Michael Zinganel


Michael Zinganel graduated in the faculty of Architecture at Graz University of Technology; he visited a 2 year postgraduate programme in fine arts at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht and obtained a PhD in contemporary history at the University of Vienna. He taught at various universities and was a research fellow at the IFK (International Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna in the summer-term 2003. Since 2001 he is assistant professor at the Institute of Building Typology at the Graz University of Technology.


Michael Zinganel lives and works moreover as freelance architecture theorist, cultural historian, curator and artist in Graz and Vienna for exhibitions and projects about the deconstruction of the mythologies of planning processes in contrast to “everyday experience”: on empty spaces in Social Housing blocks (Freiraum Superblock, a touring exhibition through common amenities in Viennese municipal buildings of the inter-war-period, Vienna 1995), Sex & Space (in cooperation with Marion von Osten, Forum Stadtpark, Graz 1997), Anonymous Single Family Houses (We-House-Builders. Building in Austria, Centre for Architecture Vienna 1998), Home (Secession, Vienna 1999), www.eigenheim.at (Galerie 5020, Salzburg 2001) and about the productive force of crime for the development of art, architecture and urban design. The emphasis of architecture and city design was the topic of his dissertation at the Institute for Contemporary History of the University Vienna. It was published as a book in fall 2003: Michael Zinganel, Real Crime, Architecture & Crime, edition selene, Vienna 2003.
Most recently he worked on various aspects of urban and transnational mobility, contemporary mass tourism and migration, both on a micro- and macro-political level. In 2006 he organized an interdisciplinary conference and art exhibition on Mass Tourism and Architecture in Graz.
In 2006/07 he was involved in two research projects in Switzerland: one on the Role of Art in Tourism and one on the desires of ‘exotic’ tourists from new markets like Japan, India, Russia and China. Currently he is involved in the design of an ethnographic exhibition on migration in Munich opening in July 2009. Simultaneously he tries to work on his habilitation treatise on “Dark Tourism Architecture”.



Michael Zinganel, Real Crime. Architektur, Stadt und Verbrechen, Edition Selene, Wien 2003


Michael Zinganel, Hans Albers, Marusa Sagadin, Michael Hieslmair: Saison Opening. Kulturtransfer über ostdeutsch-tirolerische Migrationsrouten, Wien 2006
Matthias Marschik, Rudolf Müllner, Georg Spitaler u. Michael Zinganel (Ed.): Stadion. Architektur, Politik, Ökonomie, Turia & Kant, Wien 2005
Michael Zinganel u. Peter Spillmann (Ed.): Backstage*Tours. Reisen in den touristischen Raum, Verlag Forum Stadtpark, Graz 2004

Recent Contributions (Selection, since 2008)

Michael Zinganel: „Vor lauter Thema verschwindet die Stadt! Stadtwanderungen zwischen Bildungsauftrag und widerständigen Lesarten“, in: Elke Krasny und Irene Niehaus (Hg.): Wege in die Stadt. Urbane Transformationsprozesse und ihre Narrative, Berlin 2008
Michael Zinganel: Landscapes of Power, in: Thea Brejzek (Hg.): Power und Space, Zürich 2008
Michael Zinganel: 1Crime does pay! How security technology, architecture and town planning are powered by crime, in: Heidelberger Kunstverein (Hg.): Islands & Ghettos, Nürnberg 2008
Ramona Lenz und Michael Zinganel: Kunst, Tourismus und Migration. Eine kurze Pauschalreise in die Mobilitätsdebatte, in: Westfälischer Kunstverein (Hg.): on the move. Verkehrskultur II, Münster 2008
Michael Zinganel: Last Exit Karlsplatz, in: Wien Museum (Hg.): Am Puls der Stadt. 2000 Jahre Karlsplatz, Wien 2008
Michael Zinganel: Architektur und Paranoia, in: Gerhard Blechinger, Yana Milev (Hg.): emergencydesign. designstrategien im arbeitsfeld der krise, Wien und New York 2008
Michael Zinganel: Alpine Wucherungen. Die Urbanisierung der Alpinen Freizeitperipherie, in: Schweizer Architektur Museum (Hg.): S AM Nr. 03. ARCH / SCAPES Die Verhandlung von Architektur und Landschaft, Basel 2008

Recent Contributions to Exhibitions

2009 ‘Crossing Munich’, about spaces, representations and debates on migration in Munich, exhibition design (in cooperation with Michael Hieslmair)
2008 ‘Hot Air’, a theatre performance on regional branding, Bad Gleichenberg (in cooperation with Michael Hieslmair and Theater im Bahnhof Graz)
2008 ‘Top of Experience’,  the art of entertainment parks, Kunsthalle Luzern, co-curating and exhibition design (in cooperation with Peter Spillmann)
2008 ‘Islands and Ghettoes’, on expats and migrants in Dubai, Caracas and Heidelberg, Kunstverein Heidelberg, NGBK Berlin (in cooperation with Michael Hieslmair)
2008 ‘Exit Karlsplatz’, on an important inner city underground traffic junction, Wien Museum (in cooperation with Michael Hieslmair)
2007 ‘Kerbl Ltd.’, on a motorway gas and service station alongside a transnational migration route, Festival der Regionen Oberösterreich, Galerie ACC Weimar (in cooperation with Michael Hieslmair and Marusa Sagadin)
2006 ‘Saison Opening’, on cultural exchange through seasonal migrant labour in between East Germany and the Austrian Alps, Shrinking Cities II, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Kunstverein Köln, Lakeside Park Klagenfurt (in cooperation with Michael Hieslmair, Marusa Sagadin and Hans Albers)

Memberships, Awards

Curator für Fine Arts at Forum Stadtpark Graz, Austria from 2003–2006
Scholarship of the Margarethe Schütte-Lihotzky Award 2000 of the Austrian Chancellary
Member of Österreichische Gesellschaft für Architektur (ÖGFA, Austrian
Architectural Society) since 2000
Member of Wiener Secession (Viennese Secession) since 1999