feralAIRs 24

We are proud to announce the artists chosen for the three feralAIR slots 2024:


Shapeshifting matter for an unstable universe by Daniela Brill Estrada aims to challenge entrenched hierarchical structures within Western scientific thought through collaborative artistic and theoretical practices. The project seeks to dismantle oppressive systems and categorizations and foster dialogue and collaboration between different forms of studying nature, in order to challenge colonial taxonomies and categories that divide nature into different boxes, not allowing bodies to exist freely, simply as part of the shapeshifting matter that currently inhabits this planet.


The what-are-stones project of Maria Nalbantova seeks to highlight critical issues in water treatment and conservation while also speculating on our future access to water. The environmental approach using local waterways as a source for eco-mythologies will use conductive polymer fibers woven into DIY biomaterials or hybrid semi-natural, semi-synthetic objects, incorporating stones from the Salzach River. By detecting changes in water quality, such as pH, temperature, and the presence of specific contaminants, this project addresses water-related challenges.


Luminous Touch of artists Alexandra Reichart and Matthias Krauß explores the notion of communication without language through self perception and body language. The project is using innovative sensors and lights built into body suits to offer new perspectives on intimacy, empathy, and communication, creating a platform for creative and intense interactions. 

Alexandra Reichart and Matthias Krauß form a dynamic artist duo, combining their unique expertise to create artworks that blend technology, robotics, kinetic elements, and a wide array of technical and crafting skills.


feralAIR is sponsored by Rewilding Cultures – Schmiede Hallein’s current Creative Europe project sponsored by the European Union as well as BMKÖS

The Rewilding Cultures (RC) project is centered around exploring innovative approaches to production, inclusivity, and environmental considerations at the intersection of the arts, science, and technology. With a strong focus on reflecting the evolving landscape of artistic research and production, the project aims to foster and reshape new perspectives on various aspects of artistic and creative processes, including research, production, presentation, and dissemination. Simultaneously, it underscores the significance of responsible participation, particularly regarding environmental sustainability and vital inclusion matters that can no longer be ignored. 


Image: Maria Nalbantova/Peter Raijekov