Andrea Palašti is an artist and educator based in Novi Sad, Serbia. She works across artistic, pedagogical, and curatorial boundaries, experimenting with exhibitions, participatory workshops, and illustrated lectures. Her practice is highly informed by collaborations with others and working with institutional archives and collections as a means to acquire ‘incidental school lessons.’ Since 2014, she has teamed up with visual researcher Daniel Popović on investigating image archives and their potential to unveil a nuanced understanding of the world. As an Associate Professor at the Academy of Arts in the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, she teaches the course “Elements of Visual Art,” blending her collaborative artistic research projects with educational strategies. Fitness for Unlikely Species was conceived within the project The Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA), a collaborative, artistic, and discursive research platform engaged in transforming our relationship with the Danube. Co-founded by Andrea, Alexandra Fruhstorfer (Austria), Lena Violetta Leitner (Austria), Ege Kökel (Austria/Turkey), and Solmaz Farhang (UK/Iran/Austria), the DTAFA was supported by the program “Inter- and Transdisciplinary Projects in Art and Research (INTRA)” of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.