Lona Gaikis (*1982 Toronto, Canada) is a freelance writer, curator and assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Austria) where she offers lectures and seminars on current debates in philosophy, society, and the arts. She regularly contributes as an author to exhibition catalogs, journals, and anthologies (ORCID).
She obtained her doctoral degree (Dr. Phil.) in Philosophy, Art and Cultural Studies from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2017. Her research focused on the “new key” in the American philosopher Susanne K. Langer and the meaning of music in artistic practice.
Her commitment to research and academia is complemented by a curatorial engagement with media art and music sub-cultures. In 2009, she founded the project and platform czirp czirp – experimental and sonic arts. Oscillating between experimental formats and dance music, this initiative has showcased various international artists in electronic musics and sound art such as Aïsha Devi (CH), Bergsonist (USA/MAR), EVITCELES (BGR), Islaja (FIN), Lucas Abela (AU), Steve Roden (USA), or Jasmine Guffond and Ilan Katin (USA/AUS) among others.
Member of media artist collective #vaporfolk with Peter Moosgaard and Bernhard Garnicnig. Artistic research and media didactic workshops revolving consumer culture, branding, pseudo-science and pseudo-cultures.
CICADA GAMES | 2021-2023
An ASMR audio play designed as an Augmented Reality App for czirp czirp – sonic and experimental arts
Artist: Claire Tolan (USA/D). Curator: Lona Gaikis. Graphics: Milena Georgieva. Download from here.
PHANTOM LAB | SEPTEMBER 24TH 2021
Our aim is to reveal and reflect upon the psycho-physical phantoms that haunt technologies connected to the human body. This research is conducted by performance artist Barbis Ruder, industrial designer Walter Lunzer (Ottobock Healthcare Products) and the philosopher Lona Gaikis. Held at PRACTICE(!)WEEK, 20.09. – 24.09.2021, University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Gaikis, Lona. Thinking with Susanne Langer: Sonar Entanglements with the Nonhuman. Open Philosophy 4, no. 1 (DeGruyter, 2021): 149–61. doi:10.1515/opphil-2020-0170.
THE FUTURE WHISPERS: THE BLOOMSBURY HANDBOOK OF SUSANNE K. LANGER
A collection of essays on new keys in the works of philosopher Susanne K. Langer. Authors: Vera Bühlmann (TU Vienna), Eva Kit Wah Man (Baptist University Hong Kong), Brian Massumi (University of Montreal), Eldritch Priest (Simon Fraser University), Christophe van Eecke, Iris v. d. Tuin (University of Utrecht), and more. Edited by Lona Gaikis. Bloomsbury, 2022.
TOWARDS AN AESTHETICS FOR PROSTHETICS | 2022-2025
Lona Gaikis is the philosopher in the research group Aesthetics for Prosthetics along with performance artist Barbis Ruder and industrial designer Walter Lunzer (Ottobock Healthcare Products). We ask, “What haunts quantitative evaluation and qualitative assessment in the field of medical engineering?”. This group and its endeavor are linked to the Angewandte Performance Lab (APL) at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna