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) and Steve Roden (USA), Jasmine Guffond & Ilan Katin (USA/AUS) i. a.
Board member and curator of IMA – Institute of Media Archaeology (St. Pölten/Vienna).
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.
THE FUTURE WHISPERS: SUSANNE LANGER’S PHILOSOPHY
A collection of essays on new keys in thought from the works of philosopher Susanne Langer. Authors: Prof. Iris v. d. Tuin (University Utrecht), Prof. Eva Kit Wah Man (Baptist University Hong Kong), Prof. Randall Auxier (Southern Illinois University), Prof. Vera Bühlmann (TU Vienna), Eldritch Priest (Simon Fraser University), Christophe van Eecke, and more. Edited by Lona Gaikis
SONIC CELL | JULY–SEPTEMBER 2021
A mobile sound station to promote electronic musics. The SONIC CELL will conquer urban spaces in Vienna’s city district Hernals. In cooperation with Georg Wieser (x04x) and Gustavo Petek (smallforms)
DIGIDIC – SYSTEM CHANGE | 2021/22
Big Data, Platform Capitalism and Disruptive Industries in critical reflection. An exhibition project under the umbrella of IMA Institute for Media Archaeology
AESTHETICS FOR PROSTHETICS | 2021-2024
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 assessment in the field of medical engineering?”. This group and its endeavor links to the Angewandte Performance Lab (APL) at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna