Sophie Reyer (1984) is an author, poet, philosopher and composer of classical music from Vienna. Reyer followed German studies in her hometown and Composition at Graz Conservatory, from which she graduated in 2007. She has been a member of the editorial board of the Austrian literary magazine ‘Lichtungen’ since 2009 and became a Master of Arts in composition for music theatre in 2010. From 2011 to 2014 she studied Media Art in Cologne and took her Ph.D. at the University of Vienna with her work Performanz und Biomacht in 2017.
Wo Städte streiten (Where towns fight) combines a selection of Reyer’s intense poems with photos by Austrian artist Maria Tunner. In Reyer’s poems – at times no more than a handful of lines – inner worlds and outside worlds clash to fuse into highly original landscapes of dreams, memories and desires. Physical and psychological processes become one with natural phenomena on battlegrounds that find themselves illustrated by Maria Tunner’s photos of urban settings encroached upon by nature.