Vienna-based artist Klaus Schafler is dealing with phenomena and imagination of transition in different geo-political landscapes and sub-urban situations, with a specific research focus on terrritories and ecologies of the Anthropocene. Working in various formats including site-specific installations, performative interventions in the public, and staged lectures, he is trying to elaborate the complicated relationship between micro aspects and ’world’ as relational concepts, often projected to the year 2050, to a future that is already taking shape.
Having a background in arts, political science and economy, he is also co-running Kunsthalle Exnergasse´s exhibition programme in Vienna, was fellow resident with LMCC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, was co-curator of artist collective K.U.L.M., and visiting critic at ART OMI, published the book ´Hacking the Planet and Future`, was awarded an art-science grant by the Austrian Ministry for Arts and Culture,  and co-initiated the collaborative project ’Grammar of Urgencies’, currently researching on ´Fleeting Territories´.

Select Exhibitions and Projects:

2018

DAL BAHAR MADWARHA, The island is what the sea surrounds
with Fleeting Territories, a temporary collective by Austrian artists Sabine Bitter, Helmut Weber and Klaus Schafler and Swedish researcher Jonatan Habib Enquist.
Valetta 2018, Exhibition European Cultural Capital, Malta

Creative Climate
Performing lecture at symposium, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London

PAPIER.KARTON.PAPPE.
30.June 2018, 7 pm
Opening of exhibition
K3 Pischelsdorf, A

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FACTORY DAY
12.May 2018
Symposium, with WUK
Lviv, Ukraine

2017

Fleeting Territories
Exhibition Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna  (cur.)

Climate Control
Performance, seminar and book launch with Ellie Ga, Klaus Schafler and Sverker Sörlin, Dome of Visions, Stockholm

The Future of Demonstration
NAURUTICA

REAKTOR, Vienna

Fleeting Territories
Exercise by Grammar of Urgencies at Albern Harbour, Vienna

2016

urbanize!, Housing the Many – Stadt der Vielen
Rothneusiedl

Schallwirkungen auf Mensch und Tier
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

polar
Politik I Theorie I Alltag
Series of pictures published in the magazine polar # 20: Expertokratie
Contributions by Olafur Eliasson, Manfred Holtfrerich, Bethan Huws, Klaus Schafler, invited by Raimar Stange
Spring issue, Berlin 2016

Reisen Zeichnen
curated by S. Hörtner, kunsthaus muerz, Mürzzuschlag

Funkenflug 4
by Celle – in reference to Richard Buckminster Fuller, Künstlerhaus Vienna

It’s (about) politics
Performing the emancipatory potential of cultural practice,
Trans Europe Halles meeting, WUK, Vienna

ANTHROPOLOGY, WEATHER & CLIMATE CHANGE
27-29 May 2016, Conference
Making Climates Present: The Atmospheric Imaginaries of Klaus Schafler and Karolina Sobecka
Paper presentation by David Stentiford (Stanford University)
British Museum, London

2015

LANDSCAPE IN MOTION
Cinematic Visions of an Uncertain Tomorrow
Kunsthaus Graz
Exhibition, in cooperation with Camera Austria, Diagonale 2015 and the Austrian Film Museum.

HYPERNATURAL LANDSCAPES OF THE ANTHROPOCENE
Landscape in the arts and cultural sciences, Conference
A cooperation between Karl Franzens University Graz, Universalmuseum Joanneum Kunsthaus Graz and the School of Visual Arts NYC

RENEWABLE FUTURES
Konferenz, Lecture-Performance mit M. Richter, RIXC at Art Research Lab of Liepaja University, Stockholm School of Economics and Latvian National Library, Riga

SAVING THE WORLD… FROM A GESAMTKUNSTWERK:
THE ART OF STAGING SITUATIONS OF REAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Ovidiu Tichindeleanu in Conversation with Klaus Schafler
IDEA arts & society, Issue # 46, 2015
[download PDF including images]

MISSION W — Skulptur im Wienerwald
Jubiläumswarte, Vienna

OSTRALE´015
Dresden

baustelle land. DER FILM
Haus der Architektur, HDA im Palais Thinnfeld / Graz

NOVA
Nuovo Opificio Vaccari per le Arti
Santo Stefano di Magra / La Spezia – Italia

THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT
Ingeborg Strobl calls Klaus Schafler
VBKÖ, Vienna

K.U.L.M. MARKIERUNGEN
ORF Landesstudio Steiermark – Funkhausgalerie, Graz

Workshop International Organizations
Dansehallerne, Copenhagen

2014

INFORMAL COMMON GROUNDS
La città autoprodotta / the self produced city
A project by S.M.U.R. in collaboration with Teatro Valle Occupato and Metropoliz, Rome

lets’s talk about work honey!

with Klaus Schafler and Christian Teckert
lesSOUTERRAINs, Vienna

HALFTIME IN COOLING JACKETS
The Shed Space, Brooklyn, NY

RENEWABLE FUTURES
Goethe Institute Riga, Liepaja University’s Art Research Lab, Latvia

VorOrt
Forum Stadtpark, Graz

K.U.L.M. Mitteilungen 2
Joanneumsviertel Auditorium, Graz
K3, Pischelsdorf /Stmk

2013

Maldives Pavilion
55. Biennale di Venezia
Gervasuti Foundation, Venice

SELF MADE URBANISM ROME
nGbK, Berlin

MASSNAHMEN ZUR RETTUNG DER WELT _ TEIL 4
<rotor>, Graz

Projekt 45: Klaus Schafler: Halbzeit in Kühljacken
k48 – Offensive für zeitgenössische Wahrnehmung, Vienna

PAST TENSE, FUTURE IMPERFECT
Art Share LA, Los Angeles

“WE DON´T NEED A WEATHERMAN”
Panel and book launch
Secession, Vienna

CONTINGENT MOVEMENTS SYMPOSIUM
Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC) of the Venice Biennale, Boat trip to the Venetian Lagoons
Maldives Pavilion, 55.Venice Biennale

An exhibition which comes and goes as it pleases
(collaboration with Dubbin & Davidson)
Et al., San Francisco

BORDERLINE
Book launch, Kunst im Öffentlichen Raum Steiermark
RONDO, Graz

HACKING THE PLANET AND FUTURE
Publication by Klaus Schafler, 2013, Folio [german/english]

DIVERSITÄT (Vielfalt)
K.U.L.M. Akademie, K.U.L.M.erde 2013-2015
K3 Pischelsdorf /Stmk., A

GEMEINSCHAFTLICHE RÄUME
Kunsthalle Feldbach, HTBLVA Graz-Ortweinschule, …

JOAN OF ART – towards a free education
Response to Environmental Crisis 2

2012

Cooling Station, Regionale12, Murau, Krakautal
Borderline, European Capital of Culture, Maribor
Approaching Transience Part IIKarlsplatz 2, Vienna
aufhören I, K.U.L.M. / K3, Pischelsdorf
JAUS, Los Angeles
URBAN DREAMS, Art Today Association, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv

2011

Space for Art and Industry, New York
Hacking Kulmland, Main Square Pischelsdorf
NANO11, Academy of Science, Chisinau
Johnson Design Center, Parsons, The New School, New York

will be updated soon…

2010

The Art of Story Telling performance and film screenings in the Playroom, curated by The Cutting Room, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham

ASAP Austro Sino Arts Program: da bao: organized by Karel Dudesek, Anni Art, 798 Art District, Beijing

Chisinau_Art & Research in Public Sphere: conference and interventions, curated by Stefan Rusu, KSA:K Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau, Moldova

Waidhofen/Ybbs – architekturbus 10 video-screening in the frame of „Bauen im Naturpark Südsteirisches Weinland“, meeting invited by Landesbaudirektion Steiermark in co-operation with baustelle land, Silberberg, Leibnitz

RELIQTE: curated by Johannes Rauchenberger, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz

Tisch im Raum invites HUNGER: with A. Löbel and L. Morawetz / Kunsthalle Exnergasse, intervention at Eating the Universe, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

Ohne Gnade: invited by KAVN, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz

Wanted-Found: curated by Erwin Talker, Galerie Kon-temporär, Graz

Sound Design for Future Films: collaboration with Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio

New Times, New Models: TEH conference at Pekarna, Maribor

K.U.L.M. Akademiepaket: KSG, Graz

2009

28th BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS: curated by Gülsen Bal & Alenka Gregoric, Petja Grafenauer, Jadranka Ljubicic and Tadej Pogacar; Ljubljana

AIOP / art in odd places: guest curated by Erin Donnelly and Radhika Subramaniam; 14th Street, New York

K.U.L.M. Gegen/Teile: K3 Pischelsdorf

OHNE GNADE: invited by KAVN; at kunst.wirt.schaft, Graz ; Purpur Architektur + CastYourArt, Vienna ; The Absence of Art, Berlin ; (2010) Museum für Quellenkultur, Klein St. Paul

ViennArt 2009 / eop: curated by Lucas Gehrmann and Günther Oberhollenzer; MUSA, Museum auf Abruf, Vienna

Sea Level: conference, Pushkinskaya 10 / Manege, St. Petersburg

SCHUBUMKEHR / THRUST REVERSAL – Arnold Reinisch, Klaus Schafler: curated by Johannes Rauchenberger, MINORITEN GALLERIES Graz

REWIND, FAST FORWARD: curated by Günther Holler-Schuster, videoart from the collection from 1970 until today, Neue Galerie Graz

2008

Chinese Biennial: curated by Koan Jeff Baysa and Pan Xing Lei, KuArt Center, Beijing

2050 Prishtina: Stacion Center for Contemporary Arts, Prishtina, Kosovo

Sound Design for Future Films: Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson in collaboration with Oskar Aglert, Lisa K. Blatt, Aideen Barry, Kate Gilmore, Klara Hobza, Gabriel Lester, Melik Ohanian, Klaus Schafler and Jackie Sumell, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

ARTmART: Kuenstlerhaus Vienna

visiting critic: at International artist residency, Art Omi, Ghent, New York

Das Ganze und seine Gegenteile / K.U.L.M.: symposium and exhibition, Kulmlandhalle Rohrbach

Field Trip curated by Radmila Iva Jankovic and Marc Ganzglass, PM Gallery / HDLU Dom, Zagreb

2007

Yokohama Boogie. Under the Influence: curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, ZAIM, Yokohama

D21 Salon: D21 Kunstraum Leipzig

Moving Pictures: Screening at LMCC open studio weekend, 120 Broadway, New York

ARTmART: Kuenstlerhaus Vienna

Excuse me, you have art in your teeth: Pocket Utopia, New York

work in progress: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council open studios, New York

K.U.L.M. Kunst als Lehre – Kunst/Leere/Räume: Academy of Fine Arts, Munich , Kunsthaus Weiz

Video as Urban Condition. Project exploring how video shapes urban experience: Video-pool prize winners(draw): 135 Anca Daucikova, 171 Klaus Schafler, 204 Perpetual Art Machine [PAM] collective

Richard Frankenberger / Too far. Positionen aus der Vorstadt: curated by Klaus Schafler, Minoriten Galleries, Graz

ENCC Second European Project Fair of Cultural Centres: Panel statement, Riga Congress Centre, Riga

2006

Tankstadt 2050: FIT, Free International Tankstation, Berlin

October Discussions: WUKPOL Group, WUK Courtyard, Vienna

Peripheral Structures: with K.U.L.M., Kunsthalle Feldbach , steirischer herbst 06

photo_graz 06: ESC im labor, Graz

2005

Vorstadt / Suburbia: Exhibition with K.U.L.M., K3 Pischelsdorf , steirischer herbst 05

Bound_less: Installation Jan Christensen, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo

Mut zur Q.: baustelle land / Chamber of Architects, Passail

2004

Exhibition of the Support Prize for Contemporary Fine Art Styria: Neue Galerie Graz , Curator: Dirk Snauwaert, Lyon / Brüssel [Awarded]

K.U.L.M. Lustwandeln: Museum of Contemporary Art Vienna, MAK NITE; Wolkersdorf Castle; Wiener Salon/Nelsons Vienna , Attems Palace Graz; K3 Pischelsdorf; University of Klagenfurt, Supplement to Der Standard; steirischer herbst 04

2003

Piterart: Festival for New Technologies; Ohta Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg

operation figurini: Karmelitermarkt, Viktor Adler Markt, Meidlingermarkt, Vienna

EXPORT, Kunst abseits vom Netz KAVN: Exhibition Space of the Moscow District, St. Petersburg

NOMADIN: B54 and Dom im Schlossberg/Graz ; STADT_LAND_KUNST Graz 2003, European Cultural Capital

K.U.L.M. Academy: K3 Pischelsdorf, celery’s Graz (not.tour.no Graz Art Night); Supplement to Kleine Zeitung; steirischer herbst 03

temporary construction sites: Diploma Project, Academy of Fine Arts, Semperdepot, Vienna

2002

baustelle land: Votiv Kino, Vienna

Gwhsg: Forum Stadtpark, Graz

K.U.L.M.ination: Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; K3, Pischelsdorf

2001

Marko Lipus, Klaus Schafler: Pavel House, Bad Radkersburg

[dichroscopic gloss]: Semperdepot/Artist Studios of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

K.U.L.M. Farbe bekennen: K3 Pischelsdorf , steirischer herbst

baustelle land: K(ulturstock)3, Pischelsdorf, steirischer herbst 01

faktor p: Salon Lady Chutney, Vienna

2. Austrian Conference on Wealth: Semperdepot, Vienna

„Machen Sie mir dieses Land wieder“: KIBLA Multimedia Center, Maribor , steirischer herbst 01

2000

kunst hautnah: Künstlerhaus, Vienna

loop: MAG11/com_unit, temporary Porgy&Bess, Museumsquartier, Vienna

K.U.L.M. continues: K3 Pischelsdorf

1999

Zebra for Zebra: Kunstfenster Harnisch, Graz; Charity in Minoriten Cultural Center, Graz

K.U.L.M. Feuer/Fire: Rasthaus at B54 and K3 Pischelsdorf , Video on ORF „kunststücke“ (television)

1998

K.U.L.M.: Kunstverein Schloß Plön / Kiel

K.U.L.M. Luft/Air: K3 Pischelsdorf

1997

ident.: Urania Photo Gallery Graz; Week of European Culture Lwiw/Lemberg

K.U.L.M. Erde/Earth: public space / area of Kulm and K3 Pischelsdorf

raum & transformation: K3 Pischelsdorf; Wismar Art College

1996

Grenzräume: Der Retzhof, Leibnitz (A), Austrian Embassy in Cracow

Studio in Vienna, 2008
Studio in Vienna, 2008

Studio in New York, 2007
Studio in New York, 2007

Studio in Vienna, 2006
Studio in Vienna, 2006

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