Austrian artist Markus Schinwald (born 1973) lives and works in Vienna and Los Angeles. In his interdisciplinary work, encompassing video, performance, dance, theatre, painting, photography, installation, and even puppetry, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling atmospheres that hint at their Viennese production context, through references to austere Biedermeier style or to psychoanalysis. His seminal studies in fashion left him with a wide interest in clothing and, furthermore, in the human body’s potential and limitations in both physical and psychological senses. Therefore, his works concentrate on processes of manipulation and alteration of bodies and their surroundings, echoing the transformative potential of cultural construct. Works by Markus Schinwald were shown in solo exhibitions all around Europe, in Japan and the USA. In 2011 he was responsible for the Austrian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.