Iris Julia*n Gütler

Iris Julia*n Gütler

Iris Julia*n Gütler is a doctoral candidate, with her PhD being supported by the Department for Cultural Affairs, Science and Research Promotion (Vienna), and since 2019 associated with the research group Media and Participation. Working at the interface of cultural science and choreography, she has taught contemporary dance at the University of Vienna, where she graduated in art history (2005). Currently she gives guest lectures, for example at the University of Applied Arts (Vienna).

In her PhD project “Modes of Collaboration” she focuses on dance performances, whose common characteristic is experimenting with the possibilities of staging processes. These innovative forms of artistic practice are discussed as non-hierarchical working structures and related to orders of knowledge and hierarchies of socio-political and cultural fields.

Gütler investigates these staging techniques with regard to processes of participation on the basis of a research perspective that draws on connections between the socio-ontological figures of thought of the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and practice-theoretical approaches of sociology. This overall view, according to Gütler’s thesis, provides opportunities to observe relational structures encompassing different scales that can become effective as part of the staging processes for dance works. Through this approach, participation as it is perceivable in regard to contemporary dance will be elaborated at the aesthetic procedural level in relation to institutional and socio-political contexts.

The PhD is supervised by Prof. Dr. Sabeth Buchmann: University of Fine Arts (Vienna) and Prof. Dr. Elke Bippus, Zürich University of the Arts

Area of research:

  • social ontology
  • sociology
  • cultural sciences
  • co-authorship
  • organisational structure


Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Wien)


SP 5: Participatory Critique as Transforming and Transversal With

Email: iris [.] guetler [at ] student [.] akbild [.] ac [.] at


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