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Miru Miroslava SVOLIKOVA is a Vienna based visual artist running the electronic pop music solo-project Rokoko. Wrote several acclaimed theater plays, numerous texts and a Shakespeare translation. A first book came out recently at suhrkamp theater.

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Part of the family emigrated from what was then communist Czechoslovakia and almost landed in Australia, but eventually ended up in Austria, where Svolikova grew up, attending a German-English school. Growing up in a refugee family that was technically academic, but moved around a lot, struggling with a set of different challenges.

Mostly an A-Grade student, Svolikova studied Philosophy at the University of Vienna and in Paris at the Universite VIII Saint-Denis, receiving a social grant. Immersed herself in reading, writing and European literature and philosophy. Ended up writing a thesis on the middle work of Michel Foucault at the age of 23 having read the complete works in the French original. 

Also into Photography, managed to get into Art School after diplomas and studied a second time, now at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 2011-2017, immersing herself into drawing, installation, sculpture, and a huge work of photojournals. Furthermore, participated in several performances and photoshoots and started making electronic music.

While still in art school, won a competition for scenic writing and got invited to visit a two year course in scenic writing. Wrote three plays that won several prices for upcoming playwrights and were recognised as uniquely quirky and absurd works by audiences and media. 

In the following three years after art school diploma, wrote three more plays, plenty of commissioned texts and in only six months, a three-times staged new translation of King Lear for German theaters. Playwright career including prices at Nestroy and Heidelberger Stückemarkt. Europa flees to Europe was selected and invited by the Goethe Institutes Tokio and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the German Theater Berlin (Autorentheatertage). RAND was published by suhrkamp theater in 2022 and illustrated by the writer herself.

Continued to have small student-based exhibitions, residencies and started doing video works. Lots of commissioned texts in various fields (still waiting to be published) and traveling as part of being a playwright. 

After the Pandemic finally decided to release some music and started working on and running the solo art&music project Rokoko, blending a variety of interests and skills in a self-run and independent project.