Regional Express

Regional Express

A living heritage project for the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 by Petra Ardai, Ella Raidel, and Marlene Rutzendorfer.

The train in motion as a narrator, time travelers, and the landscape as cinema.

The regional train and the surrounding landscape from Gmunden to Bad Aussee serve as the stage for this audiovisual docu-fiction. Memories of humans and non-humans retell the story of the Salzkammergut from multiple perspectives. Passengers can hear a conversation between the Train, the Mountain, and the Traunsee Mermaid, interwoven with stories of the local population.

Amsterdam-based documentary theater maker and scenario writer Petra Ardai interviewed locals to create a docu-fiction narrative about how the landscape, the salt, and the industry formed the region. Which powers shaped structures that are still present? What is the place of tradition in the future? 

The train journey is divided into five excursions. You can hop op in Gmunden, Ebensee, Bad Ischl, Hallstatt and Bad Aussee. The audio-visual material is arranged according to the scenery. Renowned actress and narrator Chris Lohner, the official voice of all railway stations in Austria, accompanies us on this imaginary journey in the role of the Train. The experience can be accessed via the QR code below and from March 2024 via the Salzkammergut Culture Guide App. Bring your headphones to listen to the story.

Access the story from here.

In August 2024, the story continues as a cinematic virtual reality experience directed by filmmaker Ella Raidel. The Cine VR  takes the audience into caves, mines, and landscapes around the Salzkammergut region in 360° videos. This immersive journey can be viewed through VR glasses provided at the venues.

Estonian Composer Sander Saarmets collected sounds in participatory workshops with people from the region. Susi Jirkuff’s distinct, delicate line drawings connect the audio-visual experience of Regional Express through various media on the App, website, and graphic design.

Marlene Rutzendorfer is the curator, producer, and researcher of the project. Having grown up in the region, she not only coordinated the international team of multidisciplinary artists working on Regional Express but also established a close connection to the area by involving an extensive network of locals.


Instagram: #regionalexpress2024


“Austria’s Salzkammergut bets on arts, culture to reboot region in 2024,” by Ong Sor Fern, The Straits Times Singapore, 14.02.2024.  Link

Moshammer, Mariella. ”Geschichten von Riesenkraken, während der See vorbeifließt.“ Volksblatt, 22.01.2024, Link

A preview of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl 2024 and the project Regional Express, in „Schaufenster,“ Die Presse, Philipp, Norbert. 15.12.2023, Regional Express is an audio-visual experience on the train and in cine virtual reality for the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl 2024 by Petra Ardai, Ella Raidel, and Marlene Rutzendorfer. Link

Lebensg’schichten: Ella Raidel, Video portrait, Salzi TV, produced by Melanie Jungwirth. Link




Ella Raidel // Zong Ning 宗宁

Kuratorin: Dr. Alexandra Grimmer

Ausstellungsdauer: 1.6.2023 bis 20.6.2023

Öffnungszeiten: Dienstag bis Freitag 13-18Uhr, Samstag 10-15 Uhr

Loft8 Galerie, Radetzkystr. 4, 1030 Vienna

INTERVIEW WITH ELLA RAIDEL / Les Nouveaux Riches Magazine

Eine österreichische Filmemacherin, Foto- und Installationskünstlerin und ein chinesischer Fotokünstler treffen sich in der Loft 8 Galerie: Das Thema ist, wie in der Vergangenheit in Projekten der Kuratorin bereits vorgekommen ist, China. Dieses Mal allerdings von der Seite des Scheins, der Täuschung und der Kommerzialisierung von Grund und Boden – sowie der Rekonstruktion und Übersteigerung der

Of Haunted Spaces – The Films of Ella Raidel

Of Haunted Spaces – The Films of Ella Raidel

Of Haunted Spaces, The films of Ella Raidel,

Cinema, Heterotopias, and China’s Hyperurbanization

Edited by Ute Meta Bauer

with contributions from Itty Abraham, Ute Meta Bauer, Marlene Rutzendorfer, and Yu Weiying

As amalgams of the different spatial logics of other places, reassembled by globalization and the fantasies of real estate development, cities today are becoming what Michel Foucault has termed heterotopias. Assemblies of ruins, theme parks, entirely copied towns, simulacra, business districts on a globalized template, reconstructed historic districts, settlements, and ghost towns are finding a new expression in the contemporary world. Nowhere has this become more visible recently than in China and in areas under China’s developmental influence. Copied cities, ghost cities, and large-scale Chinese investments in Africa are heterotopias because they contain the idea of accumulating different times, cultures, and countries within one place, just as a theme park contains all these different place experiences in a bounded zone outside of its own time and culture.

Ella Raidel has explored these phenomena through film and cinematic virtual reality, and this artist’s book reviews reflect the last two decades of her award-winning work. In Ella Raidel’s films, urbanism and architecture, theory, politics, social change, and image production are intertextually presented, opening a discursive space for investigation and commentary. This book will be interesting for art and film practitioners and students of architecture, film, urbanization, and infrastructure, especially those who see cinema as a way of exploring these subjects.

Order here: NUS PRESS

Published by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-18-5893-2

Distributed by NUS Press Singapore

Editor: Ute Meta Bauer

Designer: Swell Design Singapore

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore


Book Review:

Geistergegenwart, RAY Filmmagazin 12/23+01/24, pp.68-73

Text und Interview – Andreas Ungerböck, LINK

A comprehensive and detailed book review spanning six pages in Ray Filmmagazin.

Eine umfassende und detaillierte Buchrezension über sechs Seiten im Ray Filmmagazin.

Speculative Documents

Speculative Documents

BLICKLE KINO, Belvedere 21

Sunday, 26. February 2023, 11:30 + 15:30


Artists Moving Images from Southeast Asia

A short film program curated by Ella Raidel/ NTU in cooperation with Marlene Rutzendorfer/Movies in Wonderland and Claudia Slanar/ Belvedere 21

Speculative Documents

The films in this program draw on the leitmotif of speculative documents, factual objects tempered with fantasy, fabulation, and conjecture, on artists moving images from Southeast Asia. Departing from the human-centered experience, these films focus on the world of objects and things, a realism that materials have become vital, autonomous, and life of their own.  The burgeoning current of the non-fiction cinema in Southeast Asia lays bare the performativity of documents— flowers, viruses, tigers, wounds, etc.—by exploring the fractured boundary between fact and fiction, which often are the materials of films themselves. Altogether, the selected films intervene in established colonial and capitalist exploitation histories by re-imagining the past and positing alternative futures.

International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

‘A Pile Of Ghosts: A Cinematic Heterotopia of Spectral Urbanization’ is published at the International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

This special issue approaches artistic research from the domains of artistic practice in film and its implications for research in film education institutions. It expands the contributions generated by the Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film conference organized and hosted by the Institute for Artistic Research IKF1 at Film University Babelsberg, which took place last year.
It comes along with Christiane Büchner’s drawings, which were made during the presentations of this inspiring and well-executed online conference.

Raidel, E. A Pile Of Ghosts: A Cinematic Heterotopia of Spectral Urbanization’ in International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol.7 No.1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

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The exposition Of Haunted Spaces-The Artistic Research in Filmmaking is published and online:

Of Haunted Spaces is an artistic research project conducted into Chinese ghost cities. It interprets the paradoxical urban phenomena where cities are built for millions, but not lived in. The research process is presented through the publication of Ghost Paper, a reference to the traditional Chinese joss paper that is burned as an offering to the dead, which I developed with Ralph K.C.Wu.

The first issue used a newspaper format that can be unfolded into a poster. This online version uses the reference to the traditional papers to connect the online with the offline world, the imaginary and the real world, to reveal the effects of capitalism that are haunting our living conditions.

Enter the Ghost here:

Keep on scrolling, reading, and watching clips here:

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal that disseminates artistic research from all disciplines. JAR provides a digital platform where multiple methods, media and articulations may function together to generate insights in artistic research endeavours. It seeks to promote exposition of practise as artistic research.

What about China? Trinh T. Minh-ha

What about China? Trinh T. Minh-ha

What about China? (Part I of II, 2020–21) by Trinh T. Minh-ha was initiated by NTU CCA Singapore, and co-commissioned with Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), Shanghai, the film takes the notion of harmony in China as a site of creative manifestation, and draws from footage shot in 1993 and 1994, in Eastern and Southern China, specifically from provinces Anhui, Hubei, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi—linked to the remote origins of Chinese civilisation.

A conversation between Trinh T. Minh-ha and Ute Meta Bauer on What about China? presented by Ella Raidel in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings.

Bauer U. M., Raidel E., Trinh T. M. (2021). Trinh T. Minh-ha and Ute Meta Bauer in Conversation on What about China? In: Postcolonial Futures. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 20(2),145-152. University of Leeds and NTU Nanyang Technological University.

Published by Mousse Publishing:

Phantom Images on the Move

Trinh T. Minh-ha: Traveling in the Dark, Mousse Publishing, 2023

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Ute Meta Bauer, Ella Raidel

Hard City, Soft City

Hard City, Soft City

Double Happiness (2014) is part of the online-film program Hard City, Soft City at NUS Baba House 16.-19. November. The film will be available online for 24h on the 18th of November, followed by an online panel discussion with Jerome Ng on the 19th of November.

Film program

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This program is part of the APRU University Museum Research Symposium.

Conversations with Filmmakers

Conversations with Filmmakers

Von Brücken und verlorenen Verbindungen, Interview with der chinesischen Filmemacherin Zhu Shengze über ihren Film „A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces“, über ihre Heimatstadt Wuhan und über ihre Inspiration durch den italienischen Schriftsteller Italo Calvino.

Viennale Interview, Ray Filmmagazin 10/2021

Das Gespenst des Kapitalismus, Interview mit dem aus Singapur stammenden Künstlers Ho Rui An anlässlich seiner Ausstellung „The Ends of a Long Boom“ in der Kunsthalle. Ein Gespräch über künstlerische Recherche und Praxis, über den Horrorfilm und über Denkanstöße durch einen Wechsel der historischen Perspektive.

Ray Printausgabe 07 + 08/2021

Hale County, This Morning, This Evening, Ramell Ross

A conversation with RaMell Ross on his Oscar-nominated film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” [March 2021]

A conversation between Ute Meta Bauer and Trinh T. Minh-ha on ‘What about China?’ in Postcolonial Futures, Issue 20.2, A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 2021

What about China?

Trinh T. Minh-ha is Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally trained as a music composer, her oeuvre as an artist, filmmaker, composer, and postcolonial feminist theorist has charted the constellation of various discourses on gender, colonization, migration, and film poetics. Her latest filmic work-in-progress What About China? (Part I of II, 2020–21), initiated and co-produced by NTU CCA Singapore and was part of the first large-scale solo exhibition of Trinh’s work in Asia. 

Taking the notion of “harmony” in China as a site of creative manifestation, What About China? focuses on Chinese culture and identity through its artistic and rural architectural practices, as well as through everyday village activities. In the foreseen demise of China’s peasantry as a class, Trinh is asking again: what exactly is disappearing? Situated in the realm between ancient wisdom, avant-garde, experiment, and popular folk acumen, the film features a multiplicity of voices and narratives embedded in a rhythmic conversation between the still and the moving image. Trinh creates a work that is interrogative and reflexive by nature; one that exposes the naivety of cinematic technology and ideology that claims increasing unmediated access to reality.

Vom Lesen zum Erzählen, ein Interview mit Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Das Österreichische Filmmuseum widmet dem großen taiwanesischen Regisseur Hou Hsiao-Hsien eine Gesamtretrospektive.

Ray Filmmagazin 06/14

Reminiszenzen an das Kino, ein Interview with Tsai Ming-Liang

Die Wiener Festwochen widmen dem herausragenden taiwanesischen Filmemacher und Künstler Tsai Ming-Liang eine Personale.

Ray Filmmagazin 05/2014