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Martina Morger's artistic practice interweaves cybernetics and corporeality in situational installations and site-specific performances. Her central questions deal with individual freedom in increasingly technological lifeworlds as well as ideas of power, desire and care within a neoliberal society determined by work and performance. Through a hydrofeminist approach she repeatedly places a specific focus on the role of FLINTA and constructions of gender. Her works can be understood on the one hand as positionings within the existing system and on the other hand as assertions against that very system: Martina actively occupies spaces, politicises the human body and negotiates the effects of social constraints on our bodies through strategies of display and visualisation. In this way, she creates queer drafts of a society whose central characteristics are hybridity and fluidity and thus assert themselves against the standardisation efforts of our present.

 

Martina Morger studied Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich and Media Art at the Zurich University of the Arts and Der Angewandte in Vienna before completing a Masters in Fine Arts Practice at the Glasgow School of Arts. She is co-curator of the platform Perrrformat, bringing performance art into public spaces, and a member of several collectives and unions. In 2020, Martina was a studio fellow at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She is a Manor Art Prize winner in 2021 and recent exhibitions have included her work at Kunstmuseen St.Gallen / Appenzell / Liechtenstein, CCA Glasgow, National Galleries of Scotland, Yarat CAS Baku, Cafa Art Beijing, Galerie Lovaas Projects, Suomi Art Fair and ArtFair Liste Basel. In 2019, she represented Liechtenstein at the 58th Venice Biennale.

 

bio.

martina morger

born in Vaduz (LI), 1989

based around LI, Eastern CH & Northern DE

2018-19 Glasgow School of Arts, Master Fine Arts Practice, Mentor: Michelle Hannah, UK

2017-18 University of Applied Arts Vienna, Transmedia Arts, Mentor: Brigitte Kowanz, AT

2015-18 Zurich University of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Mentor: Alexander Tuchacek, CH

2007-10 University of Zurich, Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communication Science, CH

selected solo* & group shows

2022

R.A.W. or the sirens of Titan, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, Appenzell, CH

Distant Lover, Beletage, Zurich, CH*

2021

Stories of Empathy, Kunsthäuser Worpswede, DE

Sehnerv Media Art Video Prize, PROGR, Berne & Houdini, Zurich, CH

Lèche Vitrines, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH*

In-Between And Around The C., Rote Fabrik, Zurich, CH

Bye Bye Binary, Weltspiele, Hanover, DE

Hidden Flowers, Kollektiv Streunender Hund, Appenzell, CH & Shetland, UK

Stretch, Lovaas Projects, Munich, DE

Your Dreams, Warenlift, Zurich, CH*

2020 

Window Shopping, DWDS, Bregenz, AT*

How To Survive, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, DE

Reflecting The Sharing Moment, Cafa Art, Beijing, CN

App'n'cell Now, Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, CH

Bloody Morrow, Lavender Sunrise, Nextex, St Gallen, CH* 

Another Long Evening, Marktgasse 26, St Gallen, CH

I Might Be Staring At Infinity (or the backs of my own eyelids), Virtual ARTIM, Baku, AZ

Safe Cells, Live Art Club, London, UK 

Artmageddon, In Relation with:, Espace Libre, Biel, CH*

It All Comes Down To, Stiege 13, Vienna, AT

Lights Out, Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK

Algorithmen der Liebe, PTTH://, Lucerne, CH

 

2019

Längste Nacht, Walcheturm, Zurich, CH

SourSOP, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

To Smooth the Furrowed Brow, B32, Maastricht, NL

Hairy Death Spiral, Intermedia Gallery, CCA, Glasgow, UK

Hopelessly Devoted, Garment Factory, Glasgow, UK

Suomi Art Fair, Galleria Lapinlahti, Cable Factory, Helsinki, FI

58th Venice Biennale, Liechtenstein symposium: Art in Dataspace, Museo Correr, Venice, IT

ALIGHT, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

2018

Heimspiel, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, CH

Triennale Visarte, Kunstmuseum, Vaduz, LI

Alles hat ein Ende, Performance-Reihe St Gallen, CH

Harts Brot, Museümli, Buchs, CH*

Performance Fotografie, LISTE Art Fair Basel, CH

Aller Retour, Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki, FI

 

selected (co-)curated projects

2022

Perrrformat präsentiert: Dario Callerame, public performance event, Zurich, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: Sunny Pfalzers, public performance event, Zurich, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: Giulia Essyad, public performance event, Zurich, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: PRICE, public performance event, Zurich, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: Johanna Kotlaris, public performance event, Zurich, CH

2021

Soft Machines, Performance Evening, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: YBDG, public performance event, Zurich, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: Mary Maggic, public performance event, Zurich, CH

Perrrformat präsentiert: Anina Müller, public performance event, Zurich, CH

2020

Bubbles (Stereoskop IX), Digital Performance Series, streamed from Wales, UK

2019

Britney’s Breakdown, Performance Festival (Stereoskop VIII), Civic House, Glasgow, UK

Hopelessly Devoted, Group Show, Garment Factory, Glasgow, UK

2018

Tabula Rasa (Stereoskop VII), Performance Festival, Tart Gallery, Zurich, CH

Utopia (Stereoskop VI), Performance Festival, Spieglerey, Zurich, CH & NoNation Gallery, Chicago, US

Petite Bourgeoisie (Stereoskop V), Performance Festival, Wunderkammer, Zurich, CH

Beuteschema (Stereoskop IV), Performance Festival, Pferd, Vienna, AT
 

selected press, publications, articles & television

2022

Distant Lover, Beletage, Zurich, CH

R.A.W. or the sirens of Titan, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, Appenzell, CH

Lèche Vitrines, Jungle Books, St Gallen, CH

 

2021

Lèche Vitrines, Kunstbulletin, Okt, Zurich, CH

Gründliches Lecken, Missy Magazine, Berlin, DE

Manor Kunstpreis St.Gallen, arttv.ch, Kulturfernsehen im Netz, Zurich, CH

Gesichter & Geschichten, Swiss National TV, Zurich, CH 

Hidden Flowers, publication by Maria Nänny, Appenzell CH & Shetland UK

homebody, Zürich moves!, Zurich, CH

The Market: What is the Value of Art, Venice Agendas, Venice, IT

The Paper, Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow, UK

(Pro)Found Listening, JAWS Journal for Art Writing, Vol. 6, Intellect, Bristol, UK

 

2020

Another Long Evening, Kunstbulletin, Sept, Zurich, CH

The Local, House Letters: Absence and Presence, Iss. 2, by Bethany Holmes, London, UK

Another Long Evening, arttv.ch, Kulturfernsehen im Netz, Zurich, CH

2019

Performance: Cleaning Her, Decorating Dissidence, London, UK

Chains, Glasgow, UK & Mainz, DE

Art in Dataspace, La Biennale Venezia, Art Museum Liechtenstein, IT/LI

2018

Digital Natives, Zine Edition, self published

www.arttv.ch/kunst/kunstmuseum-appenzell-ausstellung-heimspiel/

THE OPÉRA, Magazine for Classic & Contemporary Nude Photography, Volume V

selected collections & editions

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI

Deep Clean, Edition Visarte Liechtenstein, 2022

Tongues, Edition Kunstmuseum St Gallen, 2021/22

Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein, LI

Maus Frères SA, Geneva, CH

Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH

Kunsthäuser Worpswede, DE

Women's Archive, St Gallen, CH

Network of Artists, Lucerne, CH

residencies, grants, awards & nominations

Miracles, Poton Theatre, Batovce, SK, 2022

Worpswede Künstler*innenhäuser, Short Residency, Germany, DE, 2021

Regattatata International, Prix de Beauté, Paris, FR, 2021

MANOR Art Award 2021, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH, 2021

Media Art Award Sehnerv, 2nd place, Bern & Zurich, CH, 2021

Virtual Twin, Remote Digital Residency, Lunchtime Gallery, UK, 2021

Cité Internationale des Arts, Visarte Residency, Paris, FR, 2020

The Oasis, Strands Residency, Bute, UK, 2019 

IBK Förderpreis, Nomination, Bodenseekonferenz, CH/LI/DE/AT, 2019 

workshops, talks, teaching

Future of?, Keynote Speaker, Symposium, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CH, 2022

Paywall, How to survive as a worker in Arts & Culture, Palace, St Gallen, CH, 2021

Softly Polished Machinery, Workshop, HEK, Basel, CH, 2020

Tableaux Vivants, Workshop, Real Food Residency, Glasgow, UK, 2019

Applied Arts, WST, Project Week, Triesen, LI, 2015/17

Applied Arts & Art History, Upper Level, Scuola Vivante Buchs, CH, 2013-14