Katharina Brandl is a curator, lecturer and author in the field of contemporary art. She is the artistic director of Kunstraum Niederoesterreich in Vienna and a research associate at the Schaulager Professorship for Art Theory and faculty member of the Department of Art History at the University of Basel. She studied political science and art history at the University of Vienna and critical studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. As a member of eikones graduate school, her PhD research on gaming aesthetics in contemporary art was funded with a stipend from 2016–2018 by the University of Basel, before she became affiliated with the Department of Art History at the University of Basel (since 2018). Prior to this, she worked in the field of research funding, as a researcher (for example for the Austrian contribution to the Biennale Architettura 2014 in Venice) and as project coordinator of an international studio and residency program. She recently curated the exhibition TechnoCare (Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, in 2019, co-curated with Friederike Zenker) and Stormy Weather (Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna and Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, in 2020, co-curated with Claire Hoffmann). Her research interests include the history and theory of contemporary art, digital media in contemporary art and feminist art histories. She founded various cultural initiatives in Vienna and Basel and lives & works between those cities.