Ruth Mateus-Berr
Ruth Mateus-Berr is Professor for Art and Design Education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, an artist and researcher in Design at the Institute for Art and Society and is head of the Department of Art, Design, and Textile Didactics at the Institute for Art Sciences and Art Education. She has published several articles and books contributing to the fields of art and design, arts and design-based research, inter-/transdisciplinarity, health and education. She was educated as a secondary school teacher in art education and history, politics, and social studies, and holds a diploma in art therapy. She has held numerous lectures and workshops, and exhibited her artworks all over the world.

Cornelia Bast
Cornelia Bast is an artist, social designer and art-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She graduated from a Higher Biochemistry School, worked as a midwife at the University Clinic Vienna and earned a BA in Applied Arts and Design Communication and an MA in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work oscillates between art, design and public performative interventions. She sees art and design primarily as media for social communication. Working in cooperation with non-profit institutions deepen insight into problems and strengthen the impact of her work. She is on the editorial board of dérive – Radio for Urban Research, and has presented her work at various international conferences.

Antonia Eggeling
Antonia Eggeling is a designer and arts- and design-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She earned a BA in Industrial Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts and a MA in Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She also holds a certificate in Cultural Management. She specializes in societal participation, inclusion, aging, and individuals with special needs. An important part of her work is the participation of target groups in creative processes. She has presented her work at various international conferences and exhibitions.

Elisabeth Haid
Elisabeth Haid studied art history and architecture in Innsbruck and Madrid. She works on architectural, curatorial and interdisciplinary artistic projects and is a research associate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work combines theoretical and practical approaches, exploring speculative ideas and tackling socio-cultural and environmental issues in the realms of architecture, urban studies and art. She has participated in exhibitions internationally and published various texts regarding architecture, contemporary art and urban studies. Her work has been recognized by multiple awards and scholarships. In 2015 she co-founded Kunstverein EXTRA.

Pia Scharler
Pia Scharler is a designer based in Vienna and Milan. She studied Industrial and Graphic Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 2009 she has been working for and with the Italian-Swiss design studio Walking-Chair. In 2011, she won the BrotherWin Award, an international competition dealing with preventing the desert from spreading further into Beijing. From 2011 until 2012 she studied abroad at Tongji University in Shanghai. Her industrial design diploma focused on sign language in education and on service design for children and their surroundings. Her diploma in graphic design dealt with a global view of art education, the structure of the university, and its TouchUp and AddOns. In 2014, her poster designs for the NOWOW cinema were selected as among the best 100 from Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Her focus is on surfaces with a haptic approach. She currently is the Creative Director of a number of magazines, one of them being the Vienna-based magazine Fleisch. Together with Gerhard Jordan she founded

Tatia Skhirtladze
is art educater ( and visual artist (MA) focussing on side-specific artistic works that evolve over long periods of time. She is working in the field of artistic research / film, she teaches video at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and is the co.founder of SuK – buero for cultural implication.