Current Team

Peter Mörtenböck / Director

Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture at TU Wien and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His current work focuses on urban speculation, global resource consumption and new data publics. He is also developing new research around the notion of “Building Capital” – how architecture’s capacity to both materialise and signify the production of value is being enlisted in the creation of new geographies of investment. Mörtenböck has held several visiting professorships in visual culture, fine art, cultural and media studies and has served as an external advisor and examiner at numerous universities and art schools. He is the founding director of the Visual Culture Unit of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the Vienna University of Technology, the first of its kind at architecture schools in the German speaking world. Together with Helge Mooshammer he is currently working on three major book publications – the edited volumes Data Publics: Public Plurality in an Era of Data Determinacy and Incorporating Informality as well as the monograph Building Capital: Urban Speculation and the Architecture of Finance.


Helge Mooshammer / Director

Helge Mooshammer is an architect and theorist based at TU Wien and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has initiated numerous international research projects around questions of (post-)capitalist economies and urban informality. Mooshammer has a track record of two decades of independent research on contemporary spatial and cultural dynamics and ten years as director of international research projects. He has been principal investigator of the FWF-funded research “Relational Architecture” (2006-09), “Other Markets” (2010-15) and “Incorporating Informality” (2018-2022), pursuing basic research into the changing valuation of informal urbanism from peripheral phenomenon to key market interest. In 2008, he was awarded a research fellowship at the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies (IFK) Vienna, during which he studied migrant community markets in Vienna and Budapest. His research on informal markets dates back to his participation in the EC-funded project “Networked Cultures” (2005-08, led by Prof Mörtenböck at Goldsmiths, University of London) which focussed on the role of cultural relations in periods of political and economic deregulation.
His book publications together with Peter Mörtenböck include, amongst others, Visual Cultures as Opportunity (Sternberg 2016), Informal Market Worlds: The Architecture of Economic Pressure (with Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, nai010 Publishers 2015), Occupy: Räume des Protests (transcript 2012) as well as the forthcoming Building Capital: Urban Speculation and the Architecture of Finance.

Christian Frieß / Researcher

Christian Frieß is an architect, artist and researcher trained at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology, where he currently is Project Assistant (FWF) at the Visual Culture Unit.
His multidisciplinary practice spans from the architectural design of the Soundstudio Lobby in the Semperdepot in Vienna, the critical design project Vierzig Morgen at the memorial site Mauthausen to the graphic poem Away from there (Luftschacht Verlag 2015). He co-founded the working group Das Kollektiv and the society Korona Mai – Verein zur Förderung einer interdisziplinären Auseinandersetzung mit der gebauten Umwelt.

Carmen Lael Hines / Researcher

Carmen Lael Hines is a writer, artist and researcher working in video, text and installation. She is currently working as the curatorial assistant for the upcoming project: “Platform Austria” at the 17th Venice Architectural Biennale. Carmen completed her BA in English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford and her MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, The University of London. She is interested in issues of scale, communication and re-production. She has exhibited her work UNA festival(The University of Glasgow), Grow Tottenham(London) and the Dolphin Gallery(Oxford), and is the founder of GILT, a collaborative editorial project exploring questions of communicating Catholic Guilt in palpable form. She has written for and worked with publications/organisations including: iD magazine, the ISIS magazine, The Filmmaker’s Cooperative, The Mays Anthology, Common Ground Oxford, Empower her Voice, The Villager, and Polyester Zine.