Johanna Bruckner





*1984 in Vienna, Austria.

She has studied Fine Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Stockholm and Hamburg. Bruckner is interested in the conditions of labour that have been ermerging in response to the technologies of communicative capitalism. Her work was shown internationally, most recently, at KW, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; the Migros Musem für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; the Villa Croce, Museum for Contemporary Art, Genoa; the Kunsthaus in Hamburg; the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Galleri Box, Cabaret Voltaire at Manifesta 11, Zurich, dOCUMENTA (13), and she is now preparing a solo exhibition at Reflector, PROGR, Bern. Bruckner has lectured at various universities and institutions including the Bauhaus University of Weimar, the Lucerne School of Art and Design, Zurich University of the Arts and the BAC Center Contemporain in Geneva. Her work was arwarded by numerous grants, most recently, she received the Hamburg Stipendium for Fine Arts (2016), was awarded a scholarship holder for the studio program at the Banff Center for Visual Arts in Canada in 2015, and she is currently a fellow at the Sommerakademie Paul Klee (2017-19). Bruckner teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts.




Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg / Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg
Fine Arts, Time-based Media and Bühnenbild; with Michaela Melian, Matt Mullican and Jesko Fezer
Degree: Master in Fine Arts (with distinction)

Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm, Advanced Program for Professional Artistic Development, Artistic Research

Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Cultural and Critical Studies, Diplom
University of Fine Arts, Berlin, research semester to compelete the final thesis, Certificate

University of Vienna, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Visual Cultures, Gender Studies
Degree: Master of philosophy (with distinction)

University of Utrecht, Cultural and Social Anthropology (Erasmus program, University of Vienna, 12 month

University of Vienna, International Development


Awards and Grants

Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst 2016
Swiss Young Artist Pro Helvetia Production Grant

The BANFF Center residency, scholarship
Production Grant, City Council Hamburg / Kulturbehörde Hamburg
Production Grant, Hamburg Foundation of the Arts / Hamburgische Kulturstiftung
Atelierstipendium Zürich, Kanon Zürich

‘Arbeits- und Projektstipendium Bildende Kunst‘, ‘Austrian Ministry for Art and Culture‘, (bmukk)

‘Emanuel - and Sophie Fohn“ Foundation, Grant for excellent achievements, Vienna
Scholarship of the IFK Akademie 2012, The International Research Center for Cultural Studies,
University of Fine Art, Linz, with a grant by the Ministry for Research and Science‘, Austria
Begabtenförderung / Year-scholarship für excellent graduates, granted by the Karl H. Ditze Jury, Stipend of the„Freundeskeis der HFBK e.V´.
Grant for selected artists of the HFBK Hamburg to realise a production at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof ´aus Mitteln der Karl H. Ditze Stiftung´

Production grant to realize the project Mobile Dinner  at the Medienfassadenfestival Europa 2010,
European Commission 07-13, a collaboration with Public Art Lab, Berlin

„Internationales Nachwuchs-Wissenschaftsstipendium“ / Research Grant, KWA, University Vienna
Grant for studies abroad by the University of Vienna for the University of Fine Arts, Berlin (UdK)

High Potential Award for outstanding achievments, University of Vienna
Erasmus-Scholarship, University Utrecht

High Achievement Grants for excellent study results, University of Vienna, annually

Exhibitions and Screenings (selected)



Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Sammlung Falkenberg, Arbeitsstipendium, Bildende Kunst

PROGR, Reflector, Bern: Johanna Bruckner (solo)

Kino Rex, Bern, in the program of "Kunst und Film", Screening of Total Algorithms of Partiality

Künstlerhaus FAKTOR, Hamburg: Textiled Bodies, China Girls and Archi-Finance

OnCurating Project Space: Johanna Bruckner & Tyler Coburn


KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, REALTY, im Rahmen des Fellowships Sommerakademie Paul Klee

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, “Real Time Auction as Utopia”

Untertage - im Waldhuus, best of visarte Zurich, 2017

Westwerk, Hamburg, Video Club 17   

Galleri Box, Johanna Bruckner: REAL TIME UTOPIAS, Götheborg, Sweden (solo)

K3 / Kampnagel Hamburg, Performance, “Total Algorithms…”  

Kino Metropolis Hamburg, The Building, a Scaffold, A Score: Screening of work by Johanna Bruckner  

17th WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw Art Center, Polen


Museum of Contemporary Art, Genova, Villa Croce

Manifesta 11, Zurich at Cabaret Voltaire, Performance Program

Corner College, Zürich, Work, Dance Labour, Johanna Bruckner & Discoteca Flaming Star


Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium, Bewerberausstellung

Kunstraum Zürich, Station 21, Johanna Bruckner: Rebel Bodies

Kunstraum Klingental, Basel, Complaining won't burn Calories


Kunsthaus Hamburg, “Macht“

Museum Bärengasse, “Unsettling the Setting“,


Art-Athina 2013, Athens, International Contemporary Art Fair


Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, ‘Working, Weaving, A Line‘ by Yael Davids

‘In search of utopia, three-apartment exhibition, Stockholm

Holidays in Greece, as part of IMPORT EXPORT, Documeta 13, Kassel


Frida Martha Tannhäuser, Berlin, ‘Luxus‘

Videoakt International Video Art Biennial, Barcelona

LOOP Video Art Fair ’10, Barcelona, ‘Indomitable Women‘, curated by Macu Moran

Media Facades Festival Europe 2010, Mobile Dinner

Armory Arts Week, New York, Flux Factory Gallery, New York

Kuma Galerie, Berlin, ‘Johanna Bruckner, JJ Levine‘


Palazzo delle Arti, Naples, MAGMART

VIDEOFORMES 2010; Vidéothèque Ephémère, France


Kuma Galerie, Berlin, Group Show

SLICK ’09 Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, Kuma Galerie


Publications (selected)

Phenomenology of Lecture Performance, ed. by Andrey Shental, with contributions by Hito Steyerl, Ciara Fumai, Uriel Orlow, Johanna Bruckner, et al.

#work, #dance, #labour, #movements: Johanna Bruckner & Discoteca Flamingstar, Corner College Press

On the transmissions of artistic gestures, work by Johanna Bruckner, Intervalla, Volume 5, Franklin University Switzerland

Boycott Grrrrrrrls, edited by Dimitrina Sevova, Tanja Trampe and Nadja Baldini, with work by Johanna Bruckner

 Johanna Bruckner on Art 21, review by Michelle Jubin (CUNY, City University New York)

Feministische Theorie und Kritische Medienkulturanalyse, ed. by Tanja Thomas, Ulla Wischermann, transcript, 2018, with a contribution by Johanna Bruckner

Residencies & Artist Talks





International Fellowship, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Bern, under the head of Tirdad Zolghadr


Nida Art Colony, Artist-in-Residence


The BANFF Center for Visual Arts, Canada, Artist-in-Residence

Atelierstipendium Zurich, “Limited Contract”, Kanton Zürich, 3 month  


Talks & Lectures


Kunsthaus Hamburg, Panel discussion, I too, have been seduced by the promise of exposure

Reflektor, PROGR, Bern, Artist Talk

Untertage / Waldhuus, best of visarte Zürich, Artist Talk

Maritime spaces, history, and poetics, Corner College Zurich, with Teti Group


Symposium Mulitasks, ZHdK Zürich; moderation of talks by Quinn Latimer; Madeleine Amsler; Lena Maria Thüring & Samuel Leuenberger; Peter Schneemann

Artist Talk: Daniel Kulle in conversation with Johanna Bruckner, Kino Metropolis, Hamburg

SCAFFOLD. Workshop organised and moderated by Johanna Bruckner; with invited participants Luisa Lorenza Corna, Merve Bedir, Abhijan Gupta, Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg


Artist Talks: Johanna Bruckner in conversation with Stephan Dillemuth; Ane Hjort Guttu; Francesco Urbano Ragazzi; ZHdK Zürich

Screening and introduction of works by Marwa Arsanios; Sarah Abu Abdallah, ZHdK Zürich


Artist Talk: Nina Möntmann in conversation with Johanna Bruckner, Y8 Hamburg

Artist Talk: Dorothee Richter in conversation with Johanna Bruckner, ZHdK Zürich & Museum Bärengasse, Zürich

Artist Talk: Katja Schröder in conversation with Johanna Bruckner, Kunsthaus Hamburg

Artist Talk: Choreography of Resistance, station 21 Zurich, Anke Hoffmann in conversation with Johanna Bruckner and Stefanie Knobl

Lecture: Lecture: Rebel Bodies, Johanna Bruckner, invited by Roberto Nigro, Zurich University of the Arts

Co-organisation of the symposium "imbued with soft infinities", together with Christian Hübler and Jörg Franzbecker; ZHdK, Zürich

Artist Talk, Johanna Bruckner, „folgendes“, in conversation with Marius Henderson and Wiebke Schwarzhans. HFBK, Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg

Lecture: ‘Subjekte der Potenzialität‘, Zurich University of the Arts
Workshop/ Seminar: ‘Subjekte der Potenzialität‘, Zurich University of the Arts
Lecture: ‘Surplus beyond Accumulation. Notes on Intensified Time and the Labor of Art:
Towards an ethics of social intensification‘. IFK_Academy,
Paper for the section ‘The Flow in the experiment of the arts‘

Lecture: Feminist International Forum, Talk on, ‘The Biopolitical Body and the Affective Turn‘,
BAC Batiment Art Contemporain, Geneve, as part of ETERNAL TOUR 2008-2012, University of Geneve
Lecture and Workshop at the Conference ‘We, the Public‘, Kunstmuseum Luzern
University Luzern, Schweiz, SARN Swiss Artistic Research Network
Presentation on ‘Artistic Research and Public Space‘, Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm, 2012


Artist talk between Johanna Bruckner and Michelle Jubin, CUNY Graduate Center, City University New York, New York City
Presentation at EUFRAD, The European Forum for Research Degrees in Art and Design, Stockholm
Lecture: What signifies a critical institution?
Practice Based Research, Conference, Bauhaus Universität Weimar
LOOP Video Art Fair, Barcelona; Conference Programm, Speaker in the panel ‘Curating Urban Screens‘

Space:resolutions, International Conference for Research and Intervention in Visual Cultures,
Vienna University of Technology, presentation



I am interested in the conditions of dissolved labour that have been ermerging in response to the technologies of communicative capitalism; often working with social and political references that emerge within the ruptures and struggles of our realities. Dancers and performers are significant in my work, films and video installations; in order to question the relation between subjectivities that are shaped by algorithms, seeking to rearticulate (historic) knowledge and cultural-economic realities.

The flow of information circulating in digital, algorithmic and real-time protocols around the globe serves as an ordering scheme for human knowledge. This “internet of things” is an invitation to the human intellect either to accept and participate or to refuse. How can practices of refusal and resistance be organised in order to offer a counter-hegemony to the total absorption of life into the ever-accelerating machine of capitalist abstraction? How can art contribute to invent a form of intellectual agency capable of affirming a social knowledge that affects the configuration of new relationships within a society of abstract singularities?

My work is an attempt to question the paradoxes and new potentialities of social cohesion in the dissolution of human agency today. Which forms of resistance emerge within the condition of the dissolution of labor? Which kinetic forms of practice could hold these new types of organisations together? If we perceive performance as agonistic moving, as per Chantal Mouffe’s “agonistic thinking”, do we think of labor as “agonistic performance”?