DR. LONA GAIKIS
*1982 in Toronto, Canada.
Lona Gaikis is a writer and blogger on art, culture and philosophy in Vienna. She is active as a curator and engaged with sub- and club cultures in music. In 2009, she founded the project and platform czirp czirp – experimental and sonic arts. Oscillating between experimental formats, dance music as well as sound art, this platform has showcased artists such as Aïsha Devi (CH), Islaja (FIN), Lucas Abela (AU) and Steve Roden (USA) i.a.
Freelance writer in art and philosophy i.a. for the exhibition "Double Lives: Visual Artists Making Music" (German) at mumok - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig.
2017 Doctorate Degree (Dr. Phil.) from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Tutored by Prof. Elisabeth von Samsonow, Fine Arts, Anthropology and Philosophy
Fellow of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Summer Term 2016
Reader of the course Towards a Philosophy of Sound at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Winter Term 2015/16
Co-Reader of the Lecture NEED ME? I AM SHAMAN. Art/ Cult/ Esoteric/ Pseudo-Science/ Epistemology with Prof. Elisabeth von Samsonow at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
2012 - 2015
Curator and Gallery management at Raimund Deininger Gallery, Vienna
Utrecht Summer School
Rosi Braidotti: Cultural Theory Beyond Negativity: The Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation
czirp czirp - experimental and sonic arts continues in Vienna
Jan 09 - May 11
Scientific Assistant at ZAK│Centre for Cultural and General Studies, Karlsruhe
Graduate in Applied Studies of Culture and Society at ZAK│Centre for Cultural and General Studies, Karlsruhe
Curatorial Assistant (Internship) at the ZKM│Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. Preparation and Realization of the exhibition
zwischen zwei toden - between two deaths curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin
2003 - 2009
University degree (Diploma and Master) from the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe. Prof. John Bock (2004-2009) and Prof. Günter Umberg (2003-2004)
Gaikis, Lona. “Der Klang des Einhorns: Ein Joker im Sprachspiel". German. In: Der Einhorn-Code. Markt und Mythos – Das Fabelwesen als Popstar (working title), Ed. Heinrich Dubel. Expected in 2018.
Susanne K. Langer’s Philosophy of Feeling: A “Hardcore” Process Thinker—Almost Undetected, International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh), XVIIth Symposium, Tsinghua University Beijing, China. Supported by the Austrian Research Society (ÖFG) and the Austrian Cultural Forum Beijing.
25.11.17.-07.01.2018 : #vaporfolk with Andreas Ervik (NO), Lona Gaikis (D/CA), Bernhard Garnicnig (AT), Zsofia Keresztes (HU), Angus McCullough (USA), Peter Moosgaard (AT)
Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz
"’I am scouting the possibility that rationality arises as an elaboration of feeling.’ Susanne K. Langer’s Scandalous Proposition in Twentieth Century Epistemology"
Public lecture at the Summer Reading School Feminism and the Philosophy of Science, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel
"Who said there was a Prison House?
The Ambiguity of Meaning and Why Art is not just a Form of Communication"
Society for Artistic Research (SAR), conference on WRITING. Presenter in the workshop Art, Philosophy, Writing and Speech led by Prof. Alva Noe (Berkeley), The Hague, NL