Michaela Vieser

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Michaela Vieser studied Japanese Studies and Asian Art History at SOAS in London, in a Buddhist monastery in Japan, and at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. During her six years in Japan, she learned sword fighting, calligraphy, and Zen meditation. She is the author of nine narrative nonfiction books, which have been translated into several languages. Her texts and reportages have appeared on Deutschlandfunk, BBC, SWR, Geo, NZZ, Financial Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Spiegel Online, Das Magazin, among others. In 2016, she traveled to the Altai Mountains on a Bosch Foundation Cross-Border Fellowship to pursue the utopia of a landscape. Her documentary series "Love Rituals with Charlotte Roche" on ARTE was shortlisted for the Grimme Prize and the Bavarian Film Award in 2020 and won the Art&Tur film competition, Lissabon. She was Nature Writer in Residency at the Jan Michalski Foundation, received the German Prize for Nature Writing scholarship and is Wave Writer for the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea since 2022. Together with Susa Pop she created the Living Library for Nature Writing and is artistic director for Intelligent Landscapes - a highly funded digital-artistic project in the Allgäu region. Michaela Vieser lives with her three children in Berlin and in the Oderbruch. In her work, she tries to counteract the information overload of our digital society by presenting her texts scientifically researched, enriched with her own sensory perceptions.


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