Karin Ferrari

CONTACT : mail(at)karinferrari.com 

                                                       Karin Ferrari uses visual material from pop culture and global media culture in order to investigate the present. Her work is an artistic contribution to discussions concerning fake news phenomena, (dis)infotainment and visual awareness.


After taking a degree in Cultural Studies and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2008, Ferrari worked for two years as an assistant curator for design at the MAK (Museum of Applied Arts) in Vienna and almost abandoned her own artistic activity until she spent one night binge watching reptilian shape-shifting news reporters on YouTube. Since then Ferrari has been working her video series DECODING (THE WHOLE TRUTH). These experimental docu-fictions claim to reveal hidden messages in music videos, advertisements and news intros. They are inspired by the knowledge production of digital subcultures on the threshold of paranoid political imagination and esoteric utopian desires. 2020 Ferrari’s started her ongoing research project Archi_Fictions of Ekstasis – an essayistic theory fiction art project about pseudo-sacred commercial architecture, issued in several volumes and supported by the Benno Barth Award and the BKA.

Ferrari’s DECODING videos are published on her YouTube channel and have been shown internationally in museums, art-centres and on television.


Solo Shows 

2021 The New Holy. Art in Public Space KOER Tirol 2021

2021 Archi:Fictions of Ecstasy. Sound and Video Installation at Vorbrenner, BRUX, Innsbruck

2020 Rooftop Temples of New York City. Exhibiton and book presentation at Galery Juenger Wien

2019 TR4SH MYSTICISM.  Exhibition at Ferdinandeum, Tyrolean State Museum, Innsbruck

2019 ALIENS, SEX + PARANOIA. Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz

2017 DECODING (THE WHOLE TRUTH) Screenings at Cité des Arts, Paris

2017 The Map Is The Territory. Exhibtion at Gallery Jünger, Vienna

2016  I Call Ron. Artist Statement at Parallel Art Fair Vienna

2016 DECODING (THE WHOLE TRUTH) Blickle Kino, 21er Haus – Museum for Contemporary Art, Vienna

2016 Hyperconnected (The Whole Picture) Palais des Beaux Arts Vienna



Art Omi Archive, New York

State Collection Tyrol, Austria

Collection City of Innsbruck, Austria

State Art Collection, Austrian Federal Chancellery

Collection Ursula Blickle Video Archiv, Belvedere / 21er Haus, Wien

private collections


Awards and Residencies 

2020 Art Award of the City of Innsbruck

2020 State Scholarship Federal Chancellery of Austria

2019 Benno Barth Award

2018 Art Omi International Artists Residency, Ghent, New York

2018 RLB Art Award RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck

2018 Artist Residency Yogyakarta by the Federal Chancellery of Austria

2018 Residency Cité International des Arts, Paris

2018 Mhytnix (with Bernhard Garnicnig and Peter Moosgaard) Pixel, Bytes & Film – ORF III Artist in Residence

2017 Nomination Walter Koschatzky Art Award, Albertina Vienna

2017 Artist Residency Cité Internationale des Arts Paris by the Federal Chancellery of Austria

2016 DECODING Austria’s News Intros (THE WHOLE TRUTH) Pixel, Bytes & Film – ORF III Artist in Residence

2016 Artist Residency Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgien



Group Exhibitions (selection)



Cmd P for (reality), Frans Masereel Center, Kasterlee, Belgium

Sum Ergo Sum, Bruneck



The Watchers, The 8th Floor/The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York

Cmd P for (reality), Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

LINZ FMR, Biennale für Medienkunst, Musikpavillion, Linz

Land(e)scapes, Kunsthaus Mürz, Mürzzuschlag

26th European Film Festival Palic, Serbia

Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film

Beauty Case, Hofburg Brixen

Anywhere on Earth, Haus am Gleis, Liechtenstein




The Value of Freedom(curated by Severin Dünser), 21er Haus – Museum for Contemporary Art, Vienna, AT

20 Jahre RLB Kunstbrücke, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck

Art Omi Open Studios

Parallel Art Fair Vienna

Unmittelbar auf Papier, Galerie Jünger, Vienna, AT

Eau & Gaz(curated by Kathrin und Sarah Oberrauch Lanserhaus Eppan, IT

Magic Circle (curated by Katharina Brandl und Daniela Brugger), Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Wien

Souvenir (curated by Fabio Santacroce / 63rd – 77th STEPS e Giusy Ottonelli) Spazio Murat, Bari, IT


Antarctic Biennale(curated by Nadim Samman), Antarctica Biennale Ship, Antarctica

Postinternet.Art, The Wrong Biennale, Digital Art Biennale

Works on Paper, Büro Weltausstellung, Wien

My Music, Dias Kunsthal, Kopenhagen

Chance Meeting (curated Claudia Slanar) SCCA – Center for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana

Revealing Reflected Refractions(kuratiert von Rachael Gorchov), Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York

The New Normal (curated by Murat Adash), Beirut, Istanbul

(Screening) There Is No Time, Hamburg


Deep Inside V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art(curated by Nadim Samman), Moscow

Coup De Ville (curated by Stef Van Bellingen), Sint Niklaas, Belgium

Jan Cremer & MultiplierFrans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

Back To The Future Papay Gyro Nights (curated by Ivanov + Chan), Videotage, Hong Kong

(Solo / Artist Statement) Parallel Vienna, Vienna

Frame Out FestivalMuseumsquartier Wien

THE WHOLE TRUTH DISKO at the War Party, Royal Military Museum, Brussels, Belgium


Warp Artist Village Art and Architecture Triennale, Bruges, Belgium

Mehr als Worte: Zeichen, Symbole, Sinnbilder Volkskunstmuseum, Innsbruck

Auratic and Other Phenomena (curated by Erich Hable) Galerie 5020, Salzburg

The International Teletext Art Festival ITAF (curated by Juha van Ingen from FixC cooperative) ARD Text, ORF TELETEXT, Swiss Text and arte Teletext

Ars Electronica, Deep Space, ITAF, Linz

Amsterdam Drawing Fair 2015, (Galerie Martin Kudlak, Köln), Amsterdam

Bedroom Culture (curated by Johanna Braun), The Satellite Show, Miami Beach, FL

Investigative Séances x Sonorous Trajectories Unsafe + Sound Festival (kuratiert von Shilla Strelka), Bar du Bois, Wien

Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture. Adult Coloring BookGalerie Jünger, Wien


Lecture-Performances and Workshops 


Making Truth: Friedrich von Borries, Karin Ferrari, Martha Kirszenbaum, Lisl Ponger in conversation with Angela Stief, Vienna Art Week

The Ultimate Guide to TM (Trash Mysticism), Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck

Karin Ferrari Artist Talk, Kunsthalle Wien

Occult Machines: The iPhone Xs. A Techno-Magical Portal, subnetTALK, Salzburg


Artist Talk ( invited byFabio Santacroce / 63rd – 77th STEPS e Giusy Ottonelli)Spazio Murat, Bari


Lecture, Predictive Programming (curated by Bori Szalai, lecture-performances by Serafin Alvarez, Karin Ferrari and György Szimán in the context of the series Thought Sculptures ) Trafo Galeria Budapest

Séance with WiFi Board, Galerie Jünger, Vienna

Artist Talk and Screening (invited by Elisabeth von Samsonow) Academy Fine Arts Vienna


Workshop, Applied DemonologyCoded Cultures Festival, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Workshop Hyperstition: Challenging Dominant Reality Todaywith Mark Fisher, Armen Avanessian, Karin Ferrari, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck

Lecture, DECODING THE WHOLE TRUTH (invited by Seth Weiner) Webster University Vienna


Talk Karin Ferrari and Fritz Ostermayer Occult Adult Coloring Book (Bookpresentation), Galerie Jünger, Vienna

Lecture, DECODING THE WHOLE TRUTH Lecture (invited by Seth Weiner) Webster University Vienna

Participative performance, Subliminal Mess, (with Gedvile Bunikyte) Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, Innsbruck



Christian Petersen: Karin Ferrari: Portrait of the Artist as a YouTube Conspiracy Theorist, in Artslant Magazine, 2018

Karin Ferrari: Weird Wired Viral, in “Epidemic Subjects – Radical
Ontology”, Elisabeth von Samsonow (ed.), The University Chicago Press for Diaphanes, 2017

Schönheit und Verdauung, Thank Gods!, 2017

Nadim Samman: Karin Ferrari, in: 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Katalog, 2016

Sarah den Hond: Karin Ferrari, in: Coup de Ville 2016, catalogue, Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, 2016

Karin Ferrari (Hg.) Coloring Book, 40 pages, english, 2015

Claudia Slanar: Karin Ferrari – Flavor Flower in: “Mehr als Worte. Zeichen. Symbole. Sinnbilder. Katalog Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum”, ed. Wolfgang Meighörner, Athesia Tappeiner Verlag, Bozen, 2015

Karin Ferrari: Entretextes, in: “Unzipping Philosophy”, Elisabeth Samsonow (Hg.), Passagen, Wien, 2009

Karin Ferrari: Intelligent Timelines, in: “World Best New Art”, Georg Leutner (Hg.), Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2006