what happens when used machines start talking?

Lena Violetta Leitner 
invents, intervenes and cooperates. Her works are mostly created in close exchange with people from different fields. She is part of the collective OutSight and DTAFA (Danube Transformation Agency for Agency).

In 2017 she graduated from the Digital Arts program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with the foundation of the “Integration Center for Migrated Plants” (IZMP). Since then, she has been fascinated by plants and their socio-political dimension – addressing the connections between science (especially biology), language and society in her work with irony, humor and speculative fabulation.

Lena Violetta Leitner has exhibited at Venice Biennale Sessions, State of Concept Athens, das weisse haus, Neue Galerie Graz, Ars Electronica, Museum Ulm, Galerie U10 and VBKÖ, among others. In 2022 with DTAFA she received two “Ö1 – Fixing the Future” awards. In 2022 she was awarded the start scholarship for media art.

exhibitions

2022

Delphi 2.0 : Phyto-Pythia
Solo Exhibition
Mz* Baltazar’s Lab (AT)
23.09. – 21.10.

The Danube Sea – NOVI SAD 22 (RS) – European Capital of Culture 2022
How to become an island? as DTAFA

Lehartheater, Bad Ischl (AT)
WÜST MI PFLANZ’N? Experimentier-Werkstätte
Exhibition as Kollektiv OutSight in the frame of the Artist Residency auf! auf!

Lehartheater, Bad Ischl (AT)
PFLANZ’N
Composition and performance as Kollektiv OutSight

Athens Digital Arts Festival  (GR)
woodiana.today

State of Concept Athens (GR)
Where is the river? (residency research outcome of the Artist Residency Land Steiermark)

VBKÖ, Vienna (AT)
Lost. Element. Re-construction of the Witch.
13.01. – 13.02.

AA Collections, Vienna (AT)
BILLAA++
13.12. – 29.01.

2021

AA Collections, Vienna (AT)
BILLAA++
13.12. – 29.01.2022

Gallery SULUV, Novi Sad (RS)
May I introduce: Alien
25.10. – 05.11.

Improper Walls, Vienna (AT)
Hospitable Utopia
08.09. – 24.09.

Fabrikraum, Vienna (AT)
May I introduce: Alien(express)!
10.09. – 19.09.

Museum for Science and Technology, Belgrade (RS), Ars Electronica 
woodiana.today bei art+science2021
23.09. – 23.10.

Museum Ulm, Ulm (DE)
Kunstreichgewächse – Bitte gießen!
24.07. – 17.10.

Gallery Reflektor, Užice (RS)
Hospitable Utopia

das möbel & online, Vienna (AT)
Real Stories

2020

Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna (AT)
May I introduce: Alien
www.mayiintroduce-alien.com

auftakt festival für szenische texte, Cologne (DE)
Die Chor

Gallery Die Schöne, Vienna (AT)
Die Geburt des Museums der Migration – IZMP Showroom

AA Collections, Vienna (AT)
Light at the end of the tunnel

2019

Neue Galerie Graz (AT)    
Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark für zeitgenössische bildende Kunst 2019 

EHESS Paris (FR)
Study Days 2019 – Green Aliens Under The Microscope. Lecture Performance.

Botanical Gardens Graz (AT) 
Solo Exhibition

2018

THE ESSENCE, Vienna (AT)    

Heldinnenzentrale, Vienna (AT)
Schlage Wurzeln, Verwurzle dich nicht (A Lovesong) with Maria Hera

2017

AA Collections, Vienna (AT)
CORPOREAL, Trio Exhibition with Andrea Palašti and Paloma Tendero

Wittgensteinhaus, Vienna (AT)
Vergessene Frauen – Hammerherrinnen (soundperformance and installation with Ela A. Sattler) 

Gallery U10, Belgrade (SRB)
Hacking the Network, Trio Exhibition with Maria Hera and Sejma Ferré

2016

Gallery Trebinje (BiH)
TV16

Amonhaus, Lunz am See (AT) Viertelfestival
Performance as Kollektiv OutSight

2015

Friday Exit, Vienna (AT)
I can’t connect at all – collective show Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory & Kollektiv OutSight

Mz Baltazar’s Laboratory, Vienna (AT)
Daily Diet – Duo Exhibition with Sejma Ferré

Redcarpet Showroom, Vienna (AT)
Tatorte – Solo Exhibition with Nora Staggl as Living Skirts

2014

Kunstverein Baden (AT)
pigons, manifests and more 

Nationalgallery Mala Stanice, Skopje (MKD)
Obsession – Exhibition and residency as Kollektiv OutSight

das weisse haus, Vienna (AT)
Contemporaries of the near future

2013

Biennale Sessions Giardini, Venedig (IT)
Vertikal 

das weisse haus, Vienna (AT)
digital frictions 

2012

New Zero Art Gallery, Yangon (MYA)
Myanmar Multimedia Festival

2010

City Museum, Skopje (MKD)
White Night 

City Museum, Graz (AT)
photo biennale 

publicationS

“TREMATE” in Zine COAPPARATION I, II, III, ed. Claudia Reiche, Andrea Sick, thealit Bremen (2022)

Interview postcoronal Podcast (2020)

“Sprachlabor. Benimmkurs.”, LANDSTRICH Nr. 35 (2019)

Ausstellungstext für KulturKontakt Austria (2019)

Text for HERstory, KulturKontakt Austria (2018)

“Hammerherrin”, art book with E.A. Sattler (2018)

“Protokoll”, in Von Fluchten und Wiederfluchten (Hg. Artur Nickel), Geest-Verlag (2017)

“Eisen”, LANDSTRICH Nr.33 (2017)

“Entrinnerung”, Inszenierte Projekte, Edition Selene (2013)

“Clean Art”, Portable Exhibtion (Hg. Sejma Ferré) (2013)

residencies

2022
State of Concept Athens (GR) (grant by Land Steiermark)
Novi Sad (European Capital of Culture) with DTAFA

2021
Gallery Reflektor, Užice (RS)

2017
Land Steiermark / Come on, Lunz am See

2016
Viertelfestival, Lunz am See

2015
Friday Exit as Kollektiv OutSight

2014
Nationalgallery Mala Stanica, Skopje as Kollektiv OutSight
In Parallel – Graz & Sarajevo

awards, grants

2022
Start Scholarship Media Art (BMKÖS)

Ö1 awards “Fixing the Future” (with DTAFA)

Atelier grant, Styria

2020
Working grant, city of Vienna

2019
Working grant in the frame of the Promotional Prize for Contemporary Fine Art, Styria

2018
Mediaprize WIG, Vienna 
with Maria Hera and FEM

 

COLLECTIVES

2021/22 “Danube Transformation Agency for Agency”

founding member Kollektiv OutSight

2020/21 Question me & answer

female* artist index

VBKOE member