Guest Artists and Invited Speaker

Maja Haderlap
majahaderlapMaja Haderlap, born in Železna Kapla/Eisenkappel, Carinthia, has long been an important voice from and for the Slovenian community in Austria. This role increased ten-fold when she was awarded the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis in July 2011 with her debut as an author of German prose at the Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur. The prize-winning novel, Engel des Vergessens, published in 2011 by Wallstein Press, was subsequently awarded the Bruno-Kreisky-Preis for the best political book and the Rauriser Literaturpreis in 2012. The novel is a moving account of a contemporary Slovenian family in Carinthia and how that area’s history has impacted on individuals’ lives. In addition to her novel, she has written several volumes of poetry, including Gedichte – Pesmi – Poems. Klagenfurt: Drava Verlag, 1998.


Ursula Hübner
Ursula Hübner studied stage design at the Mozarteum and painting at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna, where she was a student of Maria Lassnig. She has been a Professor für Malerei und Grafik at the Kunstuniversität in Linz since 1998. Her extensive oeuvre includes paintings, installations, and graphic design. She has also designed stage settings for plays by Wolfgang Bauer, Alan Bennett, Flann O’Brian, Gustave Flaubert as well as film sets for Kurt Palm. One of her most visible installations was the Triumphbogen der Kunst as part of the Triennale in Linz in 2010. She was been awarded numerous prizes, including the Preis für Bildende Kunst der Stadt Wien (2008) and the Internationaler Preis für Kunst und Kultur des Kulturfonds der Stadt Salzburg (2010).


Karl Markovics
In his professional life Karl Markovics has crossed many borders. He is a talented stage and television actor as well as a screen actor. He is perhaps best known to American audiences as Salomon “Sally” Sorowitsch in the Oscar-winning film The Conterfeiters (2007). In addition to the many Austrian movies he has starred in, he played a German physician in the Hollywood movie Unknown (2011) and a prisoner in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). In 2012, he debuted as a director with the award-winning film Atmen (Breathing), which deals with a young man in a correctional facility struggling with many internal and external borders. He is presently working on a new film, Superwelt, in which a supermarket employee meets God.

Karl Markovics will be joining us per Skype.


Diane Shooman
Diane Shooman, who will speak on the dance scene in Austria, received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown University in 1987, and taught at Oberlin College, Clark University and Skidmore College before moving to Vienna in 1990. She has been teaching the interdisciplinary seminar “Vergleiche künstlerischer Disziplinen” at the University of Art in Linz since 1998, and Humanities at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien since 1999. She was a Core Adjunct Faculty member of the Hollins University/ American Dance Festival MFA Program in Dance from Summer 2008 – Summer 2010. She writes book and catalogue texts on the visual arts, and authored the Q&A dance column “Fragen Sie Dr Shooman” for the Falter Zeitschrift, where she regularly publishes guest essays on dance. She has been a vocalist in the band “Chrono Popp und die Sorry Babies” since 2010, and debuted as a singer/songwriter in Spring 2014.