Conny Zenk is a media artist working at the intersection of performance, video, and sound in the context of urban architecture and the city. Her working method is transdisciplinary and artistically explorative using digital and analog interfaces, vehicles, and media. Since 2017 she curates the participatory event series RAD Performance.
Conny Zenk has been organizing Night Rides since 2014, which took place for the first time as part of CITY OF NOISE with Record Labels from Vienna. Entitled Dance your Bike! she is developing a new composition format for the bicycle, as part of an Artistic Research Pilot Project at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2019, RAD Performance will take place in Upper Austria at the Festival of Regions as part of Creative Europe project Centriphery, named RADschen Wanderungen.
In 2008-2012 she founded a performance collective from the field of New Circus and Media, using the wheel as an audio-visual juggling instrument and developing it further in 2017-2020 as part of the performance and experimental film entitled selfieDREAMER.
In the field of performance, dance and new circus she leads projects together with Daniel Aschwanden (Aschwanden/ Zenk 2010-2017) and other artists* that deal with physical and media interaction through social networks and migration. (bastard looping – Tanzquartier Wien, bastard crowd mobile (angewandte innovation lab), smartphone migration (Tanzquartier Wien), stories on the run (Impulstanz Festival), mobile stories (WUK Wien).
Conny Zenk has been working as an artist in the field of visual music since 2007. Numerous national and international festivals including REAL DEAL, Donaufestival Krems, sound:frame, Meteo Festival, unlimited, Konfrontationen, Mapping Festival, Ars Electronica Festival, Klangmanifeste, and many more). She is a visual member of the band VENTIL and synth-bike musician with Cyberheikel tritt aus.
Conny Zenk studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, in the class Digital Art of Ruth Schnell, Virgil Widrich, and Peter Weibel ; stage and film design of Bernhard Kleber and as part of a bilateral study program in Shanghai in the field of Design & Innovation at Tongji University. Further studies: Gender Studies at the University of Vienna and the postgraduate course in Experimental and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Awards / Grants:
2021 – European Artist in Residency: Centriphery – Prin Banat – Timisoara / Rumania
2020 – BKA Residency – Red Gate – Beijing / China (upcoming)
2020 – Body Embedding Artist in Residency – Jogjakarta / Indonesia
2019 – European Artist in Residency: Centriphery – Festival of the Regions
2018 – International Artist Residency Kulangsu
2018 – Stipendiatin Künstlerresidenz Chretzeturm
2017 – VIS Award : Bulletproof / VENTIL / Regie: Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger / Videoanimation
2013 – Outstanding Artist Award des BKA (Prämie gemeinsam mit Kathrin Stumreich) für Frauenkultur
2013 – University of Applied Arts Scholarship, Tongji University Shanghai
2012 – University of Applied Arts Scholarship, Tongji University Shanghai
Email: Conny Zenk