Hotel Morphila Orchester
In 1978, Peter Weibel (vocals, lyrics) and Loys Egg (composition, guitar) founded Hotel Morphila Orchester as one of Vienna’s first bands made up of fine artists. The other band members were Paul Braunsteiner, painter and lead guitarist of the well-known Austrian rock group Novaks Kapelle, Günther Dinold, bassist of the Worried Men Skiffle Group, and Reinhard Blank, advertising designer and self-taught drummer—they were subsequently joined by Franz Machek (bass), Wolfgang Stelzer (drums), and Franz Dorfner (bass). The band’s name, which alludes to the largely defunct tradition of hotel orchestras, is intended to arouse sick, morbid associations:
»The hotel name, hinting at notions like morbid, morphine, Morpheus (god of dreams and sleep), Mephistopheles, Morph (figure), Godzilla, etc., points to the hotel’s character, guests and music: monster rock from energy machines, hot hammer-and-phase melodies floating like gas-filled zeppelins, music of heavy water, primary rock, music of the metropolis, ›crazy crash music,‹ neon rock, code breakers, hospital music for patients of all kinds« (Peter Weibel, 1979).
The band initially survived until 1982 and had a comeback from 2011 on, playing a number of concerts and also performing at Vienna’s Museum of the 21st Century in 2015 in conjunction with Weibel’s solo show.
born 1944 in Odessa; lives in Vienna and Karlsruhe
Studies in French literature, film and comparative literature, medicine, and later mathematics with a focus on logic
From 1976: Taught at the College (now University) of Applied Arts Vienna, the College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, the University of Kassel (GhK), and other institutions
Since 1984: Professor of Visual Media Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
1984–1989: Associate Professor for Video and Digital Arts at the Department for Media Study, State University of New York in Buffalo, NY, where he set up the Digital Arts Laboratory
1989–1994: Establishes and heads the Institute for New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main
1999–2019: Director of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
2017: Foundation of the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, to which Weibel has donated his archive
born 1947 in Bern
Studies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
1972–1984: Teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
1989: Withdraws from the art market; works as a graphic artist