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.
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.
SONIC CELL | AUGUST 12TH, 2021
A mobile sound station to promote electronic musics. SONIC CELL will conquer Vienna’s urban space at Schlesingerplatz 1080 with the artists Katharina Klement and Brigitta Bödenauer. In cooperation with Conny Zenk (RAD Performance) and Gustavo Petek (smallforms) for czirp czirp – sonic and experimental arts.
OCEANIC FEELING | JULY – SEPT 2021
Enter a stream of Oceanic Feeling with artists Benjamin Tomasi (AT), Yuzu (BGR) & TE-R (AT), Angélica Castelló (MX) & Meritxell Colell Aparicio (ES), Enrika Myskovskaja (LT) & Alexandra Maciá (ES) and Merja Kokkonen (FIN) & Felicity Mangan (AUS). An online project for czirp czirp – sonic and experimental arts. In collaboration with ISCM Austria.
CICADA GAMES | JUNE – OCTOBER 2021
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.
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: SUSANNE LANGER’S PHILOSOPHY
A collection of essays on new keys in 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. Bloomsbury, 2022.
DIGIDIC – SYSTEM CHANGE | 2022
Big Data, Platform Capitalism and Disruptive Industries in critical reflection. An exhibition project under the umbrella of IMA Institute of Media Archaeology
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