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Marlies Surtmann works and lives in Vienna and is an artist and cultural worker. Her research work focuses on the relationship between the body, space, society, and art as well as theoretical and curatorial issues regarding participation, exchange, and collaboration as central elements in performative art. She currently works at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich and supervises the development the performance archive there. In this context she conceives and implements projects for the art educational and the exhibition program. Since 2016 she has been studying in the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with a focus on archiving performance art and completed diploma studies in fine arts in 2013. Furthermore, she was a co-founder of the artist-curator collective Friday Exit (2011– 2016). 2017 she coconceived the Performatorium together with Olivia Jaques.