Katja Eydel


Büchsenhausen Castle in Innsbruck traces its name to a gun foundry once housed in its premesis, a facility whose technical progressiveness and specialist knowledge was of crucial strategic importance in the 16th century. The castle contained a brewery in the 17th century and later, in the 19th century, housed one of Innsbruck’s first public swimming pools. Today the structure is, among other things, home to the Künstlerhaus. Katja Eydel worked on a collage based on her research on Büchsenhausen, uncovering and quoting the aesthetic layers that have accumulated there through the years. The project dealt with the following questions: how do history and human intent inscribe themselves in the form and inventory of such a building? How does representation work and what can be made visible and readable?

As part of her residency, Katja Eydel held a lecture at the Department of Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck.

Katja Eydel (*1969) lives in Berlin, has a mostly photography and project-oriented practice and generally works in various artists groups. Solo exhibitions and contributions to group shows since 1995 include presentations at Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Kunstverein Göttingen, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre Copenhagen, at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Migros Museum in Zurich and Plattform Berlin. In 2006, she published two books: Model ve Sembol: The Invention of Turkey with Sternberg Press, Berlin and Teilt mit, Goldrausch IT Berlin. Katja Eydel was professor for Visual Communication at the Merz Academy Stuttgart between 2008 and 2012.