Annual theme "The Present of the Future"
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2014/15)



Futur(e) Human

Karin Harrasser and Johannes Paul Raether


Karin Harrasser is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Art University in Linz. After studying history and German studies, she wrote her PhD thesis at the University of Vienna and obtained her habilitation from the Humboldt University in Berlin. In addition to her academic work, she has been involved in various curatorial projects, including those at the NGBK in Berlin, at Kampnagel in Hamburg and at the Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna). Together with Elisabeth Timm she issues the Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften. Her publications include Körper 2.0. Über die technische Erweiterbarkeit des Menschen (transcript, 2013) and her post-doctoral thesis, which is forthcoming, Prothesen: Figuren einer lädierten Moderne (Vorwerk8, 2016).


Johannes Paul Raether lives and works in Berlin. During his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, the artist worked on various self-organised projects, including the Freie Klasse. From 2006 to 2011, he was a co-organiser of the artist-run space Basso and was involved in its collective performances. Together with the duo Discoteca Flaming Star, he conceived various performance projects and published the book Zeig Her, Führ Vor, Tausch Ein. Performance—Art—Academy (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, 2013). His works and performances have been presented in the KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn (2010), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2010), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2012), Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin (2012), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013), Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2014), Donau Festival Krems (2014), Foreign Affairs Festival of the Berliner Festspiele (2015) and in the Fridericianum Kassel (2015), as well as elsewhere, and in solo shows, including in Galerie September, Berlin (2011), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012), Ludlow 38, New York City (2014) and in the Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2015). Raether regularly publishes in Texte zur Kunst and in 2013 held a guest professorship at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Amongst other awards, he has received the Villa Romana Prize (2015) and is currently artist-in-residence at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg.