founded in 2017


Katrin Plavčak

born 1970 in Gütersloh, Germany; lives and works in Berlin and Vienna

1991–1995: Bundesakademie für Sozialarbeit in Vienna (Federal Academy for Social Work)

1994–1999: Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (under Wolfgang Hollegha and Sue Williams)

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Katrin Plavčak paints, installs, collages, and constructs objects and sculptures. She sings, plays, launches bands, and writes lyrics for songs; she put a mustache on the Secession Building in Vienna and has performed concerts with sewing machines and installed a feminist online archive (

The topics she treats in her works come from her personal environment, current political events, media images, and her own imagination or dreams. The narratives for her paintings are often irritating, confusing, and puzzling—»surreal,« one might say. The viewer is confronted with familiar faces, personalities and figures from television, such as Edward Snowden or the members of the Pussy Riot, as well as monsters, dogs, ALF, and other science-fiction characters. Plavčak is not only a master at portraying individual people but also creates group portraits in classical genre painting. She cites motifs from art history and tries to revalue them in order to give women artists the place they deserve. Her pictures are compounds of abstraction and figuration and include the »bad painting« of the 1980s and 1990s. Plavčak is also inspired by Alice Neel and Mernet Larson.


Author: Claudia Ehgartner



Katrin Plavčak makes music simply because she loves being a member of a band and enjoys collective creation compared to the isolated work of a painter. For her music has to »rock,« and the lyrics need »to have a clue.« Texts in English are important, as well as the structure and a »unique tempo« in the songs. In contrast to her piano lessons as a child, which were limited to »memorization,« she now learns to play instruments (guitar, keyboard, or sewing machines) as a means of expression. She started her first band, Blendwerk, with Chris Janker, Roman Harrer and Rudi Fischerlehner completing the lineup. In 1997, their first demo cassette, titled Leroy, was published. The CD followed in 1999 and, in 2001, the CD keine Angst (No Fear). The Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung described their music with these words: »Electro beats, feedback guitars, neurotic vocals. Those are the elements that come flying at one when listening to the demo cassette Leroy

When she moved to Berlin, she formed a new band, the Erste Stufe Haifisch (with Elis Bihn, Jens Rockstroh, and Rudi Fischerlehner).

In 2016, Plavčak started performing with Ulrika Segawerk as M.O.G (Mothers of God). The duo appeared on stage with used sewing machines and electronic pickups and a looper.

When asked what artists have inspired her,Plavčak names Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and Talking Heads. Browsing through music reviews for descriptive words, one finds »post-rock,« »Noise,« »indie,« and »punk« as well as »experimental, progressive, and avant-garde.«

Live in Concert

Live in Concert

Chicken, live in mumok, May 17, 2018

The concert in mumok was Katrin Plavčak’s first appearance with her new band Chicken (Katrin Plavčak, e-guitar / vocals, Nicholas Hoffman, e-bass/vocals, Hari Ganglberger, drums).


Claudia Ehgartner