Selected Paintings

_2012-2015 Vienna, Austria
_2015 Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The untypical landscape, the slightly ridiculous, however somewhat calm.

Acryl on canvas

“Japan“ 2015 65x80cm
“Rotterdam“ 2016 60x80cm
“Schneeberg“ 2015 65x80cm
“Flughafen Innsbruck November“
2015 60x80cm
“Adrianastraat“ 2014 50x70cm
“Smog" 2014 50x60cm
“Vulcano" 2014 50x60cm
“AU-Wald“ 2012 40x50cm
“CA2“ 2012 40x50cm
“CA1“ 2012 40x50cm

Special Spacial Collection

research on landscape perception, method development / installation _2013/4, Vienna. Support: Richardson, Timothy

The diploma project “special, spacial collection“ focuses on everyday spaces and personal routes through public, transitional spaces between two destination points. The objective of this project is to approach transition spaces in a personal manner, to explore what a person can find along an everyday route and how this influences space and person. A book combines executed artistic studies and theoretical research, to communicate the results of this study.

In three steps this study proceeds from an areal overview, to the dynamics of space and place and the personal experience of a daily route.

A route can be represented by a black line in a number of maps. It can be more than 100 places, or a collection of changing stories.

An ordinary route can be topic for an artistic and theoretical study and fill a book. What changes during the process from single line to full book is the relation one has to a space. The more time, passion, attention one spends on a space, the more someone gets involved and appreciates the once mundane.

The Happy machine

public space intervention _2013, Vienna, Austria

The “Happy machine” is an interactive installation. It deals with the mechanical repetition of a spontaneous, happy event. Mixing the unexpected, happy event with the reliability of a machine, creates an absurdity, that questions the importance of coincidence. The “Happy Machine” creates the well known picture of two bunny ears and a small white tail in a meadow. The spectator initiates the bunny to hop, by releasing a mechanism. The rabbit hops for the visitor, as often as he wants. The person gains control over a situation.

Appropriation of Landscape

research on landscape perception and method development _2012 Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Published in DW B September 2013, issue 4; p621-625; Zoete E., 'Een collectief landschappelijk geheugen' (A collective landscape memory) as 'The acquisition of the Landscape'

The “Appropriation of Landscape” is an artistic research project, where the origin of landscape perception is questioned. The project is based on the philosopher and sociologist Lucius Burckhard and the question: “When is a landscape beautiful?”. During the research the origins of a personal landscape perception were questioned and appeared to be based on cultural knowledge. This lead to the idea to widen personal landscape “vocabulary” by the appropriation of unexpected landscape sceneries. A method was developed: unexpected places can be found with the help of a stopwatch.

sketching and naming the new landscape helps the viewer to integrate the new scenery in his personal landscape vocabulary. “Appropriation of Landscape” was further developed in the project “Land Exploration”.

Land Exploration

mapping landscapes _2012 Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands

“Land Exploration” is the translation of a personal experience in “Appropriation of Landscape” to a land exploration tool. The developed map is blank, in the process of exploration it will be filled with landscape names. These names are a personal expression of the perception of a landscape scenery. Different landscape explorers are connected with each other via an online platform, where experiences can be shared and a common map of landscapes is created. The slowly growing map is not a traditional map, but formed by words, which describe landscape sceneries.

Space in Motion

spacial planning _2013, Vienna, Austria

The project “Space in Motion” was developed for Praterstern, a square in Vienna. It is an important place where public transport (train, bus, subway and tram) meets individual transport (cars, bikes and pedestrians). All day long everybody and everything is moving at this transition space. The only people which see the “Spectacle” of movement are the people that stand still. Inspired by the sitting, standing, waiting homeless people at the square the idea was born to make the transition movement visible. Different installations should translate the invisible movement into a moving spectacle to tell the story of the space in motion.


2009-2014 Landscape design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna,

2012-2013 Public Space at the Design Academy Eindhoven,
The Netherlands


2012 “landscape” magazine by Eden’s Edge_ Vienna, Austria

2013, Zoete E, “Een collectief landschappelijk geheugen“, p621-625, DW B literature magazine, September 2014, issue 4_ Leuven; Belgium


2012 “Steward” in the Botanical Graden of Vienna, Austria

Alexandra Mair

My main interest concerns the perception of space and the relationships people have towards places. I belief that a change of perception results in a change of relation-ship towards a place. This awareness plays an important part in my projects.


2010 Derive: Urbanize_Vienna
"Stadt laut Lesen" walk with Bertram Weisshaar

2013 Chelsea Fringe Wien_ Vienna "Cooking with Flowers" with Alexander Schattovich

2013 University of Applied Arts_ Vienna City Park Wien-Graz-Ljubljana, Nature studies 2013

2013 “Istanbul”_ Eindhoven,
The Netherlands

2013 “The Happy Machine”_ Botanical Garden of Vienna, Austria

2015 “We used to sit in the attic and dream the day away”_ Installation in Hof, popup gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Memory Box

visualization of a memory _2012 Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The project “Memory Box” deals with the idea of visualizing a certain memory. Pictures in our memory are vague and uncertain, like my personal memory of a certain lake in the mountains of north Italy. My visualization of this vague memory are blurry slides. Non of them shows the real lake, however by combining different lakes I managed to visualize the image in my head. The chest, which contains the slides is based on the architecture of “Superstudio”. And represents the more actual memories, of design and art.


way finding system_ panning and realization by Klaus Fleischhacker, Nadine Hirschauer, Lucas Kleindienst, Alexandra Mair _2010/11, Vienna, Austria

Steward is a modern and flexible information system for the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna. The main idea was to create an uniform system, based on a easy recognizable visual language. The chosen image was a plant cell. Cells are units of small information, all together create one working system. The cell conglomerate is very flexible, it can grow and shrink. This is very important for a botanical garden, were plants are added and replaced. By using a botanical metaphorical language we connect the information system to the biological interest of the garden. The system becomes a part of the botanical garden.

Common Secrets

Public Space Intervention _2011, Vienna, Austria
Publication: “landscape” magazine _ Eden’s Edge 2012

"Common Secrets" deals with non-places*, in particular with the intersections of public transport systems. Negative aspects like solitude, similarity, latency, anonymity and the lack of relationships are given a new interpretation. Solitude and similarity offer privacy. Latency can be seen as a break, a possibility to rest. Anonymity frees a person from role models and social restraints. The lack of true relationships is a chance to put the focus on oneself.  Short texts, written on the tram platform, were used to transport this new interpretation. Each text tells a story of a person. He/she is leaving a role, for example the role of a student, who is about to enter a new role, the bartender.

While leaving one role and getting closer to the other, there is a point where non of these roles exist. The person in the story experiences the mentioned facts. The story explains the reinterpretation of the non-place. The reader is confronted with a different way of experiencing the place. The perception of “self” and “time” are questioned.

* Non-place, is a word creation of Marc Auge (French ethnologist and anthropologist *1935). They are functional places, without any personal purpose. For example, train stations, airports, streets, trains, shopping malls …

Cutting through the Danube Channel

mapping landscapes _2013, Vienna, Austria

“Cutting through the Danube Channel” is a repetitive description of the objects along the Danube Channel in Vienna. Every 5 min the surrounding from horizon to horizon is described. By repeating this act a collection of words is formed. Words witch have a certain location on the paper. A word map was created that shows how the landscape around the channel changes. It is a pattern of moving words and a repetitive structure. The reader has to interpret the words in the map and follow the Danube channel from it's origin thill it's end.

Hidden Places

spacial research_book and film by Joris Petterson, Rama Diallo, Manouk Pekelder, Alexandra Mair _2012 Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands

“Istanbul’s Hidden Places” is a research about the change of public space into place, place attachment and the value of place in globalization, studied on the example of Istanbul. 6 citizens of Istanbul were questioned about their “hidden place”.

The word “Hidden Place” describes a place of very personal value. The participants were asked to describe why they come to the place, what value it has to them and what role it place plays in there life. Different values for place attachment where found in the research, the social, the recreational and the inspirational function. Above all the research showed that the attachment towards places made the citizens feel home in their city.