Rafał Morusiewicz (b. 1979) is a researching artist, curator, academic lecturer, and translator, currently based in Vienna. A holder of two PhD degrees, they wrote two dissertations, in which they conceptualize and apply queering strategies to Polish films: “Between Resistance and Assimilation: Queer Strategies in Polish Film after 1989” (Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw) and “Remixing Polish Film History: Self-Contaminations, Queer Interventions, Affective Conjurings,” as part of the selective “PhD in Practice” program (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna). Their films have been screened at European festivals (such as International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Berlin's XPOSED International Queer Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Experimentaux de Paris, Queer Lisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer), and as part of exhibitions and film programs (Venice Biennale's Research Pavilion, Vienna's mumok, 21er Haus, and filmKoop, London's Film Place Collective) – their latest film is in the collection of Vienna's Belvedere Museum. Apart from “Cliffhanger!”, they are preparing two exhibitions in the curating artist-duo with Guilherme Maggessi: “The Poiesis of Composting” (Exhibit, Vienna, 10.2021–02.2022) and “In the Meantime of a Wormhole” (VBKÖ, Vienna, 04–05.2022). In the framework of the latter, the duo will present performative lectures in duet in Vienna's Volkshtheater and Klagenfurt's Kunstraum Lakeside. For two decades, Morusiewicz has been a lecturer in several academic institutions, such as Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Webster Vienna Private University and Warsaw's SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. As a gender non-binary person, they use plural or no pronouns.
List of Artistic, Scientific, Scholarly, or Arts-Based Positions Held to Date
Faculty Adjunct: Film Studies, Media Communications, Webster Private University Vienna.
Faculty Adjunct: Center for Liberal Arts, Webster Private University Vienna
Lecturer in Curatorial Studies: Institute for Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
PhD Candidate: University of Warsaw, Institute of Applied Social Sciences.
Lecturer: Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
PhD-in-Practice Candidate: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute of Fine Arts / Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies (defended with distinction).
Researcher: Six Formats, format Screening, FWF | PEEK project, led by Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein & Ingrid Cogne, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Language Center Coordinator: Webster Private University Vienna.
Lecturer: Gender Studies, Universität zu Köln.
Writing Tutor: Webster Private University Vienna.
Lecturer: Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw.
Instructor: Language Center & English Department, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw.
M.A.: Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw (five-year Master’s programme).
Main Areas of Research
archival studies, cultural studies, environmental humanities, film and media studies, fine arts, gender studies, queer studies, social sciences
Arts-Based Research Results Achieved to Date
Research-based solo exhibition: In the Meantime of a Wormhole, funded and presented by Vereinigung Bildender Küntstler*innen Österreichs, Vienna, w/ Guilherme Maggessi.
Research-based artist statement: Future Is Memory Is Perfect, funded and presented by Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, w/ Guilherme Maggessi.
Research-based curated exhibition: The Poiesis of Composting, xhibit, funded by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, w/ Guilherme Maggessi.
Lecture Performance: Dot, Pause, Dot, Dot, Volkstheater Wien, w/ Guilherme Maggessi.
Research Article: Idiosyncratic Ambiguities of Queer(able) Experience in Polish Film in the Early 2010s, Central Europe, https://doi.org/10.1080/14790963.2021.1921996.
PhD Thesis: Between Resistance and Assimilation: Queer Strategies in Polish Film after 1989, University of Warsaw, https://apd.uw.edu.pl/diplomas/142437/?_s=1.
PhD Thesis: Remixing Polish Film History: Self-Contaminations, Queer Interventions, Affective Conjurings, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, https://repository.akbild.ac.at/en/meist_besucht/query/24387.
Most Important Publications and Arts-Based Projects
Research article: Rafal Morusiewicz and Guilherme Maggessi in Conversation, published as part of the “Blind Spot – Spaces of Lockdown” project by Film Place Collective.
Film: copia de la copia (de la copia), screened at Message to Man International Film Festival (St. Petersburg), and 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; programmed by Film Place Collective, filmkoop wien, ORTVI, and 21er Haus (Vienna).
Research-based curated exhibition and workshop: Queerinarchive (w/ Kolektiv queerANarchive), Split, funded by Europski socijalni fond (ESF), Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske, Grad Split, Hrvatski audiovizualni centar, Hrvatsko društvo filmskih redatelja, and Zaklada Kultura nova.
Film: Bodies without Bodies in Outer Space, screened at 9th Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival (Hawick), 14th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival (Berlin), 21st Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, 24th Queer Lisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer, and 6th Queer Porto Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer; programmed by ORTVI.
Research article: Screening Waves: Images of Moving Places (w/ Rebecca Jane Arthur and Ingrid Cogne), Film Place Collective Editions, 1.
Film: Uprooting Ghosts: A Queer “Fantasia on National Themes,” screened at 8th Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, 7th Fringe Queer Film Festival (London), Research Pavilion at The Venice Biennale, and Unseen Festival (Denver); programmed by ORTVI and 21er Haus.
European Artistic Research Network conference and exhibition: Hauntopia / What if, Research Pavilion at The Venice Biennale, PhD in Practice, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, followed by the publication Hauntopia / What if. My text (“Queering/Reading/Editing Tadeusz Konwicki’s How Far Away from Here, How Near”) and film (Uprooting Ghosts: A Queer “Fantasia on National Themes”) became part of my PhD-in-Practice dissertation.
Film: You say this now, screened at mumok Wien and Rundgang Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Research article: All the Jocks, Queens, and Foxes: On the Fringes of the Male Heteronormative Heterotopia in Lars von Trier's Depression Trilogy. Ekphrasis.
Research article: Fifty Shades of Real. The Sexual and the Virtual in Spike Jonze’s Her, Kultura Popularna 4, no. 38, 110–119.
Additional Artistic, Scholarly, or Arts-Based Research Achievements
Artist talk & screening: “Queer Remixing, Queer Remixing: Doing Films from Multiple Elsewhere’s,” moderated by Masha Godovannaya, filmkoop wien.
Guest lecturer: Practice-Based Research, Central European University, Vienna.
Panel discussion: Blind Spot – Spaces of Lockdown with Prof. Penelope Haralambidou (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Prof. Lilian Chee (National University of Singapore), and The Film Place Collective.
Conference presentation: Wom_n* Filmmakers in the 1980s Poland: A Study of the Cinematic Counterpublic, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig.
Conference presentation: Reading Polish Film History through Auto-Ethnography and Remix, National Association for Fine Art Education, London.
Conference presentation: Remixing Polish Film History: Auto-Ethnographic Researching into Polish Nationhood(s) and Nationalism(s), European Artistic Research Network, Dublin.
Conference presentation: Idiosyncratic Ambiguities of Queer Experience: Instances of Non-Heteronormativity in Polish Cinema in the 2010s, University College London.
Conference presentation: Queering Polish People‘s Republic through Affective Memory, Media, Gender and Sexuality in Europe, International Communication Association, Prague.