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Director, writer and scenographer, Mia Fyu is an Austrian artist who uses speculative fiction and feminist narratives within theater, film and spatial practices to refigure the social body. She draws on close personal experiences and uses these to rethink normative processes of f.e. female guilt, female desire and pleasure, identification and objectification. She's applied her practice to an array of mediums; from cinematic essays, plays and animations to spatial interventions (performance art, immersive installations), as well as analog narratives via illustration, poetry, and writing - both fiction and non-fiction.


film & theater

2024 – upcoming!

Parlor of Desire
an immersive theater play and philosophical brothel.
Scheduled for October 2024 in Kiel. More details t.b.a.

On Guilty Stage
theater / directing, screenplay & art direction
a confessional as an immersive play. 29th – 30th March 2024 @ Pop-Up Pavilion, Alter Markt 17, 24103 Kiel


In the Realm of untamed Dogs
short film / directing, screenplay & art direction
08:40 min., 4:3, language: English / Spanish, subtitles: English
screening: MFA 2023, 27th October – 25th November 2023 (Flämmische Straße 6-10, 24103 Kiel)

The Endless Circulation of Female Desire
theater / in progress


Puntos Ciegos
short film / pitch, screenplay for television

On Guilty Stage
theater / directing, screenplay & art direction
a confessional as an immersive play. 22nd – 23rd July 2022 (Kesselhaus der Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Legienstraße 35, 24103 Kiel), 10th – 12th March 2022 (Kloster Kiel, Falckstraße 9, 24103 Kiel)


Longing for an Abyss
short film / directing, screenplay & art direction
07:50 min., experimental essay, 16:9, language: without dialogue, subtitles: English
screening: spce | Muthesius Kiel 2023 (DE), CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR 2023 (DE), Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein '22 (Nomination: Nichtsilberner Hering 2022)

Let‘s misbehave
short film / art direction & animation
09:15 min., peep-Show and film anthology, language: without dialogue


An Umbrella Story
short film / directing, screenplay & art direction
06:45 min., stop-motion / pixelation, 16:9, language: English, subtitles: English
screening: Einblick/Ausblick 2021 (DE), International Student Animation Film Festival Animafantasia Romania 2020 (RO), Schikaneder Kultkino Wien 2018 (AT) (selection)

Transformations after Kafka – Transmedial Theater
theater / co-directing, screenplay & performance
16th - 18th January 2020 (Knooper Weg 48A, 24103 Kiel)


Sorrow says: Farewell
short film / directing, screenplay & performance
12 min., experimental essay, 16:9, language: German / English, subtitles: English
screenings: Habitat 2019 (DE), Changeover Festival 2019 (DE), Einblick/Ausblick 2018 (DE) (selection)

Parlor of Desire
theater / directing, screenplay & scenography
an immersive theater play and philosophical brothel. premiere as part of the Bachelor's thesis B.A. Scenography, July 3 – 5, 2019 (Lorentzendamm 8, 24103 Kiel)


Une femme qui dort
short film / directing, screenplay & performance
4 min., 16:9, language: English / German, subtitles: French
based on Georges Perec‘s novel
A Man Asleep (fr. Un homme qui dort), premiere at Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019, France

動物 anomaly
short film / screenplay & animation
7 min., stop-motion / anthology, in collaboration with Achim Kirsch (DE), premiere at Einblick/Ausblick 2018


Me are the World
theater / poetry & performance
'Opernspektakel über das Ende aller Vielfalt.' by Schorsch Kamerun (Die Goldenen Zitronen) (DE), September 18 – November 30, 2017,
WERK X | Theater am Werk im Kabelwerk Vienna, Austria

2016 — 2014

improvisational theater / performance with Helmut Schuster (AT), October 2014 to May 2016, with performances at the TAG — Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße, Vienna, Austria


short film / assistant set designer
28 min., written and directed by Barbara Ott (DE), production: arte, BR, SWR / screening: Shnit International Shortfilmfestival New York 2014, Filmfest Dresden 2014, kurzsüchtig 2014, Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Film Award 2014, 47th International Hofer Filmtage 2013 (Winner: Best Production Design), Internationales Frontale Filmfestival Wiener Neustadt 2013 (selection)

Party of Eight (orig. Antons Fest)
feature film / assistant set designer
1 h 36 min., written and directed by John Kolya Reichart (DE), broadcasted on BR, ARD / screening: Montréal World Film 2013, Achtung Berlin 2014 (selection)


exhibitions & workshops


burning. aimless. unfulfilled.
exhibition / installation and performance
Letters, Typewriter, Desk, Lamp, Carpet, 400 × 300 cm
Projection: Short film
In the Realm of Untamed Dogs (2023)
MFA 2023, October 27 – November 25, 2023 (Flämische Straße 6-10, 24103 Kiel)

exhibition #4 / illustration
May 6 – May 21, 2023 (Almstraße 23, 31134 Hildesheim), in collaboration with pain(t) collective e.V.

photo/media art fair / installation & film
project shown:
Longing for an Abyss (07:50 min.), October 27-29, 2023


Sound in Transition
sound parcours / workshop
October 2021 – January 2022, SOUND PARCOURS in Kurpark Lüneburg, Germany, project:
Longing: The experience of an inner trench created as part of the workshop 'Imaginary Soundscapes' by Sven Lütgen

exhibition #3 / illustration
October 9 – 10, 2021 (Lange Straße 95, Greifswald), in collaboration with Leonie Langer

PopUp-PickUp - StreetArt für Lübeck
August 2021, Altstadtinsel Lübeck, Germany

A little pain may be
An exhibition about the longing of our time. July 9 – 11, 2021 (Anscharpark Kesselhaus, Heiligendammer Straße 15, 24105 Kiel), in collaboration with Inga Berit Reutershan, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany

Let's misbehave
window exhibition / film
peep-show and film anthology (09:15 min.), July 8 – 11, 2021 (Knooper Weg 48A, 24103 Kiel) Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany

Einblick / Ausblick 2021
July 8 – 10, 2020 (Legienstraße 35, 24103 Kiel)

Anstimmen Festival – the feminist Pop-Up Festival
window exhibition
poetry and illustration, May 31 – June 6, 2021 (Prinz Willy, Lutherstraße 9, 24114 Kiel)


Nacht der Wissenschaft
project: Me Myself & Phil, as part of the
Nacht der Wissenschaft, KielRegion 2020 / European Researchers' Night, November 27, 2020, Kiel, Germany

Einblick / Ausblick 2020
July 15 – 18, 2020 (Legienstraße 35, 24103 Kiel), Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany

exhibition #2 / illustration
June 18 – 28, 2020 (Pop-Up Raum Grindelallee 129, Hamburg), in collaboration with Leonie Langer


exhibition #2 / illustration
August 2 – 11, 2019 (Pop-Up Pavillon, Alter Markt 17, 24103 Kiel), in collaboration with Leonie Langer

Ausstellungen Projektieren
Römer+Römer, February 18 – 22, 2019, Forum für interdisziplinäre Studien | Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany


Hier est impossible
workshop / performance
Silvano Voltolina (IT), December 3 – 7, 2018, École supérieure d'art et design Saint-Étienne, France

Graphisme de l’exposition 'Chine des écoles'
exhibition / graphic design
with Olivier Lellocuche, Denis Coueignoux und Michel Lepetitdidier (FR), October 22 – 26, 2018, École supérieure d'art et design Saint-Étienne, France

Political Witchcraft for the Current Era
workshop / performance and dance
Keith Hennessy (US/CA), July 30 – August 3, 2018, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Austria

Einblick / Ausblick 2018
July 18 – 21, 2018 (Legienstraße 35, 24103 Kiel) Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany


Me are the World
workshop / poetry and performance
'Opernspektakel über das Ende aller Vielfalt.' by Schorsch Kamerun (Die Goldenen Zitronen) (DE), September 18 – November 30, 2017,
WERK X | Theater am Werk im Kabelwerk Vienna, Austria

idiotie & widerstand
workshop / performance
herumstreunende poetische akte.
eine idiotenklasse in wien. with Judith Nika Pfeifer (AT) & Jörg Lukas Matthaei (DE), October 30 – November 4, 2017, Graduation reading & performance at Literaturhaus Wien, vienna poetry school Wien, Austria

Shamanic Improvisation Potential & Social Dancing
workshop / performance and dance
by Keith Hennessy (US), July 17 – 21, 2017,
ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Austria


gstanzln – wir wollen sie schreiben und singen (tanzen und springen?)
workshop / poetry and performance
with Hans Peter Falkner (Attwenger) (AT) November 14 – 18, 2016,
vienna poetry school Wien, Austria

Mehr Licht – eine Hommage an das letzte Wort
workshop / exhibition
as part of the workshop 'hommage' with Tex Rubinowitz (DE), August 2016,
International Sommer Academy Salzburg for Fine Arts, Austria



Space, Power & Gender. Examining the Spatial Availability of Women and Gender Constructions in Architecture

Guided by an emancipatory quest for knowledge, I aim to explore the difference in spatial availability for women and men, both within cultural history and in the gendered construction of social spaces. In doing so, I will examine the historical gender and spatial allocation in private and public spaces, the main practices of caregiving as the supposedly natural inclination of women through the maintenance of spaces (domestic space), and the analytical aspects of spatial practices. Furthermore, I will address the contemporary position of female architects. This research unfolds across three interconnected chapters, each contributing to an intricate understanding of how 'space' is appropriated and cultivated by binary gender norms: I will illustrate how women and men appropriate 'space' through the narrative of history (Chapter 1), care for the 'space' they subsequently inhabit (Chapter 2), and under what circumstances female architects create 'space' (Chapter 3) in the 21st century, all while dispelling traditional prejudices and outdated stereotypes. Throughout this exploration, the objective is to underscore the binary relationships between gender and space, identity and construction, theory and practice, and desire and reality, complementing these analyses with a feminist ethic that challenges established norms and advocates for equality in spatial dynamics within the field of architecture.

The Suspension of Female Guilt. An analysis of the Catholic confessional and patriarchal ethics.

The concept of 'guilt' has intrigued scholars and philosophers throughout history. Is it merely a feeling or a norm tied to actions? Does it manifest uniformly across genders? The intriguing design of traditional confessionals, seemingly crafted to intensify the sensation of guilt, adds a layer of complexity to this inquiry. Moreover, the promise of 'guilt resolution' through a ritualistic process, often mediated exclusively by men, raises critical questions. In my Master's thesis, I embark on a historical reconstruction of the contemporary and gender-specific meanings of 'guilt.' The analysis delves into its development with a focus on gender differences. Beginning with an exploration of 'guilt' rooted in its etymology and semantic evolution, ranging from antiquity to its diverse interpretations in jurisprudence, theology, and philosophy, the study aims to establish a comprehensive foundation.

The thesis presents a novel perspective termed 'female guilt,' asserting that 'guilt' functions as a tool that legitimizes patriarchal authority, thereby perpetuating the subjugation of women. The phenomenon of 'female guilt' is intricately linked to religiously influenced concepts of purity and female sexuality. By examining prevalent myths such as the original guilt of woman and the idealization of female innocence, the thesis aims to elucidate their influence on contemporary societal moral constructs defining the role of women. The investigation traces the roots of patriarchal ethics to Christian mythological foundations, scrutinizing the attribution of 'guilt' to women in the Old Testament and the concurrent bestowal of power upon men. Legitimizing narratives and patterns are revealed, spanning from the Adam and Eve creation story to the modern culture of shame. This cultural manifestation extends to artifacts of church architecture, notably the Christian confessional.

Where is 'guilt' located on/in the body?

An intriguing aspect of the research involves exploring the embodiment of guilt. A three-month series of interviews with experts from diverse disciplines, including architecture, philosophy, cultural studies, theology, and jurisprudence, was conducted. Discussions centered on guilt, shame, the concept of the confessional, and confession as a purification ritual. A consistent concluding question sought to unravel the physical location of 'guilt' in or on the body. Contrary to initial expectations, the responses to the question varied significantly. While anticipating a consensus, particularly locating guilt "in the shoulders," the diverse range of answers adds an unexpected dimension to the exploration of the intricate relationship between guilt and the human body.

Gazing AnOther. The construction of a postfeminist perspective in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's 'Fleabag'

This term paper examines the formal conventions of the 'female gaze' to question the symbolic dimension of the "gaze" and its staging in visual media and gender perspectives: What is seen by whom and how? How does the 'female gaze' differ from the 'male gaze,' and what formal elements define its visual language? How do camera movements, framing, perspectives, etc., determine the visual perception of the audience? Why and for whom is a gaze gender-constructed? Whose ideologies are embodied in such gaze constructions, and how does this change our experience as spectators?



2023 – 2020

Film & Time-based Media (Master of Fine Arts)
at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, Germany

2022 /23

Cinematografía y Artes Audiovisuales
at TAI School of the Arts Madrid, Spain (ERASMUS+)

2022 – 2020

Spatial Strategies (Master of Arts)
at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, Germany

2020 – 2018

Scenography / Interior Design (Bachelor of Arts)
at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, Germany

2019 /20

ESADSE Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Etienne, France (ERASMUS+)

Scholarship from the Austrian Federal Chancellery for Art and Culture - Film

2017 – 2015

Multimedia Art & Animation
at HTL Spengergasse Vienna, Austria

2009 – 2007

Communication Design / Marketing (Diploma)
at the Advertising Design Academy in Salzburg, Austria

2007 – 2006

Theatre, Film and Media Studies
at the University of Vienna, Austria


2021 – 2022

"Kill the Angst – Working Confidently in Science", in collaboration with Hannah Hartmann, at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, Germany


seit 2022

active member NfrU Netzwerk für revolutionäre Ungeduld (en. Network for Revolutionary Impatience)

active member pain(t) collective e.V.

seit 2021

supporting member Pinkstinks Germany e.V.

seit 2020

supporting member WIDE - Development Policy Network for Women's Rights and Feminist Perspectives

2017 – 2015

alumna of the Vienna Poetry School



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On Guilty Stage

A confessional as an immersive play

written and directed by Mia Fyu

'On Guilty Stage' (orig. 'SCHULD+BÜHNE') is a hybrid format of an immersive play and a public performance. Yet, guilt – what is it? Is it innate or has it been socialized? Is it merely a feeling or connected to a norm? And, is it the same for men and women? ›Female guilt‹ is decided, among other things, by religious concepts of purity, based on patriarchy-promoting myths such as the “primordial guilt of women” or “innocence as a female ideal”.

In this context, the confessional as a conceived space of guilt triggers some gender-theoretical discourses: Why are traditional confessionals architecturally designed to reinforce a sense of ,guilt’ in the body of the penitent, while promising a ,guilt resolution’ on a ritual level that only a man is authorized to grant? How divergent does this confessional practice behave among the sexes as a ,purification ritual’? And, how can postmodern women free themselves from their “impure” image?

To beginning

Team & Collaborators

Written and directed by Mia Fyu

Scenography / Set Design: Mia Fyu
Costume Design: Nadine Scharsitzke
Votive gifts: Si-Ying Fung
Sound Design: [ ' ɹ 𝕚 ɛ 𝕟 ]
Lighting Design: Martin Witzel
Fotos: Louise Preuss, Malte Blockhaus
Video: Malte Blockhaus

Ensemble: Claus, Elisabeth, Anna, Sandra, Anais, Teresa

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