Team & Contact

Peter Lorenz

already has been working as assistant director in theatre and opera  (including Scottish Opera, Vancouver Opera, Cologne Opera, Theater St. Gallen, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik and Bayreuther Festspiele) while studying applied theatre studies in Glasgow. In addition, the young Tyrolean director and theater-maker has developed his own productions and experimental performances in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he co-founded the Street Arts Festival Mostar in 2012. His works move between contemporary theatre, sound performances and spatial installations. In 2017, he adapted Elfriede Jelinek’s BAMBILAND as a one-woman performance at the James Arnott Theatre in Glasgow, and in 2018 he staged Gerhild Steinbuch’s HERR MIT SONNENBRILLE at the Theater diemonopol in Innsbruck, where he also redeveloped his solo choreography TIME DUST from the Ruins of Mostar for the Austrian premiere. Most recently, he designed the costumes and set design for the world premiere of Christian Spitzenstaetter’s opera STILLHANG at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl, which was awarded the Austrian Music Theatre Prize. In 2020, Peter directed the Scottish-Canadian co-production MORAG YOU’RE A LONG TIME DEID and received a working scholarship from the state of Tyrol to write a new play.

Nicola di Croce

(proposed by the Magic Carpets partner organization Latitudo from Rome) is an architect, musician, sound artist and scientist whose research is situated between urban planning and sound studies. His research focuses on collaborative and participatory approaches to the analysis and design of new urban policies. He develops practice-oriented techniques by combining methods of sound studies with sound art. Nicola’s work consists of active and critical listening to urban soundscapes, which serve him as knowledge carriers to understand urban problems and to explore new ways of regeneration, participatory decision-making processes and local developments. He holds a doctorate in regional planning and politics and is currently a postdoctoral and research fellow at the Iuav University in Venice.


Philipp Schwaderer & Jan Contala

are students of architecture and designers, they live and work in Innsbruck. Their field of expertise is the experimental generation of forms, whereby they have specialized in new technologies. They explore possible applications for robotics in architecture and design artistic installations for the dialogues of digital-analogue and virtual-real. Their work has been exhibited at the Ars Electronica 2018 and in Freies Theater Innsbruck’s funding program Vorbrenner 2020.


Stefan Rasberger

graphic designer and photographer, born 1981 in Rum, graduated from the Advertising Design Academy and studied art history (Mag.phil) in Innsbruck. Since 2003 self-employed as graphic designer. In 2012 he opened a small graphic design office together with his wife Johanna, focusing on book/catalogue design and pictogram development. Small side project (also together with Johanna): The food blog Stefan’s great passion besides graphic design is architectural photography. Artistic photographic works can be found on instagram: stadtbild.innsbruck


Eleni Palles

works with architectural firms and theatres, participates in design competitions, exhibits her work, edits and designs printed matter, publishes texts in magazines and teaches. She is inspired by urban fabrics, vague terrain, transitional landscapes, early machines, urban and social utopias. Her creative practice focuses on installations with a strong architectural character. Spaces in which time slows down and changes, so that fictional and historical narratives merge with the viewer’s own experience and memory. As environments, they involve the viewer both physically and psychologically and promote shifts in consciousness through the ephemeral worlds they create. She currently teaches at the Institute for Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck while working on her doctorate.


ludwig technique

(also known as Johannes Payr) is a cross-media concept and performance artist. He describes himself as a “media-agnostic universal dilettante”, who generally works in very different fields: from software development to normal construction sites to theatre productions (both on and off stage). A differentiation between “art” and “work” is therefore, according to his own statement, “actually not possible” for him, he prefers a holistic approach to life, the universe and all the rest.Thematically, he often works with recursive systems (e.g. feedback loops), just as the human body and the central nervous system is one. Currently, he is mainly concerned with action and perception in the context of space and society. “For me, art is a way of shifting the boundaries of collective perception, and thus an expression of the human urge to research, almost science”.


Danijela Oberhofer Tonković

is a cultural manager, producer and curator with international experience in interdisciplinary art and culture projects. In 2011, she founded the Zagreb-based creative agency Lab 852 d.o.o. with the aim of offering consulting, management, production and advertising services in the field of culture. She holds a university degree in cultural tourism and sustainability from the University of Rijeka (Croatia) and a diploma in cultural management from the Institute for Cultural Concepts in Vienna. Previously she worked in the field of cultural programming, production and PR for various concert halls, festivals and institutions such as MSU – Museum of Contemporary Art, (Zagreb), Konzerthaus Tvornica Kulture (Zagreb), record label – Dancing Bear Records (Warner Bros Records), as editor of the independent art and culture web portal never2much. info, as well as for festivals such as La Locura Tango Festival Innsbruck, Donaufestival Krems, Terraneo Music Festival, Festival of Croatian Music in Vienna and others. Since 2018, she has been working for openspace.innsbruck with her long experience in EU cooperation projects on the international cooperation and curation of the Magic Carpet Creative Europe Platform project.


Charly Walter

is founder and managing director of openspace.innsbruck and chairman of the board of directors of Premierentage Innsbruck – a festival for contemporary art in Innsbruck and the surrounding area. He is known for his creative work at the interface between art, design and architecture, which has contributed significantly to the development and support of the local cultural scene.


The Doing Group

is an international performance collective founded in Glasgow in 2015 by six theatre practitioners who now live and work across the UK, Finland, USA, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Their shared fascination with constant questioning through performative creation brings us together from a variety of backgrounds in street theatre, dance, clowning, theatre studies, opera, foreign exchange, dramaturgy, stage design and direction. Thus we form a strong team with versatile skills and experiences, always trying to develop new performance formats. We have already successfully explored the themes of urban ecology (Rain Is Liquid Sunshine, 2016-18), global work (Elsewheres, 2017), myth (A Home For Nessie, 2017), energy ([un]physical things, 2017) and speculative futures (Future Currents, 2018), which have been presented amongst others at the James Arnos Theatre, the Centre for Contemporary Arts and Tramway in Glasgow and Temporary in Helsinki.



MAGIC CARPETS is a four-year international program for the promotion of emerging artists in all fields. The project is supported within the framework of “Creative Europe” of the EuropeN Commission and enables artists to spend time abroad all over Europe. The primary goal of this “Artist in Residence” program is to establish a platform for the exchange of talent. The artists invited to the residency are involved in the cultural life of the respective host city by numerous partner institutions. Their ideas and expertise enable a synthesis of local and global perspectives on reality. The resulting works of art become a vehicle of encounter and exchange to drive current discourses.

The Magic Carpets project involves a total of 15 cultural and art institutions from EU member states and EU accession candidates. Austria has been represented in the project by the initiative “openspace.innsbruck – Verein zur Förderung der Alltagskultur” since 2018. The international partner institutions are: EVA International (Limerick, Ireland), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone, Great Britain), Ideias Emergentes – Imerge (Porto, Portugal), LAB 852 (Zagreb, Croatia), Latitudo S.r.l. (Rome, Italy), META Cultural Foundation (Bucharest, Romania), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Novo KulturnoNaselje (Novi Sad, Serbia), Prague Biennale (Prague, Czech Republic), Tbilisi Photo Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia), KUNSTrePUBLIKe. V. / ZK/U (Berlin, Germany), Jam Factory Art Center (Lviv, Ukraine), Trempolino (Nantes, France), Kaunas Biennale (Kaunas, Lithuania), openspace.innsbruck (Innsbruck, Austria).



Peter Lorenz
The Doing Group

Danijela Oberhofer Tonkovic