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Black Ferk Studio

Black Ferk Stu­dio is an artis­tic and sci­en­tif­ic col­lec­tive found­ed by Matthias Moll­ner and Judith Schoßböck in 2021. The deci­sion to build the stu­dio came at the same time as the seri­ous neu­ro-immuno­log­i­cal dis­ease ME/CFS, which caused Judith to become severe­ly dis­abled. The ill­ness left her bedrid­den, affect­ed her cog­ni­tive­ly and phys­i­cal­ly, and meant she had to rad­i­cal­ly change her pro­fes­sion­al focus as a sci­en­tist. Art and draw­ing, orig­i­nal­ly start­ed as a form of ther­a­py, became almost the only form of expres­sion and activ­i­ty she was capa­ble of.

The studio’s work pri­mar­i­ly focus­es on exis­ten­tial and sociopo­lit­i­cal ques­tions, and high­lights the prob­lems of repres­sion and invis­i­bil­i­ty. In par­tic­u­lar, the col­lec­tive research­es top­ics like how peo­ple are judged and dis­em­pow­ered based on their abil­i­ty, as well as oblig­a­tions to be pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive. Black Ferk Stu­dio works in a mul­ti­me­dia for­mat with dif­fer­ent artis­tic tech­niques, and cer­tain­ly isn’t miss­ing a good dose of dark humour.

A colorized MRI image of the head and brain is fused to a battery. The object floats in a beach landscape.