Michael Hirschbichler

Michael Hirschbich­ler (1983 born in Graz, Aus­tria) stud­ied archi­tec­ture at ETH Zurich and phi­los­o­phy at Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin. He is the founder of ATELIER HIRSCHBICHLER, a Zurich-based prac­tice work­ing on the thresh­old of archi­tec­ture, art and research and thus com­bin­ing the realms of archi­tec­tural design and pro­duc­tion, speculative-critical artis­tic inves­ti­ga­tions and the­o­ret­i­cal rea­son­ing and writ­ing. Michael Hirschbich­ler received numer­ous schol­ar­ships and awards. Besides run­ning ATELIER HIRSCHBICHLER he is also involved in teach­ing and research. He was an assis­tant at ETH Zurich, the direc­tor of the archi­tec­ture pro­gram at the Papua New Guinean Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy as well as a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of the Archi­tec­tural Her­itage Cen­ter of Papua Neu Guinea. He cur­rently holds a lec­turer posi­tion for archi­tec­tural design at ETH Zurich.

Michael Hirschbichler works at the nexus of art and architecture. His works are a reflection of various aspects of contemporary life which manifest themselves in the planned and constructed world through architectural situations and structures determined by urban planning. In his work on these themes Michael Hirschbichler considers plans, photo collages, paintings and models to be tools of a speculative-critical archeology, by means of which layers of reality can be laid bare and existing tendencies of reality given expression. Using these media he studies, manipulates and assembles architectural-spatial fragments, forming them into dystopic spaces which are exaggerated to absurd extremes through scaling, repetition, contrasts and alienation. Between the soberness of everyday functional spaces and the excessive sculptural style of grand, representational buildings, in his works a view of reality as a built form emerges that makes it possible to witness the existential drama of deliberately shaped and contested space hidden beneath its apparent obj
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