Hotel Morphila Orchester
In 1978, Peter Weibel (vocals, lyrics) and Loys Egg (composition, guitar) founded Hotel Morphila Orchester, as one of the first fine artists bands in Vienna. The other band members were Paul Braunsteiner, painter and lead guitarist of the well-known Austrian rock group Novaks Kapelle, Günther Dinold, bassist of the Worried Men Skiffle Group, and Reinhard Blank, advertising designer and self-taught drummer, and later Franz Machek (bass), Wolfgang Stelzer (drums) and Franz Dorfner (bass). The band’s name, which alludes to the largely defunct tradition of hotel orchestras, is intended to arouse sick, morbid associations:
»The hotel name, hinting at notions like morbid, morphine, Morpheus (god of dreams and sleep), Mephistopheles, morph (figure), Godzilla etc., points to the hotel’s character, guests and music: monster rock from energy machines, hot hammer-and-phase melodies floating like gas-filled zeppelins, music of heavy water, primary rock, music of the metropolis, ’crazy crash music’, neon rock, code breakers, hospital music for patients of all kinds« (Peter Weibel, 1979).
The band initially survived until 1982 and had a comeback from 2011 on, playing a number of concerts and also performing at Vienna’s Museum of the 21st Century in 2015 on the occasion of Weibel’s solo show.
1944 born in Odessa, lives in Vienna and Karlsruhe
Studied French literature, film and comparative literature, medicine and later mathematics with a focus on logic
From 1976 taught inter alia at the College (now University) of Applied Arts Vienna, the College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, and Kassel Polytechnic (Gesamthochschule).
Since 1984 Professor of Visual Media Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
1984–1989 Associate Professor for Video and Digital Arts at the Department for Media Study, State University of New York in Buffalo, N. Y., where he set up the Digital Arts Laboratory
1989–1994 Established and headed the Institute for New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main
1999–2019 Director of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
2017 Foundation of the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, to which Weibel has donated his archive
1947 born in Bern
Studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
1972–1984 Taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
1989 Withdrew from the art market, work as graphic artist