Karin Ferrari

CONTACT : mail(at)karinferrari.com 

Karin Ferrari uses visual material from pop culture and daily life in order to investigate the present.

Her artistic research focuses on speculative narratives on the threshold of academic theory, paranoid political imagination and esoteric utopian desires.

Inspired by Internet subcultures that try to understand: what’s really going on?!1! Ferrari has been working since 2011 on her video series DECODING THE WHOLE TRUTH, conducting numerous works about music videos and TV clips. These experimental docu-fictions claim to reveal hidden messages. They are published on Ferrari’s YouTube channel TR4$H M4GIC TV, have been shown internationally in museums, art-centres and broadcast on television.

Ferrari’s work is an artistic contribution to discussions concerning fake news phenomena, (dis)infotainment and visual awareness.


 Solo Shows 

2019 TR4SH MYSTICISM, Ferdinandeum, Tyrolean State Museum, Innsbruck, AT

2019 Künstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz

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

2017 The Map Is The Territory Gallery Jünger, Vienna

2017 (Artist Statement) I Call Ron Parallel Art Fair Vienna

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

2016 Hyperconnected (The Whole Picture) (curated by Bernhard Garnicnig) Palais des Beaux Arts Vienna



Art Omi Archive, New York

Statal Collection Tyrol, Austria

Collection city of Innsbruck, Austria

State Art Collection, Austrian Federal Chancellery

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


 Awards and Residencies 

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)


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

Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

LINZ FMR, Biennale für Medienkunst, Musikpavillion, Linz

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

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 


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