Philipp Sattler is a researcher, artist, and writer with a background in Architecture, Construction Design and Economics, as well as English and American Studies. He is Assistant Professor at IZK - Institute for Contemporary Art, Faculty of Architecture, Graz University of Technology, and a PhD student at the Royal College of Art, School of Architecture, London. He is researching the conditions and interactions of agriculture, property, law, fascism and colonialism on the European soil and works with performative formats of exhibiting. He is co-convener of the latest iterations of the IZK Theory Lecture Series that brings positions of contemporary art and architecture to the Graz art scene and an interested public.
Sattler was a researcher and production assistant for Exhibiting on a Trowel’s Edge. Research and investigative processes of Aflenz Memorial in becoming (2018), by artist Milica Tomić, at steirischer herbst’18 - Volksfronten festival. He was co-convener, organizer, and moderator of the conference Life of Crops: Towards an Investigative Memorialization (2019) in the framework of the Aflenz Memorial in Becoming project, where he is a freelance project coordinator and researcher. He has been awarded the Mind the Gap - Award for Gender and Diversity Special Prize for his Master thesis “Portrait of the Bauer. On Architecture and Agronomy of Property”, 2020.
Sattler is also a founding member of Sans Souci Collective (SSC), which established itself as a research-based collective addressing the permanent state of global war using exhibiting as a method of investigation. The collective constructs spatial formats for exposure of complex knowledges which develops further with each exhibition.
Sattler has exhibited internationally and held performances individually, as member of the Sans Souci Collective, and with diverse collaborators. Selected works: The Bauer. On the production of property and agriculture (Oeverwerk, 2020); Aflenz – Encoding Knowledge into Space (Kunsthaus Graz, 2019); Bauern are Fascists (Graz University of Technology, 2019); Steirer Land (Graz University of Technology, 2019); Landscape that Remembers (MNAC - The National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, SSC, 2018); Landschaft die sich erinnert (Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, SSC, 2018); Library of the Absurd (Haus der Architektur, 2018); Library of the Absurd – A VR experience (Kunsthaus Graz, 2017); Sans Souci (Malta Festival Poznan, SSC, 2017); Sans Souci (Haus der Architektur, 2017).