projects

Echoes from invisible landscapes 2016 – 2018 was a smaller scale cooperation project co-financed by the EACEA Creative Europe programme and the Alps Adriatic Alliance. Karin Schorm & Zahra Mani, representing the Croatian cultural initiative Mani doo, were project partners along with Wieser Verlag Klagenfurt-Celovec, the cultural anthropology department of the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Sajeta Festival Tolmin and coordinator Enterprise Z, Mia Zabelka’s Austrian organisation for contemporary performance art.

Phonart – the Lost Languages of Europe 2010 – 2012 was a cooperation project co-financed by the EU Culture programme. Karin Schorm & Zahra Mani, representing the Croatian cultural initiative Mani doo, were project partners along with RingRing Festival in Belgrade, mamapapa street performance group from the Czech republic and coordinator Enterprise Z, Mia Zabelka’s Austrian organisation for contemporary performance art.

Cyber Dinners are multi-media sensory events that immerse visitors, artists and culinary staff in a self-contained space of sound, taste, touch, smell and sight. The first took place in the context of Mäßig & Gefräßig at MAK in Vienna in in 1996. Further site-specific events were hosted at Klanghaus Untergreith, at Monte Mulini hotel in Rovinj, at supermarket concept store in Belgrade and at the Narodni Dom theatre in the context of Maribor European City of Culture 2012. Participants included Andres Bosshard, Frances-Marie Uitti, Lydia Lunch, Marko Markovic, Harri Stojka, Tibor Szemzö, Svetalana Maras and Mia Zabelka.

Sound moves in full colour was one of the opening events of Graz 2003, European City of Culture. Karin Schorm and Zahra Mani collaborated with Mia Zabelka and the team from Graz 2003 to create an interactive audio-visual space in the Landhaushof in the city centre. Live musicians, video projection artists and media artists created a dance-floor where visitors’ movements changed the light and sound in the space, drawing everyone into the active creation of an extended moment.

Women of the ruins was a series of works by Mia Zabelka and Zahra Mani, based on interviews with Dora Drewitt, who was one of many women who cleared up the ruins of Vienna in the aftermath of the Second World War. In 2005, Zabelka and Mani founded the “Schrei- und Klagechor Osterwitz”. In September 2006, the sound installation “Women of the Ruins” was presented in a building site at Burggasse 15, Graz (once home to the legendary Kommod-Haus), along with Zahra Mani’s installation piece “ohne Titel”, a tribute to the international groups of women in black, who protest in silence against war and violence, and a live performance by Mia Zabelka and the Osterwitz choir. The evening was a collaboration with minoritenkultur Graz, Kulturkontakt Austria and supported by the State of Styria, City of Graz and BKA / Sektion Kunst.

Engelspfad took place in Vienna from 1995 – 2002. Karin Schorm and Mia Zabelka created a pedestrian route through the inner city of Vienna and invited artists to compose works for the angels and caryatids that adorn the tops of buildings, usually unseen by passers-by. Composers ranging from Olga Neuwirth to Michael Nyman, Erika Pluhar to Hildegard Knef, Bob Ostertag, Flora St. Loup and Pauline Oliveros, amongst many others, dedicated works to the Vienna angels. They transformed the city into an audio-visual space, where subtle lighting and hidden speakers surprised pedestrians hurrying by, inviting them to stop, look up, and listen. Engelspfad was a collaboration with OsterKlang Festival.