The INTERCULTURAL FORUM BAD HALL discusses issues at the intersection of social relevance, cultural studies and music. We would like to consider necessary cultural resources in order to oppose the frequently noticed and politically abused lack of alternatives, the proclaimed intensity of constraints, the hopelessness of a world full of crises and catastrophes. How to approach ‘The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time’ (Alexander Kluge)? Which theoretical ideas and practical experiments enable us to ease the hardships of the alleged facts? Which music can be the music of the future, facing the varied challenges and unreasonable demands of a highly asymmetrical global world? Through lectures, talks, and musical interventions around an annual theme the Forum tries to develop strategies for escaping and modifying. (Karin Harrasser/Enrst Theis)


Currently, there is much dispute about how politics has neglected the losers of worldwide economical development and now is being presented with the bill of political polarisation. What if arithmetic were not that easy? Which variables could be inserted into the calculation to finally prevent the political demand for strong identity and sovereignty, and to encourage a community of solidarity among mortals (Thomas Macho)? First ideas are included in Hannah Arendt’s concept of the exiled as world citizen, in considerations about minority as the power of renewal, but also in the early utopian concept, which due to the devastating suppression of the ‘New World’ insists on the common sentience and cogitation of all people as a basic political condition. The much criticised concept of empathy, liberated from a blurred pietism and accepted as historically accurate power, is the future.

Dr. Karin Harrasser

The Arts and Bad Hall – collecting sounds, creating resonance, reflecting together regardless of striving for harmony and consensus or not – in my opinion these link sound, art and science.

Karin Harrasser is currently Head of Department of Fine Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Art and Design Linz. 

After studying History and German Literature, Karin Harrasser received her PhD in 2005 at the University of Vienna, writing her thesis on Computerhystories: Narratives of Digital Cultures around 1984. In 2014, she habilitated at the Humboldt-University Berlin with her work on  Protheses: Figures of Damaged Modernity

Her fields of research are: Body, Self and Media Techniques, Processes of Temporalisation, Theories of Subjects and Objects, Popular Culture, Science Fiction, Gender and Agency, and Genres and Methodology of Cultural Studies/Cultural Theory. 

In addition to her work in scientific fields, Karin Harrasser has been involved in numerous curatorial projects, including ’The Undead: Life Sciences & Pulp Fiction’ for Kampnagel Hamburg, ‘Die Irregulären – Ökonomien des Abweichens’ for NGBK Berlin, and ‘Lures of Speculation’ at TQ Vienna. 

Together with Elisabeth Timm, Karin Harrasser is editor in chief of ‘Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften’ (Journal for Cultural Studies). Among her pivotal publications are:

• Prothesen: Figuren einer lädierten Moderne. Vorwerk8, Berlin, 2016 

• Körper 2.0. Über die technische Erweiterbarkeit des Menschen. Transcript, Bielefeld, 2013

Some important edited volumes include:

• with Susanne Roeßiger: Parahuman. Neue Perspektiven auf das Leben mit Technik, Köln, Weimar, Wien (Böhlau) 2016.

with Katja Rothe: Diätetiken des Schreibens. Rezepturen und Übungen. Mitterverlag, Wels, 2015

• with Lars Friedrich, Daniel Tyradellis, Joseph Vogl. Figuren der Gewalt. Diaphanes, Berlin/Zürich, 2014