The artist is (not) present is a collaborative artistic project conceived by Austrian artists currently residing at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris. Commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum Paris with “carte blanche” for their own YouTube channel, Fiona Crestani, Letizia Werth, Max Utech, Marina Sula and Karin Frank lead the viewers through their living and artist studios. The viewers are immersed in the intimacy of the individual artists without ever meeting them. With this joint production, the participants were given the opportunity to get to know each other and to get closer. “The artist is (not) present” reflects this distance and approach in a coherent way.