Barbara Schurz

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Barbara Schurz (Russian transliteration: Барбара Шурц) was born 1973 in Klagenfurt, Carinthia. She is an artist and self-described "revolutionary activist" from Austria.

At Vienna University she pursued Slavic Studies and Women's Studies. Subsequently, she studied conceptual art at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. She began travelling around the world, living as an artist and author in Moscow and Berlin, in addition to Vienna.

Schurz is best known for her books, co-written with Alexander Brener, that address the boundary between art and politics from an activist perspective. These are heavily influenced by poststructuralism, particularly the writings of Michel Foucault, and focus their attacks largely on capitalism and imperialism. Schurz accompanied Brener to the 'Violence to Endurance: Extreme Curating' art lecture at the ICA to both protest and involve themselves in the lecture. While there Brener defecated in front of the audience while Schurz threw peanuts at the lecturers.[1]

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