EIKON is a quality international quarterly exploring photography and media art. Ever since its founding in 1991, the magazine has featured well-researched articles as well as extensive illustrations in each issue, around 90 pages in length. The journal published in German and English also runs its own exhibition space EIKON Schaufenster, a remarkable platform for Austrian and international artists.
Interview with editor-in-chief Nela Eggenberger
Who are you?
I am a publisher, a concept developer and (unfortunately) a perfectionist.
What are your fields of activity?
I am responsible for contents and the editorial process, including such things as colour co-ordination and the approval of sheets for the printing works. Besides, there are many more activities reaching beyond the management of a publishing house. For instance, we are two people organising exhibitions, publishing art editions and co-operating with institutions abroad such as various photography festivals.
How do you reach your goals?
With a dose of humour, creativity, altruistic commitment and a healthy distance to a reality which only follows neo-liberal interests.
What challenges do you face?
Mostly they’re about working with a chronically tight budget and still obtaining the best possible results in terms of quality.
What is important to you?
I want to create something that endures our fast-paced times, contributes to the discourse, and expresses my own convictions.
How big is your team?
The editorial team is made up of two people, Pia Draskovits and me. However, freelancers, volunteers and suppliers contribute to the production of the magazine. Each issue involves the work of approximately 40 people, including writers.
Since when have you been at Q21?
I have worked here for nine years, but EIKON has been here since the foundation of Q21 in 2002.
A perfect work day starts with…
…a lot of sunshine tickling your nose on the way to the office across the MQ premises.
In cooperation with viennacontemporary and EIKON, Q21 awards a residency stipend as part of the Artist-in-Residence Programme of Q21/MQ. The prize grants this year's winner Laura Schawelka to work and live for two months in one of the nine Artist studios in the MuseumsQuartier Wien in 2020.
Artist-in-Residence in Oct/Nov 2019: Tomoko Kawai (JPN)
Valter Ventura was Artist-in-Residence in January 2019 and talks with EIKON's Nela Eggenberger about his work.
Andrea Palašti is an interdisciplinary artist from Serbia whose works focus on photography and film. Her artistic projects such as "A Walk Through the Zoo" or "Sculpture Study: For Bretteldorf" are assemblages of archives that develop a discourse on history, our relationship with animals, and everyday life.