VIVorama (Marion Kurz) was born in 1965 in Thalgau, Austria, and still calls the village home.
She graduated at Salzburg University as a Mag.rer.nat (Genetics / Biochemistry) in 1991 and sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae as a PhD (Philosophy / Natural Sciences) in 1994.
From 1985 on, she has also been an environmental and taxonomical researcher on a non-profit basis. She is member of the board of the Naturkundliche Gesellschaft, Salzburg, co-author of numerous scientific publications and projects, and co-founder of the first on-line biodiversity database (NKIS) and the first on-line journal for taxonomical publications (TaxOn).
She worked in scientfic medical research and as a lecturer at Salzburg University (1989-1996), as a quality manager (1996-1999), as an IT – project manager (1999-2000) and as a system administrator and software engineer (2000-2012).
In 2011 and 2012, she took classes in photography (Manfred Baumann, Stefan Dokoupil, Calvin Hollywood, Fotohof Salzburg, Eric Berger). In 2013, she started studying Photography at Prager Fotoschule Österreich, Kefermarkt, and Fine Arts / Contemporary Painting at Kunstakademie Salzburg (art classes of Stephan Fritsch, Bogdan Pascu, Eva Wagner, Aleksandar Kolenc, and Hans-Willi Notthoff).
Since September 2013, VIVorama is CEO of and artist at VIVorama e.U.
In November 2017, Marion Kurz died from cancer with the age of only 52.