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Noordung in Vienna, ORF 3

My new film Noordungs Wien  (engl., 20 min., 2018) is broadcast on Austrian TV ORF 3 on Sept. 9th!
Humans have thought about future life in outer space for over a century. One of the first detailed plans for an actual space station has been designed in Vienna in the 1920s, a period perhaps unsettling close to today’s political and social situation.


Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, sixpackfilm & Drehli Robnik

Now that my film “Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies” is being distributed by sixpackfilm it also got a proper intro-text. And it’s wonderfully written by film theorist & essayist Drehli Robnik, who (with ease) added some more layers of interpretation to the film. Hooray!

Ralo Mayer´s film deals with the oikos – with the house that is wanted, and therefore home, and haunted, and therefore not a home. In the absence of a foundational nature and in the presence of various post-human bodies – both more insistent than existent in their traces and remains –, we see oikos´ ecology turn into hauntecology. It´s all a matter of being together; which begs the question: with whom? (Continued)

Return to Spaceship Earth

presenting a new work in the double show Return to Spaceship Earth at Salonul de proiecte in Bucharest.


Return to Spaceship Earth
24.5. – 18.6.2017
Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, Ralo Mayer
curated by Alexandra Croitoru & Ștefan Tiron

Salonul de proiecte
23-25 Ion Brezoianu, Bucharest


N 48° 11′ 47.038″ O 16° 21′ 59.259″

I’m part of this group show at Christine König Galerie in Vienna with my video Warum sehen wir das Bild der Erde so oft (dass wir es gar nicht mehr sehen)?


PAYER GABRIEL + N 48° 11’ 47.038″ O 16° 21’ 59.259″
6.5. – 17.6.2017
Christine König Galerie
Schleifmuehlgasse 1A, 1040 Vienna

with works by:
Andreas Duscha, Dona Jalufka, Kernel, Ralo Mayer, Valentin Ruhry and Björn Schülke


“Phantastischer Kapitalismus”

Showing a video and print from my series Space Post Colonialism at

Phantastischer Kapitalismus
29. 4 – 2. 6. 2017
Sonnenfelsgasse 6, 1010 Vienna

With Halil Altindere, Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann, Laura Horelli, Sven Johne, Johanna & Helmut Kandl, Pia Lanzinger, Ralo Mayer, Karina Nimmerfall, Oliver Ressler, Isa Rosenberger, Christoph Schäfer, Kamen Stoyanov, Moira Zoitl, Cinéma Copains, Etcétera



How Steve Bannon wrecked a world well before he went for this one

Here’s an incomplete recollection of what I’ve come to know about the involvement of Steve Bannon in Biosphere 2. While fragmentary and most probably also incorrect in some details, I hope this adds some important layers on the story that I haven’t seen in other articles. It’s a subjective view of related events before the background of my meandering artistic research on the experiment’s history, which is a billion times richer and more inspiring than this telling, yet awful sideline. I highly welcome all comments, corrections, and further discussions, needless to say.



E.T.E. — Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, the Undergrowth

Together with Claudia Slanar I have organized the symposium “Propulsion: On Changing Futures” at the Department of Site-Specific Art, University of Applied Arts Vienna.
See the full program and details here.

Along fabulous presentations by Alice Gorman, Douglas Murphy, Vera Tollmann and Saskia Vermeylen, I talked about E.T.E. — Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, the Undergrowth.


Space Post Colonialism at Antenna Futura, Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Showing parts of my work Space Post Colonialism at the show Antenna Futura – Futurological Exercises for the Unknown



Paper on Space and Ecology, Acta Astronautica

After my presentation at the 66th International Astronautical Congress in 2015, my paper Beyond the Blue Marble: Artistic research on space and ecology has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Acta Astronautica.
It discusses my research on Biosphere 2 and 1970s’ Space Settlements in relation to contemporary ecological concepts, the Anthropocene and object-oriented theories. The paper’s publication coincides beautifully with the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the first mission inside Biosphere 2 on September 26th, 1991. A toast to all Biospherians – past, present and future!

The published paper is available here, or get a free draft version through this link.



Space Post Colonialism at X AND BEYOND

Shared etymological futures of revolution and disaster
(Silizium, Sequoias, Schwindel: SPACE POST COLONIALISM)
10.12.2015 – 24.1.2016


Griffenfeldsgade 27
2200 København N


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