DARV Art&Tech Workshop 

Interface Cultures Department, Kunstuniversität Linz
9th of December 2021. Duration 3 hours.
14th of January 2022, Presentation of students' projects.

The key intention of this workshop is the creation of artistic concepts and narratives for AR/ MR experiences and performative interventions in public spaces. At the same time, we would explore together the potential for social engagement and public participation in these kind of projects. A starting point for reflection would be DARV projects examples involving socially inspired concepts related to migrant and queer topics. We would discuss about possible public spaces in Linz for conceiving site-specific AR/ MR experiences and performative interventions. We suggest as conceptually interesting those public spaces serving for transition from one point to another (e.g. bridges, stairways, elevators, etc).

The students will be given the opportunity to use the DARV Augmented Reality application in order to realise their projects.

The workshop would focus on connecting the real and virtual world utilising Augmented Reality to merge different artistic expressions in an experience of intermedia oneness.

Workshop schedule (on demand):

9th of December 2021, 10:15 - 13:15 h

14th of January 2022, 10:15 - 13:15 h

More information about DARV & Team

DARV is a series of projects initiated by an international team of artists, interaction designers and software developers based in Linz, Austria. Realised in the context of close collaboration between art and technology, this endeavour connects media art, site-specific installations and contemporary dance, using the means of mixed reality and interactive video projections. Artistic concepts are transformed into Mixed Reality exhibitions, performative interventions in public spaces or intermedia dance performances, offering an experience of intermedia oneness to participating artists and audience alike.

DARV core team: Mihaela Kavdanska (Media and Interactive Art), Violeta Ivanova (Conceptual Art) and Florian Weinrich (Interaction Design and Software Development).

Mihaela Kavdanska works as an intermedia artist, creative director, curator, producer of exhibitions and festivals. She graduated B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts at The National University of Arts in Bucharest in 2001 and M.A. Interface Cultures at Kunstuniversität Linz, 2019.

Since 2001 Mihaela Kavdanska has worked on personal and collaborative projects, exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, festivals and public spaces in Europe, United States & Asia. Her projects have been awarded and funded internationally.

After extensively exploring the fields of Painting, Photography, Video Art, Music Visuals, Interactive media for Dance, Theatre and performative interventions, she's been recently concerned with the creative balance between Art and Technology. Mihaela Kavdanska focuses on the intermedia oneness between media and participants in performative contexts.

kavdanska.eu, kotkivisuals.com 

Violeta Ivanova graduated with a Bachelor at the Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria and a Master Plastische Konzeptionen/Keramik at Kunstuniversität Linz. She is internationally active and participates in a majority of different collaborative projects. For her artistic activity Violeta Ivanova has been awarded and supported by institutions in Austria, Bulgaria and Japan. She works mainly in the field of conceptual art with a focus on site-specific installations and objects.

Freelance artist, currently Assistant at the Sculpture Department of University Mozarteum Salzburg.


Linz born software engineer, Florian Weinrich, has been working on various artistic and non-artistic projects over the last few years. After finishing education in the field of media technology he worked at media agencies and startups. In 2019 he became self-employed and started working on local and international projects in cooperation with other artists and media agencies based in Europe.

Currently, he works on generative art and real-time visual applications in Berlin and Linz.