H13 Lower Austria Prize For Performance

Performance is a form of expression. As a multifaceted form with differences in staging and content, it has a long tradition in Austrian art and has undergone a progressive revision in art history in recent years. With the H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance, an emphasis is put on the performative works of the younger generation.


H13 2022

In 2022, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich announced the H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance for the sixteenth time. In addition to prize money of € 5,000 for the winner of the open call, the award-winning performance was performed on TH, 01 09 2022 in Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.

The realization of the performance is additionally supported with € 2,000. The submitted concepts should therefore reflect and consider the spatial conditions of Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.

It is the only Austrian award for performance art as a medium of fine arts.

The call ended on FR, 15 04 2022.


The winners of the H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance 2022 are Elisabeth Kihlström and Alexander Martinz! The performance Metal Heads and the festive H13 award ceremony took place on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich. An accompanying exhibition was on display from Friday, September 2 to Saturday, September 10, 2022.


Jury statement

“The winning performance Metal Heads by Elisabeth Kihlström and Alexander Martinz takes a provocative and enlightening new look at the performances of the historical avant-garde, in particular Oskar Schlemmer’s works of the 1920s and the stylistics of 1980s heavy metal bands. In their performance, the artists draw connections between Schlemmer’s geometric aesthetic and the queer counterculture performances of metal pioneers Judas Priest.”


The Jury for the year 2022 included:

  • Katharina Brandl (Artistic Director, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich)
  • Nele Kaczmarek (Curator,Tangente St. Pölten - Festival für Gegenwartskultur)
  • Claudia Lomoschitz (Choreographer, performer and visual artist)
  • Franz Thalmair (Curator, publisher and author)


The jury's decision is incontestable and final.

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