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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? by Steffi Alte, Saskia Te Nicklin & Patrícia J. Reis


by Steffi Alte, Saskia Te Nicklin & Patrícia J. Reis 


Opening: 29.9.2023, 19h

Midd opening: 14.10.2023, 19h

Finissage: 3.11.2023, 19h


Exhibition duration: 30.9 – 3.11.2023

Opening hours: Every Saturday from 14h to 18th


About the exhibition:

“A culture of domination is anti-love. It requires violence to sustain itself. To choose love is to go against the prevailing values of the culture. Many people feel unable to love either themselves or others because they do not know what love is.” Bell Hooks (1994)

In the light of the current situation deeply shaped by conflicts and disasters caused by anthropocentric politics, actions and practices, we ask ourselves the question: “What’s love got to do with it?” 

In her writings Bell Hooks identifies Love as a blind spot within the human struggle for liberation, from oppression and exploitation. The white male supremacist domination of the planet attributed to love becoming a symptom of weakness, that love has no value. We might have forgotten what love really is or perhaps we’ve never really understood its meaning since it became capitalized and traded as a commodity-chain, sold as desire that can and should be consumed at a fast pace. Love in its true meaning is something that people might feel ashamed to relate with, as an old-fashioned concept, in the same way Tina Turner declined love in her musical success hit in 1984.

Loving is a verb that demands for action and for choice and can become an important tool to decolonize and to demystify systems of oppression. We need to critically question our position within the planet of beings and things. To love is to care for the others. Love is rooted in community, in exchange and democratic choices. In order to recover love we need social changes rooted in new love ethics. The exhibition “What’s love got to do with it?” aims to be an essay and a tribute to new love politics acknowledging caring as a crucial facet of Love for creating, repairing, and empowering our relations with the world. 



Photo © Janine Schranz

With the kind support of:





Working within TRANSpecies symbiotic intra-actions, Paula Pin will present and facilitate a one-day OpenLab* and collaborative research platform at Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory. After a round table, we will explore the merger of the labs and the last version of CyanoVan – her mobile laboratory. Through CyanoVan, Pin honours her love towards spirulina, a genus of cyanobacteria. The open session will address and explore the emergence of new cosmological species during the presentation of intra-chemical molecular atomic intra-actions. 

Working within the framework of open-source gyne- & ecological soft hard and wet technologies, we invite participants to playfully engage with microscopy, and synthesisers to examine the signification of the microorganism on the microscope. Exploring and researching together, we will functionally speculate about future possibilities of myco-growing, phytoremediation, wastewater treatment, fertiliser creation and the relationship of our bodies and their technological prosthetics to the ecosystems they are embedded in. 


*OpenLab is a part of and a collaboration with many labs Paula Pin has been engaged with, including Hackteria network, transhackfeminist  Biotranslab and Pechblenda autonomous labs.

A new associative constellation is emerging in Galicia to expand the interactions with the world.

About the artist

As a researcher, artist, and activist, Paula Pin has a strong inclination for experimental processes with collective and free technologies. Her work spans from drawing to abstract video, from circuit bending to performance and lab experiments, always located at the intersection where biology, science, and queer art collide.   She has participated in the independent trans-hack-feminist laboratories Pechblenda and Transnoise and has collaborated in the extensive bio-hacking network, Hackteria, since 2012. Her practical experience in bio-hacking (body/environment) and health in the Pechblenda laboratory gave way to Biotranslab, an autonomous lab on wheels for experiments and investigations on Open Science Friction and queer natures on the road. The lab is set inside a bus, the CyanoVan. The lab is now on wheels running participatory workshops and promoting biohacking as critical sites for knowledge production and collaborative queerings of the status quo.  She has been a resident artist at institutions such Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris; School of Arts (KASK), Ghent; Hangar, Barcelona; and Gaité Lyrique Paris, and has participated in Query Ecologies at Click Festival, Denmark and OSH Open Source Gathering, Shenzhen, China between others.

Whispering Things:

photos © Janine Schranz 

Vom Flüstern und Rauschen

Opening: 15th of October 2021, 18:00

16.10.2021 – 29.10.2021

Jägerstraße 52-54, 1200 Vienna, Austria

To visit the exhibition, write an email to whisperingsthings@gmx.at


In der Ausstellung „Whispering Things – Vom Flüstern und Rauschen“ spürt Ulla Rauter dem Flüstern als Akt der Verdichtung nach.
Mehrere Installationen laden dazu ein, durch die eigene Stimme aktiviert zu werden, transformieren diese in ein Flüstern und übersetzen sie in die Bewegungen von Magnetnadeln.
Das eigene Flüstern, oft als Ausdruck der Zurückhaltung, Unsicherheit und Ohnmacht gedeutet, wird hier zum Initialakt dieser Arbeiten, die die Aussagen der Besucher*innen bündeln, transformieren und eine besondere Stärke des Flüsterns zum Vorschein bringen:
Das Vermitteln von (Ein-)dringlichkeit und das Steigern der Aufmerksamkeit auf das Gesagte.
In den anderen beiden Arbeiten widmet sich die Künstlerin dem Flüstern der Dinge:
Drei Klangtransformatoren „recyclen“ Geräusche der Großstadt in Echtzeit zu neuen Klängen und machen so die jeweilige Umgebung zur akustischen Utopie.
Ein rauschender Fluss wird von einem Sprachmustererkennungs-Programm belauscht und offenbart Bruchstücke menschlicher Sprache, die dem Wasser einen assoziativ-poetischen Text entlocken.

In her exhibition Whispering Things, Ulla Rauter traces the whisper as an act of intensification. Several installations invite you to activate them with your voice, transforming it into a whisper and translating it into the movement of magnetic needles.
Your own whispering, often interpreted as an expression of restraint, uncertainty and powerlessness, becomes the initial act of these works, which bundle and transform the statements of the visitors and bring out a special strength of whispering: Conveying urgency and increasing attention to what is being said.
In the other two works, the artist focuses on whispering things: Three sound objects “recycle” the noises of the city in real time, turning the environment into an acoustic utopia.
A rushing river is analyzed by a speech-pattern recognition program and reveals fragments of human language that elicit an associative-poetic text from the water.





Ulla Rauter
Ulla Rauter, geboren 1980 in Wiener Neustadt, studierte Transmediale Kunst an der Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien. Sie arbeitet als Medienkünstlerin und Musikerin an der Schnittstelle von Klangkunst und Bildender Kunst – ihre Werke umfassen performative Skulpturen, musikalische Performances und selbstgebaute Instrumente. Im Rahmen des ersten Ö1-Talentestipendiums erhielt sie 2008 einen Förderpreis, 2009 das Arbeitsstipendium des BMWF, 2011 das Startstipendium des BMUKK. 2010 gründete sie mit Christine Schörkhuber die jährliche Hörschau “Klangmanifeste”. Seit 2013 ist sie Lehrbeauftragte an der Abteilung Digitale Kunst der Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien.







Whispering Things

‘the space between our toes’

Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory

Jägerstraße 52-54, 1200 Vienna


Schiefe Workshops: An investigative workshop, in which lived experiences can be exchanged as knowledge within an artistic setting.

Saturday 3rd July 2021, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Sunday 4rd July 2021, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration: rosie_benn@yahoo.com

COVID 19: for visits and workshop-attendants:

please adhere to corona measures: come tested or vaccinated

OPENING 9th of July 7 p.m.

Performance at 8 p.m.


Concept by Rosie Benn

with project and conceptual development from Shobha Untersteiner

Feet can be thought of as a person’s foundation. They can create stability, security and autonomy. However, the shoes that we wear and the situations we walk in may also form the shape of our toes under pressure and constraint. This foot therapy appeals to collective practise, and it doesn’t stop with a pedicure. Embracing process and continuing it into the gallery space, as a dialogical meeting point for exchange1. ‘the space between our toes’ draws on both metaphorical and actual connections between the impracticality and instability amongst job sectors, as well as the shoes that are lived in by women*.2 Looking also for alternative modes of being and doing, we turn to Silvia Federici’s proposals of re-enchantment3. Her descriptions of commoning are a point of inspiration for reflecting on and through art process and our everyday life. A semi-starting, rather than an ending point, it’s a go at making remedies for the isolating aspects of making art and living in current structures.

1.      Arte Útil `is made with the hope and belief that something may be done better, even when the conditions for it to happen may not be there yet’, Tanja Bruguera  <https://www.taniabruguera.com/cms/592-0-Reflexions+on+Arte+til+Useful+Art.htm> [accessed 27 January 2021].


Dialogical aesthetics as coined by Grand Kester identifies, among others, the conversational as a form of art practise, of which can be verbal, contextual and/or situational.  See Conversation Pieces – Community and Communication in Modern Art, (University of California Press, 2004). For further expansion on this form, see discursive ethics, as described by Martin Krenn, chapter On the Democratization of Art pp.261-281, within ‘Urban Citizenship’, edited by Martin Krenn, Katharina Morawek, for the Verein the Shedhalle, (VfmK, Verlag fur Moderne Kunst, 2017). <https://www.academia.edu/42650314/On_the_Democratization_of_Art> [accessed 18 May 2021].


2. Studies show that women are still responsible for around 75% of all unpaid domestic work, ‘World Employment Social Outlook Trends for Women, 2018 Global Snapshot’, (International Labour Organization, ((PRODOC) of the ILO, 2018) <https://www.ilo.org/global/research/global-reports/weso/trends-for-women2018/WCMS_619577/lang–en/index.htm>; [accessed 30 January, 2021]. `In Austria alone, since the Corona crisis, an additional 65.000 people lost their jobs, of which 85% were women.’, ÖGB Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, APA OTS, ‘ÖGB-Schumann: 85 Prozent aller Corona-Arbeitslosen sind Frauen’, Vienna, Corinna Bürgmann MA (14. July 2020) <https://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20200714_OTS0032/oegb-schumann- 85-prozent-aller-corona-arbeitslosen-sind-frauen> [accessed 14 June 2021].


3. `In this context, commons are both objectives and conditions of our everyday life and struggles. In an embryonic form, they represent the social relations we aim to achieve, as well as the means for their construction.’ Silvia Federici, with foreword by Peter Linebaugh, Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, (PM Press, 2018).


»PAS DE FAUX« by Friday Exit


Friday Exit is back in Vienna Art Week. We are delighted to be collaborating with  Friday Exit again. This time they are  presenting new “Pas de Faux” works at our space . Come and see them and tell you were missing them (they asked for it!)
The principle behind the “Pas de Faux” series is that artworks are exchanged and faked: the aesthetic idea of a work by one artist will be seized as a suggestion by another artist, freely being “copied”, interpreted and adopted.
Similar to the principle of “Chinese whispers”, the aesthetic of a work is sent on a journey. Coming back, transformed, to a starting point of a new artwork with a possibly divergent message. Additionally both artists certify the artworks. It is collective experimentation. It is the questioning of the cooperation between aesthetics and meaning, originality and authorship.
The exhibition will end with an self-organised book club on Nov 25th, 2016.
Visit to the exhibition by appointment with Friday Exit!


Das Prinzip der „Pas de Faux“-Serie ist es, dass künstlerische Arbeiten ausgetauscht und gefälscht werden: Der ästhetische Gedanke einer Arbeit wird von einer anderen Künstlerin bzw. einem anderen Künstler aufgegriffen, „frei“ kopiert, damit interpretiert und angeeignet. Ähnlich dem Stille- Post-Prinzip wird die Ästhetik eines Werks auf Reisen geschickt und in seiner transformierten Form zum Ausgangspunkt einer neuen Arbeit mit (womöglich) divergenter Aussage. Zusätzlich zertifizieren beide Kunstschaffenden das jeweilige Werk der „Pas de Faux“-Serie. Ein kollektives Experiment. Eine Befragung des Zusammenspiels von Ästhetik und Aussage, Original und Autor*innenschaft.
Friday Exit ist Teil von xperiment, einer Kooperation der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien und eines offenen Kollektivs.
Die Ausstellung endet am 25. November mit einem selbst-organisierten Book-Club.

Uno, Dois, Drei… NO NO NO (Display) Finissage

In Isabella Kohlhuber’s installation at Artistic Bokeh the black glass window becomes a changeable interface. The artist applies interactive devices to reveal the threshold of function and dysfunction in the languages of humans and machines. Kohlhuber uses adhesive foil fixed on the window, displaying letter-forms as permanent disposable tools. Motion sensors cause viewers involuntarily to activate or deactivate its visibility. The message thereby occasionally withdraws from perceptibility.

NO NO NO (display) opens a conceptual gap between the showroom’s window and its minimal content, while gently swapping between elements of negation (“no”) and activation (“on”). Does the artist intend to play off today’s necessity of an affirmative, pleasing language against an inner silent resistance? And does repetition, as given in the title, make a gesture of refusal stronger? Roughly, one would answer: “it depends on the context” (e.g. “no means no”, the feminist slogan against sexual violence, which points out the difficulty in understanding whether an expression is intended to mean “no”). While trying to decontextualize the artist asks “can there ever be no context?”

Exhibition: 8th October – 10th November

Finissage: 10th November 19:00

The exhibition is part of the program UNO, DOIS, DREI… AN EXHIBITION IN THREE INSTALLMENTS a Mz* Baltazar’s Lab curatorial project in collaboration with Artistic Bokeh in MuseumsQuartier. For this exhibition series Patricia J. Reis and Anna T. have invited artists focusing on language in a multitude of ways. Being based in a place that has been so divided in the context of immense sociopolitical changes, while becoming more multi-cultural, the curators wanted to look into language as a technology of communicating, connecting, and coming together. The exhibition series examines the visual language of colonialism (and who or what becomes illegal), the human and machine language and its threshold of function and dysfunction, and the embodied language of a queer migrant body that opens up and connects with other bodies and spirits alike. Mz* Baltazar’s curatorial viewpoint brings together artists from different media and backgrounds that speak to the diversity of the creative hub that is Vienna. Mz* Baltazar’s Labfurther aims at highlighting the lengthy process of artistic practice as research in the framework of social and political themes, such as migration, Eurocentrism, cyborgs, queerness, and the overarching theme of language. We are happy to present Mariel Rodríguez, Isabella Kohlhuber, and Pêdra Costa in a series of exhibitions running from August to December 2016 at the space of Artistic Bokeh in the MQ’s Electric Avenue.

Penetrating the black box, hacking as an emancipatory strategy in Art, Science & Technology – Workshop with Patrícia J. Reis

This workshop targets female* and trans* artists, scientists, hackers and those curious in art and/or tech, interested in learning and sharing what they know about technology by demythifying and demystifying the so-called “black box”. By means of a fearless environment we invite participants to open electronic devices, break them apart, recycle components, play around with circuit-bending, questioning functionality, or simply hang out for a little chat and a cup of tea. Additionally, the workshop aims to be a meeting point for all female* and trans* hackers and/or artists interested in networking regardless of their background, experience, and level of knowledge. Mz* Baltazar’s is interested in getting to know and listen to its peers, connecting and bringing together female* and trans* people who share post-internet, hacktivist, queerfeminist, and DIY/DIT, open source political views.


Hacking is nowadays a common practice and creative strategy employed among post-internet artists. By subverting the system, reverse engineering, hacking creative processes, defending access and openismus, they instrument a bottom-up methodology using deconstruction as a method to “make” art. Acknowledging Vilém Flusser’s (1986) challenge of opening the “black box” they question what is behind commercial apparatuses, defying their potential with the awareness of the impact of technology in the current neo-liberal market. Built upon the belief that art practice can be a critical impetus for social change, hacking practices and methods might be constituted as a potential tool for activating the spectator, emancipating and leading them into the process of questioning consumer capitalism.

Yet, those important tools of critical thought are still not completely accessible to all genders, since in the current time we still face the problem that women* and trans* people are a minority in both the creative and technical design of new technologies. The scenario is particular worrying in the context of hackerspaces, makerspaces, media art festivals, media art exhibitions and media art university degrees. This problem stems from the fact that electronic and programming are very often connoted as white normative male tools, and likewise the way technology is introduced to women and trans* people in their social and creative environment.

As an alternative, several initiatives such as Mz* Baltazar’s Lab based in Vienna, aim to contribute for merging the gender gap of female* and trans* people in the art, scientific and technology realm/ market by offering them tech/ art workshops, exhibition space and a supportive active community in a discrimination and sexual harassment free environment. By creating a space that fosters creativity, activism and provocative thinking MzB aims to empower women* and trans* people and support them in the development of their projects. Conscious that the intertwining of diversified knowledge and experience is primary for a community-building process, MzB invites women* and trans* people from different mindsets and backgrounds to share and collaborate without restrictions. Penetrating the black box is an invitation for those that are interested in intersecting their view points with other politics of perception contributing for a critical thought towards the necessity of demythifying and demystifying the ‘black box’.

Miss Baltazar's Lab workshops in Christiania – Copenhagen April 2013 – only women and trans


In a three-day workshop we will hack hardware, make noise and produce stencils with open-source software. We will ask a lot of “dumb” questions and also develop technology together to accomplish an artistic project. No expert is required for participants. We want to share our knowledge and equipment and use the opensource tools of technology to express ouservelves in a new way. Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory offers to women and trans the opportunity to acquire skills in electronics and programing to realize interactive projects. The workshops will be held on Fridays at 15h in Maelkeboetten/ Christiania.

Please sign in or ask questions in on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/536755569708933/

Price per workshop: material costs

Artists & Workshops

Maria Hera “Ma soer cent têtes” Stencil workshop

12.04.2013 at 15h


Ma soeur cent têtes is a gender-feminist street-art project. Maria Hera collected biographies of women who did interesting things in the past/future, made stencils out of their portraits and sprayed it in public space. Every stencil is basically provided with a bar- or QR-code witch leads to the wiki- or website of the shown woman.

The workshop is structured in the following way: depending to possibilities a viewing of the stencils on location or online is intended. Hereby the intention and concept are presented. In the second part the participants can learn the technic, according to individual interests, by creating self-chosen females or by cutting all ready existing stencils and spray them. The workshop empowers the participants to realize individual ideas or participate as a multiplicator in the process of publishing the women heroes.

Patrícia J. Reis – Electronics & Arduino Introduction Workshop

19.04.2013 at 15h


This workshop aims to introduce the basics of electronics, focusing on what is essential for exploiting the open source Arduino platform and therefore to build things using different kinds of in and out-puts. We propose a relaxed approach and we aim to provide a pleasant environment for exploring, playing with the tools and above all having fun!

Christine Schörkhuber – The beauty of distorsion visual generation without laptop

26.04.2013 at 15h


This workshop provides features to create visuals without the use of a laptop. In a playful way the powerful technical “magic box” is demystified and hacked.

Electric disturbance signals generated by Audio Signals are used to create abstract video landscapes. To open up cables and learn how to modify the signals is a first insight into the operating mode of signal transmission and basic electronics.

“Beauty of distorsion” is a glitch art project on the intersection of Video Art, Sound Art and Literature.


With thanks to our Founding Partners: Statens Kunstrad Danish Arts Council & Osterreichische Botschaft in Copenhagen who have made this workshop series possible.


Bildschirmfoto 2013-03-27 um 23.38.04Logo Botschaft


Switch On, Switch Off

WORKSHOP:  ‘Switch On, Switch Off’,
 a creative workshop for people who shy away from technology

with Joëlle Bitton (FRANCE)

WHEN: Friday 01.06.2012, at 2pm – 6 pm (you  can drop by at any point)

WHERE: PUBLIC SPACE “HOF 7” in Museumsquartier, Innenhof, neben Architekturzentrum Wien

Switch On Switch Off is a workshop on the basics of digital interaction in the physical world. Participants hack their bodies and their environment, turning them into the switches that activate and inactivate simple electronic circuits. A team of artists and designers guide them as they try and invent creative interactive gestures.

For beginners and pros

Switch On Switch Off is a interaction workshop for people of all ages, from all backgrounds, including absolute beginners and people who typically shy away from technologies. The main idea is to keep it simple —  not simplistic. More advanced practitioners can also get a lot from the simplicity of the workshop, being able to quickly iterate and try things. The constraint of  a very simple building block is in fact liberating, as you concentrate on the gestures and the scenario.

Joëlle is a new media artist, a human-computer interaction researcher and a traveller. She looks at the creative uses of technology and their potential social impact in the ‘Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy” (SiDE) research program at Culture Lab, Newcastle University. She pursued similar questions at Media Lab Europe in Dublin, between 2002 and 2005, in the research group “Human Connectedness”, with the projects “RAW” and “Passages”.
She co-founded in 2000 in Vienna an experimental collective “`Superficiel” in support of works that explore, among other things, the ideas of surface, screen, and body movement as interfaces.
In 1999, Joelle holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Sorbonne in History of Techniques. Her thesis, “Les Machines de l’Imaginaire” describes the impact of emerging technologies and networks on the 19th century European society.
She also co-organises Dorkbot Paris events.

TV hack workshop

MARCH 23rd. 7pm. Museumsquartier

|[ tagr tv raum ]|
workshop with artist Heike Kaltenbrunner

: : Heike will explain her installation

About the life and death of tv-sets and neutron stars

: : present Franz Xaver’s Hardware Hack behind it

: : and will talk about her approach to artistic production

: : Heike Kaltenbrunner entwickelt Soundinstallationen.

: : Sie wird uns den Hard Ware Hack des Künstlers Franz Xaver zeigen, der die technische Grundlage für ihre Arbeit

Über das Leben und Sterben von Neutronensternen und TV-Geräten


: : und über ihren Zuganz zur künstlerischen Arbeit sprechen.

free entry. women and trans only.


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