Head: Univ.-Prof. Mag. phil. Eva Maria Stadler
In the Department of Art and Knowledge
Transfer societal issues are discussed and investigated in theoretical and artistic contexts. Beyond the all-too entrenched
tradition of the new, we examine time periods in relation to contemporary and historical arguments and their mutual contingency.
This type of rhizomatic transfer generates a connective form of science, whereby the approaches of genealogy – the analysis
of development conditions – are always anchored processually in the here and now. The objective of the Department of Art and
Knowledge Transfer is to create productive interfaces between artistic disciplines and non-artistic sciences on the basis
of the respective thematic field under discussion. After the foundation of the department by Oswald Oberhuber in 1987, the
concepts of art and knowledge themselves have undergone multiple transformation processes. Since art began to take an interest
in the social sciences and humanities, which in the 1960s increasingly came to explore questions of everyday life in order
to determine the conditions under which cultural goods are produced, a form of knowledge production arose under the term Cultural
Studies, where science and scholarship in the field of art were no longer limited to just art history and critique. Interdisciplinarity
was a buzzword that took hold again in the 1980s, giving rise to great expectations for the renewal of not only artistic production
but also the structures of art schools and universities. Today the concept of arts-based research is central in addressing
questions of knowledge production. In the post-war era artists like Asger Jorn vehemently confronted the institutionalised
sciences with the demand for the arts to have an opportunity to conduct research.
In the spirit of Jorn, the Department
of Art and Knowledge Transfer views itself as a platform for engaged post-media production of knowledge across the broad spectrum
of fields at the University of Applied Arts. Furthermore, cooperations with universities, art academies, and museums should
help open the university and make the knowledge acquired in different formats of project development accessible and useful
for the outside world. Teaching, project development, exhibitions, publications, and editions represent the formats in which
the Art and Knowledge Transfer programme is conveyed.