about me

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Sonja Bäumel (AT) works across various disciplines
including art, design, fashion and biological practice.
The interest in Sonja’s ongoing research and creative
process lies in the human body and the unexpected
diversity of the human ecosystem, in its ‘social network’
and in our changing perspective on the human body.

Sonja studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute
of Vienna, and holds a Bachelor in Arts from the
University of Arts of Linz, as well as a Master in
Conceptual Design in Context from the Design Academy
Eindhoven. In 2012 she was awarded with the Outstanding
Artist Award Experimental Design, for the project Textile
Anatomy, from the BMUKK Federal Ministry for Education,
Art and Culture of Vienna.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in Ars
Electronica Center(AT), Anthology Film Archives New
(USA); MAK Museum of Applied Arts(AT); Museum
Contemporary Art Taipei (TW), Museum of Natural
History Vienna(AT) or ZKM Center for Art and Media(DE).
Her Textured Self project is in the permanent collection
of the Textielmuseum in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Her
works have also been the basic impact for documentary
films (ORF/ARTE: BioArt - Kunst aus dem Labor; Servus
TV_Terra Mater: Wir sind Planeten) to which she actively
contributed. She is co-founder of the Dunbar's Number
collective (2011), member of Pavillion35 (2012) collective
based in Vienna, and of the WNDRLUST (2013) collective
based in Amsterdam.

Sonja is heading the Jewellery-linking bodies Department
at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, as well as
lecturing and giving workshops in different national and
international academies and universities.