Forum Artistic Research


The conference is hosted by the Gustav Mahler Private University for Music (GMPU) Klagenfurt, Austria. The main venue is the Neuer Saal of the GMPU Concert House, located in Mießtaler Str. 8. The Neuer Saal is used for the talks and performative / concertant presentations. Fixed media elements (sound, video, audio-visual) outside the presentation slot will be scheduled for display at the Center Stage of kä, neighbouring the GMPU. Center Stage features a two channel video display, and a multi-channel sound system (Ikosaeder loudspeaker and hemisphere).

Gustav Mahler Private University for Music (GMPU)

The Gustav Mahler Private University for Music (GMPU) in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is an academic institution of the state of Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost state at the intersection of the Alps-Adriatic region that connects cultures and language communities. Founded on a long history of music education and emerging from the Carinthian State Conservatory, the Mahler university is a young and thriving institution that stands for variety, internationality and diversity.


License: CC BY-SA 4.0 Johann Jaritz


The GMPU’s address is Mießtaler Straße 8, 9020 Klagenfurt. The kä is located next to it.


Klagenfurt, the charming capital of the Carinthia region in southern Austria, is a city that seamlessly combines a rich history with contemporary vibrancy. The city’s history dates back to the 12th century, and remnants of its medieval past are evident in the well-preserved architecture of the historic district. The landmark Lindwurm statue, symbolising a dragon, prominently stands in the central square, Alter Platz, and is a testament to Klagenfurt’s legendary founding tale.

Klagenfurt is a cultural hub with museums, galleries, and theatres. The City Gallery, Robert Musil Literature Museum, the Carinthian Museum of Modern Art (MMKK) and the kä are just a few of the venues that invite visitors with a diverse range of exhibits. During the symposium, the traditional Festival of German-Language Literature is also taking place, culminating in the award of the Ingeborg Bachmann prize, named after the famous Austrian writer who was born in Klagenfurt.

The city’s borders the Lake Wörthersee, making it a popular holiday destination. The lake along with the surrounding mountains provides a scenic backdrop for various recreational activities, such as open-air events and performances.

dragon License: CC BY-SA 3.0 Hrald


Most locations in Klagenfurt are walkable, for example you can walk from the train station to the Mahler university in ten minutes, or otherwise take one of the bus lines A, C, 4 to ‘Landesregierung’, the closest stop to the GMPU.


As Klagenfurt is a buzzing tourist hub, and Forum Artistic Research takes place during the well known Bachmann Prize, Festival of German-Language Literature, we urge participants to book their accommodation as early as possible, and also consider locations farther away from the centre! If you wish to be put into contact with other symposium participants for shared bookings, please send us an e-mail with this request, and we will make the connection.

If booking with the Carintia Stadthotel (located right next to the venue), please ask for a rate as “Teilnehmer*in GMPU”, as they may offer special conditions (subject to availability):

Carinthia Stadthotel (4 stars)
8. Mai Straße 39–41
+43 463 511645
4 minutes walk to GMPU

We suggest also this second option for the accomodation:

Ibis Styles Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Viktringer Ring 28
+43 463 890220
8 minutes walk to GMPU

A bit further away:

Alpen.Adria Stadthotel
Waidmannsdorfer Straße 57
+43 463 249545
24 minutes walk to GMPU