Noise gives rise to a new system, an order that is more complex than the simple chain. The parasite interrupts at first glance, consolidates when you look again. The city rat gets used to it, is vaccinated, becomes immune. The town makes noise, but the noise makes the town.

Parasite Art, Issue 1, p. 14

We are pleased to present the first issue of Parasite Art. The magazine was founded to investigate the emergence of a new form of art that follows the strategy and practice of parasitism. Parasite Art expands into a variety of fields and uses a range of strategies. With Issue 1, we propose to start a journey of new discourse and exploration on this subject.

Political Perspectives on Parasite Art

I am a Parasite and I know that most people havea very negative image of…


Vor nicht als zu langer Zeit betrat ein kleines verspiegelteHaus die Dächer der Stadt. Es…


Hoch oben, über den Dächern Berlins thront das kleine verspiegelte Penthaus á la Parasit. Auf…


This is the first issue of the magazine Parasite Art. This magazine was founded to…


Counter-hegemony fights and directs actions, both in the activist and artistic sense and are based…


Der Einladung, Penthaus à la Parasit als stadtpolitische Intervention zu reflektieren und zu fragen, was…


Jakob.Thank you for the invitation to write about Penthaus à la Parasit. You have been…


Kunst, Politik oder Spielerei? Das Penthaus à la Parasit ist eine Intervention, die nicht gleich…


Philosophical Perspectives on Parasite Art

With this article, I want to propose a new approach to aesthetics and sketch an…


ParasitenParasitinnen sind Figuren der Ambivalenz, die sich durch ein weder-noch charakterisieren lassen. Sie besetzen einen…


Spotting the penthouse is difficult. From most angles, the observer’s view is led into the…


Akademische Debatte in einem Münchener Parkhaus Die Diskussion wurde aufgezeichnet und ist unter folgender Adresse…


Wenn wir mit dem Verhältnis von Parasit und Organismus ansetzen, erscheint der Parasit als eine…


Extase, Ungehorsam und der „Sieg der puren Vernunft“ im späten Kapitalismus „Die parasitäre Ästhetik ist…


Die soziale Formung von Prozessen des Wahrnehmens und des Erfahrens von Wirklichkeit ist ein zentrales…


‚‘Art can give to society the opportunity to rethink collectively around the imaginary shapes from…


Verhandlungen zwischen Parasit und Wirt Nach dem Aufbau des Penthauses in Münchens Altstadt (ohne Genehmigung)…


Wirt talks to Wirth WIRT: What fascinates you most of the Penthaus à la Parasit?…



Tonia Adresen​

studied art history, education and gender studies at the University of Hamburg. Her research focuses on contemporary artistic practices that address gender, labour, migration, activist strategies, and global inequalities. Since 2016, she has been organizing community art projects, including projects with the collective ARTErias Urbanas in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and the  event series ‘Inter_Sections: Mapping queer-feminist art practices’ at Gallery Genscher, Hamburg (2018). Currently, Tonia works as a research assistant in the international research group ‘SVAC – Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’ at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research.

Elisa Bertuzzo, Prof. Dr.

lectures on critical urban studies and postcolonial theory at the weißensee school of art berlin, Germany. Her latest book is “Archipelagos: From Urbanisation to Translocalisation” (Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2019). Elisa investigates trends of ex-centric urbanisation linked with inhabitants’ increased mobility in West Bengal, India.

Niklas Egberts

studied Cultural Theory at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. Since 2018, he organizes events on media theory and philosophy with texture in Berlin.

Georg J. Kraus​

studied Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication in Friedrichshafen and Munich. He has participated in several art and urban development projects across Europe and in Chile. Currently, Georg works as a cultural management consultant.

Kollektiv Raumstation
(Hannah Müller, Ana Martin Yuste,
Zita Seichter)

Ana, Hannah and Zita are part of the collective Raumstation, in Berlin. Kollektiv Raumstation was founded in 2013, operating in Weimar, Berlin and Vienna. Collective, intergalactic, participative, collaborative; transformative, artistic, activist; socially, socially, politically; spatial, urban, rural.

Marina Martinez Mateo, Prof. Dr.

currently holds the chair of Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Marina’s research concentrates on social and political philosophy and aesthetics. She has most recently published “Politik der Repräsentation. Zwischen Formierung und Abbildung”(Heilderberg: Springer Verlag, 2018) and “Grenze und Demokratie. Ein Spannungsverhältnis” (Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 2017).

Alexander Sacharow

is a research associate working on economic policy and finance. His areas of speciality are housing, taxation, public finance, and foreign policy. Alex studied public policy, economics and philosophy.

Marina Resende Santos

is a researcher and artist based in Chicago. She studied comparative literature and at the University of Chicago and currently works with art and culture administration in the city.

Judith Siegmund, Prof. Dr.

is a professor for contemporary aesthetics at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart (HMDK). She has a background in philosophy and fine arts and was a junior professor for theory of design, aesthetic theory and gender studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), where she co-installed the research project “Autonomy and Functionalization”.

Carlotta Wald

is a cultural theorist, independent author, and curator.

Jakob Wirth

is an artist, activist, and sociologist focusing on the public space. Jakob chooses his artistic language through process, according to the context and topic of his work. So far, his practice spans performance art, video, social practice, and guerrilla interventions. Jakob is interested in intertwining art with politics and everyday realities, by hijacking yet uncoded systems.

Nina Tessa Zahner, Prof. Dr.

is a professor of sociology at the Duesseldorf Art Academy. She wrote her PhD project on the transformations in art during the 1960s, under Prof. Richard Munich at the University of Bamberg. Between 2006 and 2017, Nina conducted research at the Institute for Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig. Her research focuses on the sociology of art, relational sociology, reception theory, and historical-comparative sociology.




Issue 1 Parasite Art- An exploration of the edge

Editor in Chief

Copy Editors

Marina Resende Santos, Indra Küster, Sophie Foster,
Ulrike Distler.

Design and Layout

Design Advisor

Zora Hünermann

Web Design

Contributing Writers

Tonia Adresen, Elisa Bertuzzo, Niklas Egberts, Georg Kraus, Marina Martinez Mateo, Hannah Müller, Alexander Sacharow, Marina Resende Santos, Zita Seichter, Judith Siegmund, Carlotta Wald, Jakob Wirth, Ana Martin Yuste, Nina Tessa Zahner


Jakob Wirth, Alexander Sacharow, Vivi D`Angelo,
Max Emrich, Eno Schleicher

Special thanks to

Wolfgang Karl May, Indra Küster, and Ulrike Distler. We are also grateful for Marina Resende Santos's work, which was elemental in the realization of this magazine. Thank you for all the effort, thoughts and amazing conversations. Most importantly, we would like to extend the most incredible thanks to Alexander Sacharow– Jakob Wirth's best collaborator during the whole work. Alexander is a great thinker, artist and friend. Jakob and Alexander developed the entire project together and without him, Jakob would have never been able to realize this work.