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Cathrin Pichler Archiv
für Kunst und Wissenschaften
Opening | 19.01.2017, 5.00 p.m.
Film screenings | 19.01.2017 - 20.01.2017
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Main Building, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, M15b

Cathrin Pichler Prize 2017: Laura Nitsch and Barbara Juch Filmscreenings at the CPA, © Laura Nitsch & Barbara Juch 2017

With the support of the Freunde des Cathrin Pichler Archivs, the Cathrin Pichler Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2017. The prize was awarded to Laura Nitsch and Barbara Juch (Master of Critical Studies) for their work Elements of a Landscape.

Screening times during the Rundgang daily on the hour, 14.00 - 21.00.


Elemente einer Landschaft by Laura Nitsch and Barbara Juch is an experimental film about the Austrian vacation resort Semmering.The film questions the historically grown representations that have existed up to the present day, which define Semmering as a "historically significant" landscape. The focus lies on linguistic and visual elements of the landscape, which thematically move around constructions of "nature" and question which site-specific entanglements with the discourses on race/class/gender were and still are effective in the context of this construction of nature.

Elemente einer Landschaft will be presented in the frame of the 2017 Rundgang as a film installation at the Cathrin Pichler Archive. The film language is English and German. The cinematic installation in situ is set in relation to the space and content of the archive. As the most important point of reference, the publication Wunderblock, its methodology and thematic focus, stands opposite the project.

The jury was composed of: Gertraud Auer Borea, Anette Baldauf, Sabine Breitwieser, Dorit Margreiter and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein.

Laura Nitsch (*1986 in Hildesheim) and Barbara Juch (*1988 in Klagenfurt) live and work as artists in Vienna, where they also study in the Master's program Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. They are interested in questions of classism, education and privilege, conditions of knowledge production and its representation. They work in the fields of film, literature and performance. Elemente einer Landschaft is their first collaborative project.