Barbara Putz-Plecko is a visual artist and professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Since 2007, she has been the vice-rector of the university. She is also the head of the Department of Art and Communication Practices and the Textile Department. One of the focal points of both departments is on contextual art practices and on artistic strategies in communities and systems. As an artist and researcher, she has collaborated with many academic and non-academic institutions and grassroots organisations, and she has acted as supervisor, project partner and coordinator of numerous art projects not only in Europe but also in Africa, Asia, Central America and the United States. Her long-term research focus is on inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural collaborative processes and the exploration of participatory practices in the arts.