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Four artists travel around Austria together. In the process, they not only rediscover a country but also soak up experiences that will provide them with moments of lasting inspiration. They enthusiastically set about enjoying their own adventures and creating their own artistic interpretations. For it's all those little things in life and the often fleeting impressions that give way to fantastic ideas, ideas that will in their own way enrich each person for a long time to come.

Christina Zauner © Österreich Werbung / Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek Christina Zauner © Österreich Werbung / Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Christina – the Dancer

Dance has accompanied Christina Zauner throughout her whole life. She began dancing at the age of four; when she was twelve she decided she wanted to train as a professional dancer, and three years ago the 22-year-old Upper Austrian completed her studies in “Contemporary Dance and Ballet” at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität. “During my training, I became interested in aerial acrobatics," she recalls. She has performed in this capacity on numerous stages both in Austria and abroad. “At the Vienna State Oper, I got to fly through the air on a crystal chandelier.” Travelling is part of the job for a dancer and Christina has seen a lot of places. One unforgettable experience was a performance on the Arlberg: “Lech was a particular highlight for me, dancing on the mountain and flying through the air on the ring – an experience I will never forget and a moment that still inspires me.”

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Tom Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Tom Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner

Tom - the Musician

Tom O’Marsh is a native Londoner and studied classical and Latin percussion. He spent seven years in Berlin before he discovered what is now his adopted home: Vienna. “I can really develop as a musician here and live out my creativity as an artist. The various art scenes blend together in this city, which for me is an invaluable source of inspiration.” When he is not in his recording studio, Tom tours the world as a drummer. As a songwriter, he collects experiences and captures moods that he later works into his music. Such as at Lake Attersee, which he discovered only a few years ago: “The first time I saw it I was pretty much bowled over by this landscape with its own special charm: the quiet, turquoise lake with the towering mountains in the background. It’s a place that really takes your breath away.”

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  • Vier Künstler © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Vier Künstler © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Arlberg © Arlberg Arlberg © Arlberg
  • Arlberg © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Arlberg © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Christina Zauner and Tom O. Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Christina Zauner and Tom O. Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Old schoolhouse © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Old schoolhouse © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Christina Zauner, Tom O. Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Christina Zauner, Tom O. Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Hotel Altstadt Vienna, Tom O. Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Hotel Altstadt Vienna, Tom O. Marsh © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
Markus Gasser © Österreich Werbung / Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek Markus Gasser © Österreich Werbung / Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Markus - the Director

Markus Gasser is a freelance director with his own production firm in Vienna. The East Tirol native came to the Austrian capital for his studies and stayed. He studied “Film, Film Theory and New Media” at Vienna’s Kunstschule and gained practical experience along the way doing post-production on various short films. Travel is something Markus does not only as part of his job but also in his leisure time. “Travelling brings people together and has an incredible influence on one’s creative work,” he says. In Austria he greatly appreciates the wide variety of landscapes and people. “There are constantly new and different situations that I experience and that I’m subconsciously influenced by. Experiences, conversations and places – all special to me.” His last film project took him to Bad Gastein. “Our hosts there were fascinating personalities, and the architecture and surroundings were very memorable and inspirational.”

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Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek © Österreich Werbung / Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek © Österreich Werbung / Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Daniel - the Photographer

Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek was born in Innsbruck and divides his time between Vienna and Berlin. Before he became a freelance photographer he worked for Magnum in New York City. His photography is artistic but never artificial. He creates authentic, unvarnished images that show the true essence of his subjects. Numerous art publications in Europe, Asia and America have featured his works. His first book, “The World We Live In”, received a “PDN Photo Annual” award. His photographs can be seen in his Vienna studio in the city’s second district. Koekkoek is currently curating an exhibition at Vienna’s Hotel am Brillantengrund that takes a look at the quintessentially Austrian brand of humour. “This subtle wit known as “Schmäh” is very typical of Austria – just like the unexcited Gemütlichkeit I appreciate so much.”

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Manfred Tement © Österreich Werbung / Nikolaus Sauer Manfred Tement © Österreich Werbung / Nikolaus Sauer

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Villa Verdin © Österreich Werbung / Eva Mayrhuber Villa Verdin © Österreich Werbung / Eva Mayrhuber

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Sandra Tretter, Gustav Klimt Centre © Österreich Werbung / Eva Mayrhuber Sandra Tretter, Gustav Klimt Centre © Österreich Werbung / Eva Mayrhuber

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Local Host Ben Krischke and Lilli Hollein © Österreich Werbung / Nikolaus Sauer Local Host Ben Krischke and Lilli Hollein © Österreich Werbung / Nikolaus Sauer

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