April 5th to July 14th, 2024

The Team


Claudius Schulze

Artistic Director

Claudius Schulze (*1984) serves the Klima Biennale Wien as artistic director. He holds degrees om »Conflict Analysis & Resolution« (M.A., Sabanci University, Istanbul) and »Documentary Photography & Photojournalism« (M.A., University of the Arts London) and is pursuing a practice-led Ph.D. on machine cognition & sensing and the Anthropogenic Extinction Crisis.

As an artist and researcher, his interest lies in nature, technology, and the consequences of Global Change. In his studio, he collaborates with a diverse team of educators, engineers, and designers to create unique, site specific installations, bridging the analogue/digital divide. His work is regularly published and exhibited internationally. It is held by various private and public collections.

Most recently, he implemented »FIDS Open Research Lab« (Elbkulturfonds 2022, Hamburg Germany), an artistic research vessel logging the impact of noise and light pollution in the Port of Hamburg and the effect on bird behaviour using advanced image recognition and Artificial Intelligence.

Claudius initiated the first international biennial for nature, climate at the anthropogenic changes to the earth system in Hamburg. He served the first edition 2022, titled »ClimateArtFest« as the artistic director.

Sithara Pathirana

Program Director

Sithara Pathirana (*1987) is responsible for the program of the Climate Biennale Vienna, which includes the festival's framework, educational and outreach activities, and collaborations within the city. She studied English/American Studies (M.A., Karl-Franzens University, Graz) and "Culture and Media Management" (M.A., University of Music and Theatre, Hamburg). As a project and cultural manager, her focus lies in cultural education, particularly in the areas of cultural participation and educational justice.

She served as a speaker at the Hamburg Association for Children and Youth Culture. As an art festival producer, she previously worked at events such as the "steirischer herbst," the "Hamburger Kulturgipfel," and the "Triennale der Photographie Hamburg," where she conceptualized and co-managed the OFF TRIENNALE in 2018 and the Triennale Expanded in 2022.

Together with Claudius, Sithara initiated the first international art biennale for nature, climate, and anthropogenic changes in the Earth's system called "ClimateArtFest Hamburg."


Sophie Haslinger

»Into The Woods«

Sophie Haslinger is a curator and author with a focus on contemporary photography and ecological topics. She has been a curator at Kunst Haus Wien since 2022, where she in charge of developing the exhibition program. Prior to that, she was an assistant curator at the same institution, as well as a collaborator on the photography festival Foto Wien. Additionally, she has curated dozens of independent projects in galleries, off-spaces, and exhibition spaces. Sophie Haslinger has a master’s degree in art history and communication studies from the University of Vienna, and was a curatorial research fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. She regularly writes for exhibition catalogs, art books, and magazines.

Lucia Pietroiusti

»Songs for the Changing Seasons«

Lucia Pietroiusti is Head of Ecologies at Serpentine, London. As a curator, Pietroiusti works at the intersection of art, ecology and systems, often outside of the exhibition space. She was the founder of Serpentine’s General Ecology project (2018-ongoing) and the curator of Sun & Sea (Lithuanian Pavilion, 2019 Venice Biennale and 2019-25 tour), 8th Biennale Gherdeïna (with Filipa Ramos), Back to Earth (Serpentine, 2020-2022), The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (also with Filipa Ramos) and Infinite Ecologies Marathon (2023-2024). Recent publications include More-than-Human (with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier) and Microhabitable (with Fernando García-Dory). A publication tracing six years of The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish is forthcoming with Hatje Cantz in 2024.

Filipa Ramos

»Songs for the Changing Seasons«

Filipa Ramos, PhD,is Lecturer at the Arts Institute of the HGK/FHNW, Basel. She is curator of the Art Basel Film sector and a founding curator of the online artists’ cinema Vdrome. Ongoing and upcoming projects include BESTIARI, the Catalan representation at the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (Spring 2024) and the festival The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (since 2018, with Lucia Pietroiusti). In 2022, she curated the 8th Biennale Gherdëina (with Lucia Pietroiusti). In 2021, she co-curated Bodies of Water, the 13th Shanghai Biennale (with Andrés Jaque, Lucia Pietroiusti, Marina Otero Verzier and Mi You). Ramos was Editor-in-Chief of e-flux criticism (2013-20), Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal (2009-11) and contributed for Documenta 13 (2012) and 14 (2017). She authored Lost and Found and edited Animals. Her upcoming book, The Artist as Ecologist, will be published in 2024.

Andreas Krištof

»Siemens Art Commission«

Christine Haupt-Stummer

»Siemens Art Commission«


Dorothea Trappel

Project Management
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Hektor Peljak

Exhibition Production
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Stephan Kuss

Exhibition Production
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Laleh Monsef

Outreach & Education
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Sophie Halder

Project Management
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Joe Messner

Technical Supervisor
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Jonathan Pala

Technical Support Festival
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Lina Binder

Internship Events

Hannah Horn

Internship Production


Alexandra Guth

Communication & Press

Malina Schartmüller

Campaign Management

Irene Wolfram

Digital Communication


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