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Kerosin95: “Queer* identities are still underrepresented in music”

Performing as Kerosin95, Kathrin Kolleritsch will heat up the disco in the Volkshalle at 1 am with political rap. In this interview she speaks about invisible identities and an antithesis to tough gangsta rap.

When Kathrin Kolleritsch, alias Kerosin95, enters the stage, nobody stands still anymore. Energetically she jumps around, yet her voice – which can also be heard in her new collaboration “My Ugly Clementine” together with Mira Lu Kovacs (Schmieds Puls), Sophie Lindinger (Leyya) and Nastasja Ronck (Lucid Kid) – is not suffering from that movement. For Kerosin is “Nicht immer taktvoll, doch stets im Rhythmus des Metronoms” (a German play on words meaning: “not always discreet but in the rhythm of the metronome”), which is how she describes herself in her Single “Außen hart innen flauschig”.

Your texts are playful and funny, at the same time you never leave out a certain sense of social criticism. How does that go together? For me, social criticism goes hand in hand with humour, irony and more serious moments. Playing with it in my lyrics is a lot of fun for me. And this is a way I can be critical – towards myself or the world. I could definitely never do without my “Schmäh”, my wit.

You said in another interview that “anger” is one of the driving forces behind Kerosin95. What makes you angry right now?
Yes, anger is one of the driving forces for art. But not the only one. Many things make me angry: Current power relations, some people who do not question their privileges or simply ignore them, and the patriarchy – always.  I am also angry at my self sometimes, my habits and racisms, which are deeply rooted. But this anger is very constructive for me. It helps me to understand the world and myself and to do something about it. Thereby I am not less angry but I am merging it into texts. Expressing myself through those and being loud gives me the feeling that I can actually change something within myself.

With rappers like Ebow, Keke and EsRap, the Austrian rap scene has also changed in terms of gender. You do not see yourself as female. How visible are queer* identities in the music scene?
Some things are changing in Austria but queer* identities are still very underrepresented in the musical landscape. Festivals, line-ups or nominations for the Amadeus (Austrian music award) are still nominated by white and cis-males. That is a pity and a bit embarassing because there are so many great artists* which are not seen or heard! Making queer* identities visible is very important and essential for everyone. And it shouldn’t just be the task of the people who are affected by it themselves.

Interview: Katharina Kropshofer

Photo: Hannah Fasching

P.S: You can find the complete interview in the ball magazine, which will be handed out at the end of the ballnight to all visitors and will also be available for download the next morning.

Dance Preparations at the Wiener Eistraum

Your legs are still tired and not ready for dancing? We recommend a practice run at the ice skating rink “Wiener Eistraum” by our ball partner Vienna Marketing. On 9000 square meters you will find enough space for a waltz on the ice. Let alone 850 squaremeters on a terrace and 550 meters which lead you through the Rathauspark straight – and hopefully on time – to the ball entrance in Lichtenfelsgasse!

23rd of January until 1st of March 2020, every day from 10am until 10pm

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Foto: (c) stadtwienmarketing

Welcome Bologna!

For their 65th anniversary, our friends from Johns Hopkins University in Bologna are visiting the Ball of Sciences again. They left us a message:

“Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (JHU SAIS Europe) is pleased once again to participate in the Vienna Ball of Science.  An essential yearly tradition for SAIS, the preparations at the Bologna Center start early in the fall, not only with planning and purchasing airline tickets but also with taking waltzing lessons. This year almost the entire school is coming to Vienna: approximately 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni are travelling from Bologna to the Rathaus, underscoring the importance of this event for the Viennese academic community.

For many JHU students – hailing from more than 40 countries – the Ball will be their first trip to Vienna and their first in-person encounter with this time-honored tradition.  In addition to the Ball, SAIS students will participate in a “Cultural Trek,” touring essential Viennese sites and museums; a “Career Trek” to meet with potential employers; and an alumni event for the Austrian Alumni Chapter, an important group of more than 400 strong.

The Ball is especially significant to SAIS this year, because it is the first event in a year-long celebration of SAIS Europe’s 65th anniversary, with later events in cities throughout Europe and the United States, including Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York, and Washington DC, in addition to Vienna. The spring events will culminate in our Alumni Weekend celebration in May at the SAIS Europe Bologna Center, at which we are expecting 600 former students and guests.

JHU SAIS Europe is an American graduate institution with a strong focus on Europe and European perspectives on global affairs. The school’s mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally-related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community.

Current students study and analyze today’s most pressing international issues, from migration and human rights to renewable energy and cybersecurity. The curriculum is rooted in international economics with a strong focus on regional studies and languages. A unique feature of JHU SAIS Europe is the opportunity it provides its students to study and debate global issues as part of a closely-knit international community with classmates from five continents. The majority of Master of Arts candidates continue their second year of study at the school’s campus in Washington, DC, further broadening their exposure to different ideas and perspectives.

JHU SAIS Europe has always had a special relationship with Austria, the fourth most-represented nationality among the student body, with between four and six Austrian students attending the program each year. Since 2008, JHU SAIS Europe and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna have offered a dual-degree program in which students can spend one year at each institution.

The Ball of Sciences is a natural fit for university and research communities. JHU SAIS Europe is honored to take part in this event and grateful for the special occasion it offers to continue to build friendships with our Austrian alumni, friends and colleagues.”

Photo: (c) JHU SAIS

P.S.: You can find this and many other texts in our ball magazine, which will be distributed to all guests at the end of the ball and can be found as a pdf online the next morning.


How do you get scientists onto the dancefloor?

(c) Roland Ferrigato

You hire the right DJs for the disco!

MEL MERIO started off as moderator within the Puls/Pro-7 group and has been working as DJane and singer for many years. She is a constant face in the Viennese scene and became known as designer and performance artist (at the Life Ball and other events). This year she will present her uplifting sounds in the ball disco. Her musical pallette? Very broad but always including good vibes, lots of energy and three main ingredients: Love, passion and lust for life. 21.20-00.00; Volkshalle

TEX RUBINOWITZ AND MAIK NOVOTNY are known as eloquent writers, illustrators and journalists for FM4, Falter and beyond – and as gifted disc jockeys with a preference for rare and classy tracks. Born in Germany, they have made Austria their home since many years, meddling with the local club scene at Club U on Karlsplatz or for the yearly Bachmann award (which was awarded to Rubinowitz in 2014). When Maik and Tex bring on their vinyl box, danceable beats and the finest sound are guaranteed.  00.30-end of the ball; Volkshalle

P.S.: You can find some inspiration for your dance moves from a 30 meter long decoration, designed by students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with motives from flora and faune. Looking towards the turntables you will see transmissions straight from the beehive stemming from Martin Kampel, Computer Vision Lab (TU Vienna).

Andrea Möller


“As biologist and biology educationalist, I am especially happy about the motto for the ball. This year, those who don’t normally have a big lobby, are being heard: insects! Their image as ‘annoying naggers’ has long been outdated: 80% of our most important plants are pollinated by them, amongst them not only fruit and vegetables but also favourites of ball visitors like wine and coffee. 20.000 bee species are flying through the air, one of them the honey bee, which is the third most important livestock animal (just after cattle and pigs). The global decline in insects is therefore not only massively threatening biodiversity but also our nutrition and way of living. As humans we need to tackle the decline of more than 75% of insect populations (in protected natural areas). No surprise that the according study made it into the Global Risk Report 2018 by the World Economic Forum.  Be(e) educated: At the ball you can learn more about our environmental education project Bee.ed at our stand. We will show you how to protect wild bees and will introduce you to the language of bee dance, which was discovered by the Viennese biologist and Nobel prize winner Karl von Frisch. And who knows, maybe the bee dance will inspire your moves as well!”

Andrea Möller heads the Austrian Education Competence Centre for Biology (AECC Biology) and is professor at the Department for Evolutionary Biology (University of Vienna). At the AECC she is training most of the aspiring biology teachers in Ausria and researching the development of children’s knowledge and attitudes about the environment. As expert for ‘bee didactics’ and former Visiting Researcher at Yale University, she also leads the cross-national and award-winning environmental education project Bee.ed.

Photo: (c) Joseph Krpelan,

Pick up your tickets!

This season our ball office is located at the bookshop Kuppitsch/Thalia on Schottentor. Thanks to their hospitality we can be found at this central spot between the main university building and the Juridicum on working days starting on the 7 January 2019 until 24 January 2019 between 15.00 and 18.30. You will find us in their science department, located in the lower floor where we will be giving out ball tickets. Unfortunately we can’t accept credit cards but only cash. The exact address is Schottengasse 4 (1010 Vienna). You can reach us with public transport: underground U2; tram D, 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 71; busses 1A, 40A.

Scientist of the year 2019: Barbara Stelzl-Marx

Barbara Stelzl-Marx, professor for European History at the University of Graz and head of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for War Consequences is scientist of the year 2019.
Barbara Stelzl-Marx headed several research projects on the second world war and its implication.  Even though the end of the biggest military conflict in the history of mankind took place 75 years ago, Stelzl-Marx’ work shows how relevant these happenings are still in today’s politics and society. Her work have been summarised in touching and popular books which despite their easy language manage to convey the brutal relevance of the research.
Photo (c) Roland Ferrigato

Student tix sold out (again!)

Our student tickets are sold out (again!). Apologies. Meanwhile, regular tickets at € 90 are still available at the webshop. Past experience proves that these tickets will sell even faster now the student tickets are gone, so hurry! We might raffle a couple of student tickets on our Facebook page in the coming days, so like it to keep updated.

And as in the past years we have set up a ticket exchange group (no liability!) on Facebook. Good luck!

Happy Holidays 2019

Christmas is the right time of the year to honour traditions. In this spirit, we thank all of you for your attention, support, and appreciation in the past weeks. As expression of our gratitude we have prepared a special surprise for all our friends: 5% discount on 200 tickets and on 10 tables in the grand ball room and the adjacent halls if ordered by 7 January 2020 at our online box office. Photographer Sabine Hauswirth took this picture of our ball ambassadors where every ball in Vienna’s town hall starts and ends: in the central cloak room extending between the central staircases. In the name of all team members, supporters and ball ambassadors we wish you Season’s Greetings!

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