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By and with Natalie Ofenböck (AT) & Nino Mandl (AT), Teresa Präauer (AT), Milo Rau (DE/CH), Daniel Wisser (AT)
This year again, five artists will be keeping a highly subjective online diary: Swiss theatre-maker Milo Rau, who projects epic images of flight and homeland in “Empire”, thus exploring the future of Europe; Austrian author and musician Daniel Wisser; author and graphic artist Teresa Präauer; Natalie Ofenböck and Nino Mandl (alias Der Nino aus Wien), who have embarked on a research tour of Styria for steirischer herbst, capturing their experiences and encounters on “Das grüne Album”.
They have already published their first notes in May, and will be adding to them continuously. When they are on site in Graz for one week during the festival, their note-taking will be intensified – thus joining together to form a parallel pre-history and literary continuation of steirischer herbst.
Natalie Ofenböck & Der Nino aus Wien (AT)
Nino Mandl, born in Vienna in 1987, works as a musician and poet under the pseudonym ”Der Nino aus Wien”. He presented the first of eight studio albums, ”The Ocelot Show”, in 2008. In 2011 Mandl joined the musician, poet and illustrator Natalie Ofenböck, born in Vienna in 1987, to found the band ”Krixi, Kraxi und die Kroxn”, publishing their first and so far only album ”Die Gegenwart hängt uns schon lange zum Hals heraus” the same year. The duo’s next collaboration followed one year later, the audio book ”Fräulein Gustl” based on writings of Arthur Schnitzler. Pieces from the latest musical collaboration of Ofenböck and Mandl – ”The Green Album” – were presented at steirischer herbst in 2015.
Teresa Präauer (AT)
Teresa Präauer, born in Linz in 1979, lives as an author and visual artist in Vienna. Präauer studied German Studies and Painting in Salzburg, Berlin and Vienna, publishing her first novel ”Für den Herrscher aus Übersee” in 2012, for which she received the aspekte literature prize for the best German-language prose debut. Her second work, ”Johnny und Jean”, was awarded the Hölderlin incentive prize, among others, and was nominated for the Leipziger Buchmesse prize in 2015. In addition to working as an author, Präauer is also a visual artist, her work ranging from illustration (e.g. ”Die Gans im Gegenteil” by Wolf Haas, 2009) and painting to video art.
Milo Rau / IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder (DE/CH)
Milo Rau, born in Bern in 1977, works as a theatre and film director and as an essayist and lecturer. After studying Sociology, German Studies and Romance Studies in Paris, Zürich and Berlin, in 2007 Rau founded the theatre and film production company IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder, dedicated to the multimedia adaptation of political and social conflicts. The documentary works staged and produced by Rau together with the IIPM, of which he is Director, have been performed at the Wiener Festwochen, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and the Berliner Theatertreffen, among other venues. Milo Rau, who ranks among the most renowned and sought-after European directors, is also appearing for the first time at steirischer herbst with “Empire“, the final instalment of his Europe trilogy.
Daniel Wisser (AT)
Daniel Wisser, born in Klagenfurt in 1971, lives and works as an author and musician in Vienna. His debut novel ”Dopplergasse acht” came out in 2003, with Wisser receiving the Austrian State Grant for Literature four years later. The prose-writer and lyric poet was nominated for the 2011 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for ”Standby”. The novel of the same name published the same year was awarded the Carinthian Literature Prize, among other distinctions. His latest work, ”Kein Wort für Blau” – a collection of stories – was presented in 2016. In addition to working as a writer, Wisser is also a musician and founded ”Erstes Wiener Heimorgelorchester” (First Viennese Home Organ Orchestra) in 1994, that has since published nine records, winning the Protestsongcontest with their song ”Widerstand ist Ohm” in 2009.