(C) Photograph: Brishty Alam 2017


Kick off


Lead by Virgil Widrich in the Roundtable on Tuesday mornings

The students will hold their own project endeavours with the following research partners;
  • Radiology & Nuclear Medicine,
  • Data Loam,
  • The Performative Biofact,
  • HEPHY/CERN [if there is interest],
  • Our Place in Space at Natural History Museum [Open Call]
  • Science in the City at Malta Valetta 2018 [Open Call]

Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Medical University of Vienna, Franz Keinberger and Andrea Maier

The University Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine has four clinical departments (General Radiology and Pediatric Radiology, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Nuclear Medicine) and three research centers (Excellence Center Hochfeld-MR, Computational Imaging Research (CIR), Preclinical Research Laboratories (PIL & EXPNUK)). In addition, the University Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine is networked with the translational research clusters Medical Imaging Cluster (MIC), Medical Neurosciences, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Cancer Research / Oncology (Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC)). They offer the complete range of radiography and nuclear medicine, from X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance tomography (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), hybrid methods such as PET / CT and PET / MR, to interventional and minimally invasive image-controlled procedures.

Dr. Franz Kainberger is head of the Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab and deputy head of the Clinical Department of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology. Dr Andrea Maier is a specialist in the department of General Radiology and Pediatric Radiology

Data Loam - The New Knowledge
Martin Reinhart 

The shift to practice-led research in art focuses on the process of making. This parallels the move from indexicality of information to the critical intermediality of objects, facts, materials, ephemera, technology and matter. Taken together, these multiple correlations generate complex interdependent patterns that also function as new generators of meaning and knowledge but are currently inaccessible. What is urgently needed is an accessible topography which expresses the multidimensional, dynamic construction of all these correlations. Data Loam will provide the basis for a set of new tools in practice-led research that both account for the process of making and capture knowledge previously lost in the jungle of big data. The combined skill sets of the collaborating artists, philosophers, software engineers, physicists and library scientists will make this necessary common language possible.

The Performative Biofact 
Lucy Strecker

Since the 20th century the relationship between ecology and the arts has increasingly shaped various concepts of performance art. These have developed training and working systems such as biomechanics, somatic dance techniques or psychological realistic acting methods (Giannachi and Steward 2005) based on the analysis of natural phenomena. However, the life sciences have fundamentally changed what we understand by nature and ecology and, as the philosopher and biologist Nicole C. Karafyllis explains, the Aristotelian demarcation between nature and technology as a separation between what grows and what does not is no longer valid. Agri-technology and biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering or cloning mean that life forms can to a great extent also be artifcial or technological. Consequently, this project ‘The Performative Biofact’ aims to rethink and practically research the relationship between ecology and performance art anew.


Interdisciplinary and experimental research seminar with Bernd Kraftner; mainly on Tuesday afternoons

'Nature has lost it's innosence. We have learned that "the others" are no longer outside; that Non-humans (Plants, Animals, Tools, Artifactsect.) have to be brought back into the description in a more active capacity. This marks the disappearance of older notions of nature and of its counterpart, namely culture "A disappearance that is itself due to the fact that everybody (...) is being pulled deeper and deeper into the same ecological maelstrom" (Latour 2014).'

Bernd Kraftner 2017

'Which ingredients are neccessary to transform Nature into 'Natura Naturans'- a place wherein bodies strive to enhance their power of activity by forging alliances with other forces in their vacinity?' (Bennett, J. on Spinoza, 2004)

Fact Box

October 03, 2017, 09:30h