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 catalogues, 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 musical sub-cultures and club 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) and Steve Roden (USA) i.a.
Board member of IMA – Institute of Media Archaeology
Member of media artist collective #vaporfolk with Peter Moosgaard and Bernhard Garnicing. Artistic research and media didactic workshops revolving consumer culture, branding, pseudo-science and pseudo-cultures.
CLUB RADIOKOJE virtual 2020 | June 27. – Sept. 15. 2020
An all-season and post-pandemic online experience via www.czirpczirp.cc. Artists: Wechselstrom (AT), Das Erste Ottakringer Blockflötengewitter (AT), Arnold Haberl (AT), Alois Yang (TW/D), Alex Zehetbauer (AT/USA), Jasmine Guffond (AUS) and Ilan Katin (USA).
THE FUTURE WHISPERS:
SUSANNE LANGER’S ARCHAEOLOGY OF MIND
A book project that excavates the visionary in Susanne Langer’s philosophical work and its influence on later generations of thinkers and beyond.