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WORK OUT #1–3
2017 - currentWORK OUT, an analogy to both physical activity as well as the process of problem solving, is the culmination of our first year of studies. Much like a science-oriented laboratory, the studios of the Art & Science department are a place where different narratives and visualization strategies are explored. Impacted by diverse discourses reaching from astronomy to medicine, critical studies to logic, the shows feature the diverse artistic practices of painting, drawing, building and performing in relationship to scientific inquiry.
- Exhibition text (1st year students)
For the academic year 2017/18 there is a selection of research partners that students can choose to work with for their project work: Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Data Loam, The Performative Biofact, CERN/HEPHY [if there is interest], Our Place in Space at Natural History Museum [Open Call] and Science in the City at Malta Valetta 2018 [Open Call]
Individual projects are driven by students with the help of the research partners and supervised through the ‘Roundtable discussions’ on Tuesday mornings. The works are developed during one year, consisting of a semester presentation in January 2018 and a final presentation in June 2018. Outcome: Each student should produce and ‘exhibit’ a work in connection to one of the research partners above. The exhibition or event can be organised with the collaboration partners or by the student(s) themselves.
The main collaboration partners for the first year students are:
Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna
Franz Kainberger & 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
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
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 artificial or technological. Consequently, this project ‘The Performative Biofact’ aims to rethink and practically research the relationship between ecology and performance art anew.
Other collaboration partners that are available are:
CERN / HEPHY
Offer for students interested to continue the collaboration with CERN/HEPHY from 2016/17. Students should put together a proposal and organise themselves with the institutions.
Our Place in Space
Natural History Museum Vienna
Open call for students and alumni to take part in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Vienna
Science in the City
Malta Valetta 2018
Open call for students and alumni of the Art & Science´s Master Programme to take part in the festival "Science in the City" as part of Malta Valetta 2018 in September