Lou Liska lives / works near Vienna. Social, economic and political power dynamics and dominance structures are a steady constant in the artistic exploration, which is repeatedly dedicated to the weak, the oppressed and is interested in imaginary, non-binary visions of the future. Using different media the colourful, figurative and enigmatic style likes to pick up on unspoken tensions and fears, but also hopes of modern societies. Queer is on the one hand a self-description and on the other a subversive strategy of radical openness.

"I am interested in the human condition and its relation to nature between the pace of personal learning and development and the constantly accelerating processes of technical action and innovation. Matter has long since decoupled from process. The exciting question for me is whether and how a reconnection, perhaps even a kind of unison, can be achieved again? The desire that drives a body and the pleasure that nourishes a body may be driving forces in this enterprise." 


Performances

- opera - a future game / vienna edition, motion capture performance, analog-digital happening and physical theatre, 19:00 Burgtheater Bühne; Impulstanz Festival Vienna 2023; 17.7.2023; concept and text: Michael v. zur Mühlen and Thomas Köck
- Showing Encounters #3, world premiere; durational performances, 16:00 to 22:00, Sabine-Oberhauser-Straße 8, 1220 Wien; Impulstanz Festival Vienna, 03.08. - 05.08.2022. Choreografie, Performance: June Chung, Clélia Colonna, Soraya Emery, Alexander Gottfarb, Katharina Illnar, Lou Liska, Martyna Lorenc, Raul Maia, Anna Maria Nowak
- Showing of SWEAT CHILLS SPIT at S_P_I_T Queer Performance Festival 04.06.2022; 20:30 - 21:00. Tanzquartier Wien, following Research workshop SWEAT CHILLS SPIT with Veza Fernández & Imani Rameses at Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna
- Cut her out; short solo performance; part of Festival SOHO in Ottakring; June 2020; Vienna – cancelled due to SARS-CoV-2
- Solo - Turmbau zu Babel - durational work in progress as part of Raw Matters – large and long at Arbeitsplatz Wien, Siegfriedgasse 23/ Tor 1; Start 19:30; 18.12.2019; Vienna
- Desire with no name; solo performance; Châtèau Rouge, 1120 Vienna; Austria; 31.10.2019
- Liquid Creatures Volume 0; duo performance Gerhard Liska & Marion Steinfellner; Marion’s GedichtTanzAtelier Vienna; Austria; March 2018
- Who am I? – Durational solo performance as part of CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1, VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK; 4 hours; 16.12.2017; Palazzo Mora, Venice; Italy
- Re-Born – over and over again; short performance to closure of Hakomi Therapist Training; Ruhstorf/Rott, Germany; May 2017

Exhibitions

Solo Shows
- New Works, Bergerhaus, Schrannenplatz 5, 2353 Gumpoldskirchen, Austria; 13. – 23.09.2018
- Kulturzentrum (Cultural Centre) Trudering, Wasserburger Landstrasse, 81825 Munich, Germany; 04. – 29.04.2016
- „Landscape Dramas“; Gallery Lebendige Lerchenfelderstrasse; part of OFF Festival Vienna 2015; 06th – 20th November 2015

Group Shows
- ArtMuc Kunstmesse/Artfair; MTC Locations, Ingolstädter Straße 45; D-München/Munich; 27. – 29.10.2023
- Mark Salzburg; Group show Safe Space; Hannakstrasse 17; A-Salzburg; 13.- 30.07.2023
- ArtMuc Kunstmesse/Artfair; MTC Locations, Ingolstädter Straße 45; D-München/Munich; 23. – 26.03.2023
- Glasgow Gallery of Photography; Lower Gallery, Monochrome Part 1; Glasgow; 06. – 31.01.2023; also accessible online
https://de.glasgowgalleryofphotography.com/monochrome-part-1-2023
- Cista Arts, London; Visual Arts Show; A Moment in Time; 03. - 31.01.2023; https://www.cistaarts.com/amomentintime
- Envision Arts Virtual Gallery; STILL LIFE II: A contemporary collective; 01.–30.11.2021; https://www.envisionartshow.com/still-life-ii - One of two Honorable Mentions
- The Greenpoint Gallery; February Virtual Gallery; Brooklyn, NY - United States; 01.- 28.02.2021; www.thegreenpointgallery.com
- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - 11th Annual "CityScapes" Online Art Competition. Opening 01.02.2021; https://www.lightspacetime.art
- Kunst trägt Rosa. Kunst trägt Widerstand; Künstlerische VHS; Vienna; Austria; December 2020
- 8th Cultivate on-line show, (Far from the) Turmoil, on-line art exhibition, opening: 2020-05-14; https://organthing.com/2020/05/14/organ-cultivate-presents-far-from-the-turmoil-an-on-line-art-exhibition/
- Kunst trägt Rosa. Kunst trägt Widerstand; VHS Hietzing; Vienna; Austria; 14.03. - 29.04.2020
- „Open Artist’s Studio Weekend in Lower Austria; Artist’s studio, Guntramsdorf, Austria; 19.-20.10.2019
- A Whomb with a View. Inner Space: A Chamber Gallery, 175 Duncan Ave. Unit 2, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA; Co-directed by: Aryna Petrashenko & Robert Long; curated by The Vagilante; May 6-28, 2017
- USB-SHUFFLE-SHOW (FIVE); curated by INSTITUT FÜR ALLES MÖGLICHE / ABTEILUNG FÜR ALLES ANDERE; Berlin, Germany; January 27th - 28th 2017
- Shoebox – 2nd International Sculpture Exhibition; Todd Art Gallery; Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, TN, USA; 20th Jannuary – 9th February 2017
- “ART.SALON 2015”; Gallery Artopia; Wiedner Hauptstraße 46, 1040 Wien; curated by ::kunst-projekte::; Vienna, 30th October – 01st November 2015
- „Open Artist’s Studio Weekend in Lower Austria; Artist’s studio, Guntramsdorf, Austria; 17.-18.10.2015
- „Together again“; Titok Galéria / Secret Gallery, Ó utca 12, H-1066 Budapest; curated by Adriana Peterova; Hungary, 20.02.2015 – 20.03.2015
- „Abnormal in a Regular“; Red Light Flying Gallery Rzeszów/Central Station Rzeszów (Poland); curated by Joanna Vejar; art in public space; 25.11.2014 to 05.12.2014
- „Handyfotografie: (K)eine Kunst?“; FotoQuartier Wien, Margaretenstraße 127, 1050 Vienna; 24.10.2014 15.11.2014

Residencies, Research projects

• International Summer Academy for Arts, Salzburg; Research workshop with Shu Lea Cheang; Code Me, Love Me, Set Me Free: Queerdom in other-worlds; 14–26 August 2023
• Kunstverein München, Summer School 2022 Research Residency; The Stories We Tell Ourselves Part II; August 09–12, 2022; Munich, Germany
• Encounters #3, Proseries Research Project, Impulstanz Festival Vienna, 18.07. - 02.08.2022.
• Kunstverein München, Summer School 2021 Research Residency; The Stories We Tell Ourselves Part I; August 23–26, 2021; Munich, Germany
• Raw Matters Performance Residency, Vienna, 30.11. – 20.12.2020; Showing 11.01.2021 Le Studio / Studio Molière, Vienna (subject to necessary restrictions enforced by Corona – showing cancelled)
• International Summer Academy for Arts, Salzburg, video workshop “Montage, my beautiful trouble” with Eli Cortiñas und Elina Saalfeld, 10. – 22.08.2020; Salzburg; Austria
• Research Project with Steven Cohen: Body Scenography; 1 week; August 2019; Impulstanz Festival; Vienna; Austria
• Artistic Research Working Group of the PSi conference #25 of Performance Studies international, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 4 – 7, 2019; participation video „the desire to become“,  via zoom video conference
• Artistic research project „Ecologies of desire“, start March 2019; paper "An emancipatory topology of desire" scheduled to appear in summer/autumn 2020 in the journal World Futures, Guest Editor: Sacha Kagan
• Symposium Applied Microperformativity: Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn, Innovation Lab, University of Applied Arts Vienna; 13.-15.12.2018; Vienna, Austria
• Co-Creation Project CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1, Venice International Performance Art Week; with VestandPage – Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes; 07.-16.12.2017; Palazzo Mora, Venice; Italy
• Research Project with Angela Schubot, Jared Gradinger & Robert Steijn: the inside is the outside is the inside : about nothing; 31.07. – 11.08.2017; Impulstanz Festival; Vienna; Austria
• Collection of five pieces of satisfaction furniture, presentation, Arse Elektronika 2015: Shoot your workload, San Francisco, USA; curated by Monochrom; 02.10 bis 04.10.2015 

Publications

Own publications
- 2020, An Emancipatory Topology of Desire (2020); World Futures, 2020, 76 (5-7), pp 420-433

Catalogues, Articles
- 2023, Catalogue A moment in Time - VISUAL ARTS SHOW | JANUARY 2023 INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITION https://www.cistaarts.com/amomentintime

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