Often containing performance and proposal simultaneously, Seth Weiner’s work employs a wide range of media in which he explores the gaps between architectural fiction and social convention to create both actual and imagined spatial environments. In 2008, Weiner began the music project of Sadie Siegel, using his great-grandmother’s name to collaborate with himself and explore sound as an extension of touch, expression of space, and a way to create impossible places.
Weiner has worked process-based and collaboratively with Untitled Collective (co-founded in Los Angeles, 2010-2012), Gruppe Uno Wien, and from 2012-2018 served as the Co-Artistic Director of Berlin-based Care Of Editions, a conceptual business model in the form of a record label.
Since 2018, Weiner has been the Artistic Director of Palais des Beaux Arts Wien, a nonprofit museum-like entity that serves as a mobile place of remembrance and projection for what was lost during National Socialism. During his time as director, Weiner has focused on commissioning artworks that deal with the history of Atelier Bachwitz, a Jewish-owned publishing house that was once located at the Palais des Beaux Arts building in Vienna before it was Aryanized. Being Jewish, Weiner’s work on the Palais functions as an ongoing act of reclamation and a way to explore what that identity means in contemporary Austria.
Weiner has taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, UdK Berlin, the Art Institute of Hollywood Los Angeles, Webster University Vienna, and is currently a lecturer in the Space and Design Strategies department at the University of Art and Design in Linz.
He studied architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles (2010), drawing and painting at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005) and sound at the Center for the Creation of Music Iannis Xenakis in Paris (2006). In 2020, he received a Vienna State Scholarship for Fine Arts (Staatsstipendium Bildende Kunst), and has work in the paper collection of the Museum of Applied Arts Vienna (MAK), MUSA -Art Collection of the City of Vienna (with Palais des Beaux Arts Wien), Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, and the private collections of Deborah DiCapua, Sergio Bromberg, Adam Peña, and Volker Straebel.
Weiner’s work has been exhibited at the MAK Museum Vienna, Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival Los Angeles, Wien Museum – MUSA, Kunstraum Niederösterreich Vienna, Xhibit – Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, Parallel Art Fair Vienna, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz, Los Angeles Barnsdale Municipal Gallery, Venice 6114, LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Planning, (CAC) Contemporary Art Center Gallery at the University of California Irvine, Voralberg Museum Bregenz, Villa Elisabeth Berlin, Demon’s Mouth Oslo, LTMKS Project Space -Malonioji 6 Vilnius, 555 Gallery Detroit, MAK Center Los Angeles, Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, and The Luminary in St. Louis, among others.