Why I Should quit my Job, diploma thesis in art- and cultural studies, book, lecture 2021, 12x22cm, 123 pages – artistic research on paper, ceramic fingers, beamer, outfit

What is left to say when everything has been said?

A questioning of the very foundation was my starting point and became the decisive basis of my greater research and examination of today‘s conditions of knowledge production in the age of knowledge based capitalism.

This book is a call and a document on how to experiment with different kinds of self technologies to reclaim and reappropriate forms of critical thinking and resistance.
In it have been much concerned with the act of writing itself, observing it from a queer* feminist and decolonial perspective, as being a very empowering tool. In the text I keep on writing about language and the production of knowledge as one of the most powerful political instruments of all and at the same time however, it is about very basic and simple questions, namely those of how we actually want to meet, deal with, speak and relate to each other. By incorporating marginalized or even invisibilized narratives into my own textual production, I wanted to expose the constructed nature of hierarchies in the field and show how using new methods and methodologies can completely transform our relationship to the subjects of our research.

Therefore I am engaging with many different combative voices from feminist theory, gender and queer studies, such as those of Hélène Cixous, Kübra Gümüşay or Paul B. Preciado. Furthermore I discuss texts and artistic positions from Critical Disability Studies, Philosophy of Science or Postcolonial Studies, such as by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten or Hito Steyerl and many more.

Through hacking myself into the world of science, I wanted to share my enthusiasm for a dilettante doing, which sometimes leaves it‘s critical stance behind, in order to arrive at a freer and unbiased perception.
The work was funded and supported by the University of Vienna with the Queer*-Feminist Young Scholars Fund.