scholarship of the City of Innsbruck (2022).


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