Mechtild Widrich
former postdoc


– Session Chair, College Art Association (CAA) Annual Meeting, "The Countermonument––30 Years Later" (together with Kirk Savage), Chicago, February 14, 2014.

– Session Chair, Performance Studies International conference, Stanford University
"Delays: The History of the “Now”", June 27-29, 2013.

– Concept and organization, "Utopia’s Return? Borderlines, Agency and Transformation in Global Art and Architecture". Part of the first annual meeting of the Art and Architecture History Assembly, AAHA, ETH Zurich, May 2-3, 2013.

– Concept and organization, "Presence/Präsenz", Workshop and Conference, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich (together with Philip Ursprung), February 1-2, 2013.

– Performance Studies International conference, University of Leeds
Co-chair Panel "The Industry of Performance Studies", June 28-30, 2012.

–Concept and organization, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
"Whose Participation. Spaces of Interaction in Contemporary Art and Architecture" (together with Martino Stierli), December 16-17, 2011.

–Session Chair, Association of Art Historians (AAH), Annual Conference, University of Warwick
„Ugliness as challenge to art history” (together with Andrei Pop), March 31-April 1, 2011.


– Department of Architecture, Princeton University, PhD Forum lecture, "Performative Architecture", February 2015 (invited).

– MKL Skopje, within the project "City Creative Networks". "World Spirit on Horseback. Monuments, Politics, and Disenchantment", September 2014 (invited).

– Department of Architecture, Ghent University, April 1, 2014 (invited).

– School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "From the Precarious to the Photographic Monument", February 27, 2014 (invited).

– Danish Institute Rome, Spacing Performance Workshop, "Performative Monuments," January 7-9, 2014 (invited).

– Institute of Art History, University of Vienna, December 14, 2013 (invited).

– Critical Issues in Public Art Fund, Oslo, “Performative Monuments,” December 12, 2013 (invited).

- University Zurich, Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Colloquium, December 4, 2013 (invited).

- Future Cities Lab, Singapore, Conference "Mobilities of Design: Transnational Transfers in Asian Architecture and Urban Planning, 1960-Present", November 20-22, 2013.

- Conference of the Society of Austrian Art Historians, "Contemporary National Museums as global geographies of the city",Vienna, November 9, 2013.

– University of Applied Arts, Lectures Series Art-Research-Gender, Vienna, October 16, 2013.

– Art in Public Space Basel Initiative, “The Good and the Public” (Input lecture, invited by Raumlabor Berlin), August 22, 2013.

– Stanford University, Performance Studies International conference. "Diller&Scofidio's Notary Rotary and Performative Architecture," June 28, 2013.

– PhD. Seminar Prof. Michael Osman, UCLA, Department of Architecture, June 26, 2013.
Title: „Participation and Institutions".

– University of Bremen, Confernce: Pavilions, June 7./8., 2013 (invited).

– Amsterdam University Theatre, Conference "Event in Practice", "Event as History?", March 28, 2013.

– University of Florida, Gainesville, Forum lecture
Title: "Delegate Architecture", February 18, 2013 (invited)

– Guest lecture seminar Prof. Joyce Tsai, "Viennese Actionism", February 18, 2013.

– College Art Association (CAA) conference, New York
Title: "The Tensed Object of Performance", February 16, 2013.

– Conference "How to Identify with Difference? Doing Art in the Public Realm," Vienna, January 30, 2013 (invited).

– American University Cairo, Forum lecture
Title: "Being There: Space––Time––Peformance", December 3, 2012 (invited).

– Jane Rendell in conversation with Mechtild Widrich (within the course Lehrcanapé by Prof. Philip Ursprung), ETH Zurich, November 29, 2012.

–Institut für Kunstgeschichte Berne, Conference: "Künstlerische Konzepte des Immateriellen seit der Frühen Neuzeit"
Title: "Invisible Enemies: Valie EXPORT's Diagrammatic Analysis of Power", November 23, 2012.

–Department of Architecture, Princeton University, Conference: "Performing Architecture", respondent, October 13, 2012 (invited).

–University of Copenhagen, Colloquium: "In/Visibilities"
Title: "I'll be Your Mirror. Between Urbanism and Voyeurism in Public Art", June 21-22, 2012 (invited).

– Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris. Conference: "The Monument in Question"
Title: "The Willed and the Unwilled Monument: Judenplatz Vienna", June 7-8, 2012.

– Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Public Workshop: "The Functions of Art in Urban Public Space", Respondent, May 18, 2012 (invited).

– ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture, Workshop Talks Series
Title: "Of Artists who Plant Trees and Museums that Want to be Parks", November 7, 2011 (invited).

– Planungswerkstatt Vienna
Title: "Wieviel Zeit braucht Kunst im öffentlichen Raum?", October 20, 2011 (invited).

– Performance Studies International conference, Utrecht University
Title: „Death, Outrage and Experience. The distributed performances of Santiago Sierra“, May 25-28, 2011.

– College Art Association (CAA) conference, New York
Title: “Architecture––Power––Performance: Marina Abramovic’s Freeing the Horizon, 1973”, February 9, 2011.

– December 2010, Freie Universität Berlin. Conference: Authentizität/Wiederholung
Title: "Präsenz—Schichtung—Monument: Marina Abramovics Retrospektive The Artist is Present".

– June 2010, Performance Studies International conference, Ontario School of Arts and Design (OCAD), Toronto
Title: “Time, Photography, and the Public of Performance: A Case Study of Viennese Actionism”.

– April 2010, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Research in Progress Talk
Title: “Monuments for the Future. The German Contribution to the 1976 Venice Biennial” (invited).

– February 2010, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Gallery Talk
Title: “Byron Kim’s Synecdoche, 1991-”.

– April 2008, Jewish Museum Vienna, Evening Lecture Series
Title: “Performative Gedächtnisstrategien” (Performative Strategies of Memory) (invited).

– June 2007, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen/University of Bremen, Germany, conference Blind Date: Zeitgenossen
Title: “Re-Performance: Da Capo oder Zugabe?” (invited).

– April 2007, Research in Progress Conference, Harvard University—MIT
Title: “Performance After the Fact”.

– April 2007, Association of Art Historians (AAH), Annual Conference, Belfast, Ireland
Title: “Can Photographs Make it So? Three Outbreaks of Valie Export’s Genital Panic 1969-2005”
– Also given at the Bodily Proof graduate student conference, Humanities Center, Harvard University.

– April 2006, Popular Culture Association (PCA), National Conference, Atlanta, GA
Title: “Hitler’s Path to Great Germany. A Collection of Cigarette Cards”.

– April 2005, Research in progress series, Stata Center, MIT
Title: “Subcultural Spaces. Art and Interface”.