Fashion & Literature

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Fashion & Literature

  • Thu 21 Feb 2013
  • 7:00PM
Photograph by Michael Duerr
Photograph by Michael Duerr

Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland GateLondon SW7 1PQ


T 020 7225 7300

F 020 7225 7300


In conjunction with the exhibition Another Austria Austrian writer Gabriele Petricek, who trained as a fashion designer, will explore the Austrian fashion scene through a multimedia literary performance.

Literature, Visuals, Chorus and Reading in German by Gabriele Petricek
Sounddesign, Waterphone and Mouth Harp live by Peter Quehenberger
Reading in English by Gerald Davidson

Gabriele Petricek, born in Krems, trained as a fashion designer in the Modeschule der Stadt Wien im Schloß Hetzendorf, then moved into marketing and journalism, starting as an Austrian-correspondant for Jardin des Modes, Zurich, later writing for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Wiener Zeitung, before turning to creative writing.

Petricek’s collection of short stories, Zimmerfluchten (2005) and her triptych Von den Himmeln (2009) are outstanding examples of sensitive and considered use of language.

She has received numerous awards including the Theodor-Körner-Preis für Literatur, the Hans-Weigel-Literaturstipendium des Landes Niederösterreich and the Staatsstipendium für Literatur and was Writer in Residence in literaric institutions and Universities in the US, Italy and GB – 2009 at the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Centre in London, 2010 at the BCLT-Summer School at the Universitiy of Norwich. She is currently working on a new book and co-organises an Austrian-American literature event taking place in fall 2013 in Easton, PA.

Peter Quehenberger, born in Innsbruck, youth in Salzburg. Private piano-lessons. Masters degree in physics, mathematics and chemistry. Scientific research at the Institute of Physiology in Innsbruck (Development of micro ph-electrodes, 1978 Eiselsberg-Preis). Teacher at technical College. Great interest in visual art, literature and music. Culture reporter for newspapers. Construction of analog synthesizer. Sound designer and composer of music for film, theatre and ballet. Many concerts as a mouth harp player. No sports.

Gerald Davidson has participated in numerous events at ACF London ( Thomas Bernhard,Margarete Berger-Hammerschlag, Carl Djerassi,Jakov Lind, Gert Jonke, Norbert Silberbauer, Gerhild Steinbuch and Wilhelm Reich). Many presentations at the Freud Museum London. His dramatisation of Thomas Bernhard's AMRAS was the closing event for the exhibition PERSONAL TEMPEST. He premiered Emily Howard's SONGS FROM DICKENS with Lore Lixenberg and the Fidelio Trio.

*Please note that the date for this event is now Thursday 21 February and not the 19 February as printed in our Jan/Feb newsletter. 

Other accompanying events include:

Exhibition Opening
Friday 1 February, 7 – 9 pm

Talking Fashion
Tuesday 5 February, 7 pm

The Designs of Emilie Flöge
Thursday 7 February, 7 pm

A Viennese Café Open House Weekend
Friday 15 – Monday 18 February

From Catwalk to Sidewalk
Tuesday 26 February, 7.30 pm