© Ulli Koch
We are an open group addressing social issues through an artistic and interdisciplinary approach. The aim of Blind Date Collaboration is to create situations, make spaces and find strategies on (site) specific and context-based problematics. We believe in unexpected collaborations! In the sense of a 'conflictual participation' we understand collaboration (as opposed to cooperation) as a form of working together that allows different interests in one place.
We come from different cultural and professional backgrounds and are convinced that it is essential to confront our own practice with the previously unknown - be it working methods, languages, or thematic interests. Moreover we figure it important to use the 'symbolic capital of art' for counter political struggles.
The structure of our collective practice is based on the reflexion on a specific topic and context for each work. These can take on different forms ranging from theatrical performances, urban interventions, (sound-)installations and films, to publications, discussion and concert series, exhibitions and festivals etc.
(Working Languages: English, German, Spanish, French)
Alisa Beck is an art historian and cultural worker focusing on urban research and action, and experimental formats in performance and music. She studied art history and cultural studies at University of Vienna and Université Paris-Sorbonne. As a research assistant she is working in the field of contemporary art (currently University of Applied Arts Vienna). She published texts in "ALL-OVER. Magazine for Art and Aesthetics“ (Basel/Vienna) and "Perspectives" (Guggenheim, New York). Her practice includes programme conception and dramaturgy, production and communication. She was part of the artistic direction team at the artist-run space mo.ë (Vienna, 2014-2017). Together with Gustavo Petek she is running smallforms, a platform for contemporary forms of music (Vienna, since 2018). Currently she is chairwoman of IG Kultur Wien and will be part of the artistic direction team of echoraum with Sara Zlanabitnig (Vienna, 2022).
Anna Hirschmann studied visual communication at HFBK (Hamburg) and Art and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 2015 she published the book "Wer geht leer aus? Plädoyer für eine andere Leerstandspolitik". She worked as a production assistant for the documentary film "Das Fieber" from 2014 to 2017 and as dramaturg and production manager at Schauspielhaus Wien in the season 2019/2020. In 2020 she completed her first documentary film. www.annahirschmann.info
Marie-Christin Rissinger, studied Psychology (BA) at the University of Vienna and Social Design (MA) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her practice includes art, curating, crafting and producing as much as political and theoretical contentions. Her artistic medium is communication. By using performative strategies her works creating situations of negotiation, some of which are articulated in public- some in the theater-space. In 2015 she received a START scholarship (Federal Chancellery Austria). Her works are shown at festivals such as transeuropa (Hildesheim, 2015), urbanize! (Wien, 2016), Britney X (Köln, 2016), Wiener Festwochen (2017) or Donaufestival (Krems, 2018). From December 2015 - Mai 2017 she was part of the the artistic direction team at the artist-run space mo.ë. www.marie-christin-rissinger.com
Frida Robles studied History and Communications (BA) at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico and Social Design (MA) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In her working practice she focuses on the construction of the self; analyzing personal memories and stories. She was part of an artistic urban research projects “Lubunga(mode)” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Studios Kabako) and “Staging Apam” in Ghana (Haduwa Culture Center). She developed a project about romantic love with the FONCA Young Creators Scholarship (2015-2016) and was recently a fellow and artist in residency at Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal. Her creative essays have been published in various Mexican magazines such as Fractal and Iconica. https://fridarobles.wordpress.com
Brigitte Schima, works as a stage and costume designer in state theaters and in the independent scene. Work selection: 2020 “Der Zinnsoldat und die Papiertänzerin” (R:Mia Constantine) at Burgtheater, 2020 "Candide", 2019 “Operette”, 2018 "West Side Story" (R: Philipp Rosendahl) at Staatstheater Kassel. 2019 "Burning Dresses/in decent times" (R: Elisa Hoffmann, Constantin Hochkäppl) at Maschinenhaus Essen. 2019 "Wasted" (Collective Morosis) at WerkXPetersplatz. 2018 "Nora" (R: Laura N. Junghanns) at HLTM. 2019 "Die Orestie" (R: Philipp Rosendahl) at Nationaltheater Mannheim. www.brigitteschima.com
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Konstantin Wolf - Currently on maternity leave
He studied Visual Communications and Cultural Studies in Weimar, New York and Zurich and holds a Diploma in Design from Bauhaus University Weimar. His theoretical and practical focus is on socio-political design, social innovation and participatory processes. He worked as a graphic and service designer in Vienna and as a lecturer, publisher and symposium curator at Bauhaus University Weimar. He co-founded the Conscious Fintech Meetup Berlin and currently works as a consultant and project manager at participation agency Zebralog. Konstantin lives and works in Bonn and Luxembourg. www.konstantinwolf.com
mo.ë († 31.05.2017)
Garnisongasse 7 († 31.12.2017)
kitchen - Zentrum der Tat (*01.06.2018)