Michael Bachhofer is best known for his ultra-high-resolution, large-format photographs, each consisting of thousands of individual photos, that are often taken through the microscope. He studied multiple subjects at six universities and spent an overseas year at the Tokyo University of the Arts where he focused on art anatomy and photography. Michael works in the field intersecting art, science, technology, and society. His work has been shown in some major museums in Vienna and at international art festivals such as the Ostrale in Dresden, the Klanglichtfestival in Graz (repeatedly) and the NordArt in BĂĽdelsdorf, as well as in magazines such as European Photography. He received the annual scholarship in fine arts by the State of Carinthia in 2018, as well as several project grants from the BKA, MA7, the State of Carinthia and the Valletta Fundation. Michael has been an invited artist at the JRC of the European Commission in 2018.

Occationally he supports stage design of musical and opera productions with projections and animations to extend the physical capabilities and spatial impression on stage.


Personal Info
Michael Bachhofer, born in Friesach/Carinthia, grown up in the Styrian mountains, lives and works in Neumarkt in STMK and in Vienna, Austria

+43 (0) 670 400 09 07
michaelbachhofer{at}gmx{dot}net (artistic) (scientific)

Education (selection)
2022 -
University of Applied Arts Vienna - Department for Digital and Media Art, Science Visualization Lab, PhD project: development of an ultra-highresolution 3D scanner for insects based on photogrammetry and AI technologies

2012 - 2013
Tokyo University of the Arts - Art Anatomy, Photography, Kendo
Overseas Year

2010 - 2013
University of Applied Arts Vienna - Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art,
Department for Art & Science
graduated with distinction: June 2013 - MA

1997 - 2008
University of Vienna, Biology / Ecology
graduated with distinction: December 2008 - Mag.rer.nat. equal to MSc

1996 - 1998
Graz University of Technology, Electrical Engineering

Exhibitions (selection)
* KĂĽnstlerhaus Klagenfurt/AT - Mitgliederausstellung 2022
* photo graz 022, Graz/AT - photo graz 022. Biennale der steirischen Fotokunst
* Stadtturmgalerie GmĂĽnd/AT - Maria Sibylla MERIAN

*KĂĽnstlerhaus Klagenfurt/AT - Mitgliederausstellung 2021
*Klanglicht Graz/AT - feminitiv (in cooperation with Karin Watabe-Wolfger and Karl Wratscko)
*photo graz 020, Graz/AT - photo graz 020. Biennale der steirischen Fotokunst
*Kleine Galerie des KĂĽnstlerhaus Klagenfurt/AT - Die Neuen
*Raum für Fotografie, Klagenfurt/AT – #BeAButterflyyourself

*public space „Stadtstrand“, Marchegg/AT – Butterfly-Park (solo, permanent installationen)
*public space „Freie Mitte“, Wien/AT – Butterfly-Park (solo, permanent installationen)
*public space “Praterstern“ – Installation Nordbahnhof (solo, one year)

*Vienna Art Week, Vienna/AT - #BeAButterflyYourself (solo)
*Bundesministerium für Landes­verteidigung (Ministry of Defense), Vienna/AT - Retro- and Prospective (solo)
*21.NordArt, Büdelsdorf/DE - (Butter)Fly´s Eye Cam, Me, #BeAButterflyYourself

*European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta/MLT - Science in the City (in cooperation with Dr. Stefan Resch)
*RAIBA Neumarkt/AT - Retro (solo)
*Fumes and Perfumes, Stuttgart/DE - 5.0 (will run until June 2019)
*NHM (Naturhistorisches Museum), Vienna/AT - Our place in space
*Klanglicht Festival, Graz/AT - Ich bin viele Gesichter (Rossegger Monument) - (in cooperation with Karl Wratscko and Next Liberty Theater)

*LOLA LIK, Amsterdam/NL - Feel it fill it
*MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), Vienna/AT - photo::vienna
*offSpace Galerie Panoptikum, Gilgenberg/AT - Werkschau(en)
*Haus der Fotografie, Vienna/AT - Infrarot

*Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna/AT - Sources of Construction (Eyes On - Month of Photography & Vienna Art Week)(solo)
*Hotel Altstadt, Vienna/AT - Cognitive Self Portrait
*OSTRALE´O16, Dresden/DE - error: X (in cooperation with Karl Wratschko and Aleksandra Kolodziejczyk)

*Stadtmuseum Neuoetting/DE - Das GlĂĽck liegt auf der StraĂźe -
Der Urbane Raum/Urban Space

*KMG Art Gallery, Vienna/AT - Sebstportrait 2014/Self Portrait 2014
*Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna/AT - Stitching Nature (solo)
*University of Technology Vienna/AT - Wunderkammer 2014/Cabinet of curiosities 2014

*Artos Foundation, Nicosia/CYP - X-Dream
*Ausarten, Vienna/AT - Das Exponential (during Vienna Art Week) - (in cooperation with Dr. Eduard Rysavy and Dr. Martin Wildenberg)
*KĂĽnstlerhaus, Vienna/AT - The Essence 13
*[hu: fak off] space / Aula of the University of Applied Art Vienna/AT - observation_1 (solo of kino_observateur)

*KĂĽnstlerhaus, Vienna/AT - The Essence 12
*Kunstraum Wien Mitte, Vienna/AT - Art & Science Ontologies

*NHM (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien), Vienna/AT - Things that talk (Vienna Art Week)

Art Fairs
*JustMad-X, Madrid/ES - (represented by Galerie Panoptikum)
*Huntenkunst, Ulft/NL - (Collective Ă–L)
*Art Bodensee, Dornbirn/AT - (represented by Galerie Reinthaler)
*Art Austria / Leopoldmuseum at MQ Vienna/AT - (represented by Galerie Reinthaler)
*Viennafair, Vienna/AT (represented by Galerie Reinthaler)

Projections and video animations - supporting stage design
2022 (première: 13th of Nov 2022)
*Oper Graz/AT - Frau Holle (Musical - stage design: Mignon Ritter - stage production: Maximilian Achatz)

*Oper Graz/AT - Robin Hood (Family Musical - stage design & costume: Alexia Redl - stage production: Michael Schilhan)-> compilation on YouTube

*Oper Cheminitz/DE - Bei der Feuerwehr wird der Kaffee kalt (Family Musical -stage design & costume: Alexia Redl - stage production: Alexander Kuchinka) -> compilation on YouTube
*Oper Cheminitz/DE - Die Zauberflöte (Opera - stage design & costume: Alexia Redl - stage production: Michael Schilhan) -> compilation on YouTube

Artist in residence, grants and awards
*Project grant by the State of Carinthia / Land Kärnten Kultur
*Project grant for the offSpace 'OpenCave' by the City of Vienna - MA7

*Project grant for the offSpace 'OpenCave' by the City of Vienna - MA7

*Exhibition and Artist in Residence at Moriumius (Ogatsu/Japan), co-funded by Ă–sterreichisches Kulturforum Tokio and Moriumius (cancled because of COVID-19)
*Annual promotion for the offSpace 'OpenCave' by the City of Vienna - MA7

*Annual promotion for the offSpace 'OpenCave' by the City of Vienna - MA7

*One-year scholarship in fine art by the State of Carinthia / Land Kärnten Kultur
*Invited Artist at the JRC Art & Science Summerschool of the European Commission in Ispra / Italy
*Project grants by the City of Vienna - MA7, the State of Carinthia and Valletta 2018 Foundation

*JERKfilms Contest - Emerging Artists Project 2016
*FRAMOS Young Art Collection Award
*Grant by the Federal Chancellery of Austria

*ResArt (Nicosia/Cyprus)- funded by Artos Foundation together with the Austrian Embassy and the University of Applied Arts Vienna
*Auslandstipendium University of Applied Arts Vienna

*Auslandstipendium University of Applied Arts Vienna

*Collection of the Central Bank of Austria / Sammlung der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank
*bene-Stiftung / bene foundation
*serveral works are in private collections

Bachhofer M. (2017) 'Troides helena - Butterflies are super nice' in Andreas Müller-Pohle (Editor) 'Talking Photography – 100 Pictures that Tell a Story.', European Photography Nr.100, 37(2): 5

Bachhofer M., Rysavy E., Wildenberg M. (2014) 'Projekt Metatron - Die erste Posaune' in Dombois F., Klein J., Bast G., Peters S. 'Out of the Box. 10 Fragen an kĂĽnstlerische Forschung', Verlag Angewandte, (ISBN-10: 3200033827),

Wildenberg M., Bachhofer M., Isak K.G.Q., Skov F. (2013) 'Use and evaluation of FCM as a tool for long term socio ecological research' in Papageorgiou, E. (Editor) 'Fuzzy Cognitive maps for Applied Sciences and Engineering', Intelligent Systems Reference Library: Springer, (ISBN-10: 3642397387)

Reckien, D., Wildenberg M. and Bachhofer M. (2012) 'Subjective realities of climate change - How mental maps of impacts deliver socially sensible adaptation options', Journal of Sustainability Science, 8(2):159-172

Deifel V., Kräftner B., Widrich V. (Editors.) (2011) 'An envelope for arts, sciences, politics and us', Edition Angewandte: Springer Vienna, (ISBN-10: 3709109892)

Wildenberg, M., Bachhofer, M., Adamescu, M., De Blust, G., Diaz-Delgado, R., Isak, K., Skov, F., Varjopuro, R. (2010)' Linking thoughts to flows - Fuzzy cognitive mapping as tool for integrated landscape modelling.' Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Integrative Landscape Modelling – Linking environmental, social and computer sciences. Symposcience, Cemagref, Cirad, Ifremer, Inra, Montpellier.

Wildenberg M., Bachhofer M., Adamescu M., De Blust G., Diaz-Delgado R., Isak K., Skov F., Varjopuro R. 'Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping as tool for social-ecological research and environmental management: experience from six European case studies', Journal of Environmental Management - resubmitted