Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

Contact Person(s): Prof. Dr. Tom Holert
Dr. Johanna Schaffer.

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About the PhD in Practice at Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

The work of the Center for Art/Knowledge Research (CAK) focusses on the transformation of functions and figures of the visual arts in the knowledge- and science-based societies of the present. Deploying aesthetic strategies art and artists reflect and contest the social, cultural, economic and political conditions of a post-industrial environment. Doing this, they not only contribute to the imaginary of a social production and reception of knowledge and affects; they also investigate and analyse the very transformations which they as the avantgarde of flexibilisation and as role models of a post-Fordist creative industry – have shaped and designed themselves in significant ways. Given this context, the Center for Art/Knowledge Research explores symptomatic entanglements of artistic, scientific and social processes in a globalised, networked present, in order to organize research on the new forms of artistic and political practice emerging at the nexus of art and knowledge.

Associated with the Center for Art/Knowledge Research is the PhD in practice program at the Academy of Fine Arts, a doctoral program of artistic-academic research. The postgraduate program is intended to give participants an opportunity to realize their individual research projects in a cooperative environment.

Projects and Activities

Troubling Research. Performing Knowledge in the Arts.

Start: March 1 2010, Duration 18 months, Grant: € 225.000,00
Researchers: Carola Dertnig, Diedrich Diederichsen, Simonetta Ferfoglia/Heinrich Pichler [gangart], Tom Holert, Johannes Porsch, Johanna Schaffer, Stefanie Seibold, Axel Stockburger
Principal Investigator: Tom Holert

Troubling Research interrogates the very conditions of the current upsurge of the art/research articulation. The project shifts attention from defining (and eventually solving) a problem to that of rendering a “problematic”. A core feature of this problematic concerns the fact that place, status, and function of any claim to “research” are discursively and socially produced and therefore ultimately contestable. The insight in the “ubiquitous, taken-for-granted, and axiomatic quality of research” (Arjun Appadurai) enables to question the “strange and wonderful practice” known as research, its “cultural presumptions” and its “ethic”. Following on this track of reasoning and aligning with the Institutional Critique tradition in the arts, Troubling Research aims at unsettling any existing consensus concerning the nature of arts-based research and the art/science relationship. It achieves this through establishing a – deliberately – diversified cluster of artistic and research practices (represented by the research partners), the commonality of which is constituted in working through the potential of the problematic to be excavated and/or developed in the course of the project. Accounting for a multiplicity of diverging perspectives, the participating researchers will work, independently and as a collaborative entity, towards a reconsideration of the interdependence of the categories of art and research assumed by the current politics and economy-driven research orientation within the European art education system.

Regime. How dominance is organized and expression formalized.

A workshop, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna May 28/29 2010
An interfacultative working group–Eva Egermann (IKL), Petja Dimitrova (IKB), Maren Grimm (IKB), Tom Holert (IKW), Jens Kastner (IKW) and Johanna Schaffer (IKW)–is developing concepts and formats focussing on “regime”. Next to seminars and lecture classes on the topic there will be a workshop taking place at the academy end of May 2009.

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