Michael Heindl

MichaelHeindl is one of our local artists currently using a studio space offered by studios das weisse haus in Hofbauergasse 9, 1120 Vienna.

Artist`s statement

“At the moment, I am particularly concerned with the social behavior emerging as a response to the gradual failure of modern visions of progress. Be it uncompromising adherence to the status quo or the total loss of confidence in authorities—the present situation results in the development of most different and individual methods of crisis management. This state serves as a forceful stimulus for my projects. What I am particularly interested in with regard to this are the contradictions and absurdities inherent in these tendencies. The fundamental questions I go further into are how the individual’s options for action may look like and how your own work affects the world around you. Specifically, I try to work with the structures that define spaces in order to question traditional patterns and conventions and find new possibilities to intervene into these. All in all, I think that physical space has always something to do with surveying it, setting it up, modifying it, and, although in most cases only temporarily, appropriating it.”


Born in 1988 in Linz. Workes and lives in Vienna, Austria.

since 2007 DieAngewandte Vienna, 2011 scholarship at NCAD Dublin, 2011 Fred Adelmüller scholarship, 2009 scholarship for summeracademy Salzburg /2013 “weatherreport”, das aeisse haus, Vienna (solo) /2013 “London/Vienna/Calling”, Mile End Art Pavillion, London (UK) /2013 “Maßnahmen zur Rettung der Welt”, <rotor>, Graz /2013 “A7”, Hafentor 7, Hamburg (DE) /2012 „(NO) Standing, Anytime“, Kunsthalle Lazarettgürtel, Graz /2012 „PACT Atelier“, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE) /2012 „again & again“, Kunsthalle Projectspace / 2011 „Applause“, Moxie Studios, Dublin, IRE



title image: Michael Heindl: “The same old story”, 2012,
Intervention, Video 5’23’’, Graz


Michael Heindl: “Following Piece”, 2013,
Intervention, Video, 4’28’’, Linz

For this Video, I fixed a hidden camera on the tail of a police car. My intention was it, to record all occurrances behind the vehicle. When the car moved off, I started to follow it on my bicycle. I could make it to chase it for about two kilometers. Then the car speeded up and disappeared from my view.


Michael Heindl: “Tree”, 2013,
Video, 4`10“, Vienna, Hamburg

First I lifted a tree in a Viennese park. Then I cut it into pieces to make the plant fit into common hand luggage. With this bag, I went to the airport and took the next best flight to Hamburg. After I have arrived there, I recomposed and replanted the tree on an appropriate site.