Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2018

Aesthetics of change – 150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

A cooperation between the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the MAK

In 1867 the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (today’s MAK) to enable Austrian arts and crafts to compete internationally. This school is the antecedent institution of today’s University of Applied Arts Vienna, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The exhibition AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna in two parts casts a glance back onto 150 years of the University’s history, while at the same time daring to look into the future.

The Angewandte: 1867–2017: From A to Z
This time span is the topic of the first part of the jubilee exhibition in the MAK’s lower Exhibition Hall, curated by Elisabeth Schmuttermeier and Patrick Werkner. The objects on view are from the University’s own collections, supplemented by works from the MAK’s holdings. Associated with this are thousands of people in teaching and studies, among them “stars” from the history of art, design, and architecture, as well as relative unknown names.

With an encyclopedic arrangement of the topical points, the exhibition highlights the vicissitudes of the Angewandte’s history and the developments it begat and begets. Up-to-date videos to convey a sense of contemporary education, showcase student projects, and give glimpses into life at the Angewandte.

The Angewandte: 150 Plus Thirty
The second part of the jubilee exhibition in the MAK’s upper Exhibition Hall, curated by Gerald Bast and Peter Weibel, outlines theses for the future and advocates for a reorientation of education, art, and society. Three chapters present aggregated trends. The exhibition focuses on current and visionary research, in addition to contemporary artistic positions.

Member, University of Applied Arts, 2017

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Third term as head of the Institute of Fine and Media Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna until 31.10.2019. Deputy is Ruth Schnell.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2017

The Essence17

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
June 28th to July 11th, 2017. Opening June 27th, 2017, 19:00.
Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 14:00 to 18:00, Thursday 14:00 to 21:00.

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University of Applied Arts, 2017

University of Applied Arts Vienna

The new website of "Art & Science" goes online. Responsive design allows adaptation to all output media.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2017

Circuit Training

A foray into the world of the Large Hadron Collider
An exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Art & Science and Site-Specific Art) in cooperation with CERN (art@CMS and HEPHY – Institute of High Energy Physics).

Maybe some of you are familiar with the term 'Circuit Training'. It refers to a programme of physical activities that work each section of our bodies individually. When one circuit of the programme is done, either through coercion or (free) will, we begin the first exercise again for the next circuit. In order to probe the fundamental structure of the universe, physicists have implemented a sophisticated circuit training for the basic constituents of matter: accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. We assume that those particles follow the instructions of physicists with a mixture of obedience and free will…
In the context of the cooperation with art@CMS and HEPHY (Institute of High Energy Physics), students of Art & Science and Site-Specific Art have explored the many facets that a large and multinational institution like CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) encompasses. The wide-ranging investigations go from the Large Hadron Collider to the small print of politics and economy, from particle accelerators to solid bureaucracy, from the Big Bang to the growth of conspiracy theories. While roaming around CERN and becoming detectors ourselves, several questions started circulating. How do these experiments and the images they produce transcend beyond screens and light beams into different states of matter and the realities we live in? How will our artistic strategies develop in relation to the biggest camera and microscope on our planet?
The outcomes are presented in the group exhibition at das weisse haus.
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Research, University of Applied Arts, 2019

Data Loam

The current excess of computational capacity begun to bring central questions about the nature of the humanities and natural science to light. Questions that critical artists have started to ask long before: how does science determine social structures, how does it shape our reality? What was important enough to be a subject to further examination, what has been overlooked or deliberately suppressed?

We want to go one step further and use novel computer-assisted research as well as software-based visualization methods to understand how knowledge is organized in world information systems like The Library of Congress or Wikipedia. We want to develop an interface to this "topography of knowledge" in order to see how these powerful systems express a structure to the information they contain over and above the facts themselves, since this is inherent to the ideologies used to catalogue and index them, all of which evolve over time.

The novel view we will pursue, addresses objects and objectivity  but, unlike traditional metrics, the materiality of the objects will be considered in an expanded sense; that is, via  the multiple vectors of meaning (perception, opinion, facticity, truth, semantics) that have been attributed to them over time whilst, simultaneously addressing the ‘radical matter’ of the algorithms as constituted by the flow of zeroes and ones. This "topography of knowledge" will enable a stronger relation to Big Data (or Metadata) as something quite different and far removed from surveillance or invasion of privacy; it will, at least in part, work toward the ability to establish a stronger, profoundly pluralistic democracy of objects and to understand human prejudice as a historical factor that can be calculated and traced.

We want to investigate and explore the possibilities of artistic interaction with these big “bodies” of data and are proposing to transform data into some kind of "matter" that allows us to touch, restructure and re-organize it.

DATA LOAM – the new material we want to introduce with this project – is based on the substance that already is used (and often abused) by institutions, governmental agencies and industries. We want nothing less than to enable everyone to create and shape a true/fictional/absurd variation of the world as we know it: A laboratory of  possible realities. Data Loam will provide a powerful set of metrics that can be used to enable anyone to ‘think outside the box’ whilst simultaneously ushering in a replacement paradigm which encourages all of us to be the philosophers and artists of our time.
University of Applied Arts, 2016

Circuit Training

Excursion of students from "Art & Science" and "Site specific Art" (Paul Petritsch) to CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland including a visit to the "Large Hadron Collider".
Member, University of Applied Arts, 2016

University of Applied Arts Vienna

On 1 October 2016 beginning of the second term as a main member of the Senate of the University of Applied Arts Vienna until 30.9.2019.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2016

The Essence16

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Opening June 30th, 2016, 19:00.
Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna
Opening hours: 1 July to 15 July 2016, Monday to Tuesday from 14:00 to 18:00, Thursday 14:00 to 21:00, closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2016

[dis]placement – Information through Sound

Citygate Shopping, Wagramer Strasse 195, 1210 Vienna, 3 June to 13 June 2016, daily 10:00 to 20:00 (Sunday closed)

Inspired by the annual topic of the Art & Science project work "Information through sound" (Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich) and the seminar "sound as source" (Univ.-Lekt. Mag.art. Karl Salzmann), the term sound/noise was employed as a tool for analysis and experimentation by the students of the Art & Science Department and the Industrial Design Department as well as by visiting students from the Academy of Fine Arts. The carrier medium "sound" or "noise" includes in addition to its physical qualities (volume, wavelength, or frequency) — depending on how it is listened to or on the listener — a broad range of other information such as cultural, social and/or political meanings. The aim of the project was not just to use sound as an object of investigation, but rather to use sound as a tool to investigate various fields such as architecture, geology, acoustics, psychology, physics, chemistry, urban development, anthropology, philosophy, queer studies, sociology, or aesthetics.
The term and title "[dis]placement" served the students in relation to various topics as a starting point. On one hand, the works correspond directly to the place, a shopping mall, which is rarely used in the context of art, science and research as an exhibition space or laboratory. On the other hand, the student’s project works used spatial dislocation as a tool to disconnect original as well as artificially produced connotations in order to analyse their context through their objects of investigation.
How does our perception change when sound is extracted from its original source and then implemented within a totally new acoustic surrounding? What is the social and cultural impact generated by such transitions, and how can they be documented artistically and scientifically?
The exhibition space, placed within the Citygate shopping mall, becomes a laboratory and teaching space over the course of four weeks. Practical hands-on sessions, workshops, and theoretical discourse take place to delve deeper into developing the works further for a final  presentation in the form of an exhibition. Download folder.
Member, University of Applied Arts, 2015

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Second term as head of the Institute of Fine and Media Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna until 31.10.2017. Deputy is Ruth Schnell.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2015

The Essence15

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Exhibition duration: June 26 to July 12, 2015
Opening hours: daily except Monday 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.
Research, University of Applied Arts, 2016

The European Union (Horizon 2020) funded project AXIOM develops the first open source film camera. The project is hosted at Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and involves a consortium of four other organisations in three different EU countries: Apertus Association (Austria), antmicro (Poland), af inventions (Germany) and Denz (Germany).

Lecture, University of Applied Arts, 2014
Panel discussion "Expect the Unexpected" with Gerald Bast, Renée Schroeder, Alan Scott, Nora Sternfeld, Peter Weibel, Virgil Widrich. Moderator: Renata Schmidtkunz.
AIL Angewandte Innovation Lab, Franz Josefs Kai 3, 1010 Vienna, 10.03.2014, 13 AM.
Research, University of Applied Arts, 2018

The Future of the Control Room

The department Art & Science at the  University of Applied Arts Vienna hosts the research project "The Future of the Control Room". The aim of this research project is to question the current state of control rooms and thereby create new concepts for an overall design of how a future control room could look like. The Research includes the fields of history, film, architecture, human-computer interaction, software, GUI-development and the politics of interface design.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2014

The Essence14

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Exhibition duration: June 26 to July 13, 2014
Opening hours: daily except Monday 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2014

Biosphere n+1

Models and Realities: Versions of Sustainability
Exhibition and transdisciplinary Play in 3 Acts
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU),
Foyer of Franz Schwackhöfer Haus, Peter-Jordan-Straße 82, 1190 Vienna

Envisioning a sustainable future of our planet leads to many attempts to integrate scientific disciplines and respective research methods. Biosphere 2 was a living model world with the aim to study the interactions between humans, farming and technology. The ecological experiment was implemented in the 1990s in the Arizona desert and tried to build a closed, independent system that resembled the most important factors of Earth’s ecosystem. Compared to today’s fine-tuned computational models, which are used to understand, simulate and control real-world systems and tackle transformation towards sustainability, the project of Biosphere 2 can serve as a model for an experimental and performative mode of living that dreams of new ways of doing the natural and the social. The cooperation between students of the Art & Science master’s programme and the Doctoral School of Sustainable Development uses Biosphere 2 as a starting point to develop a transdisciplinary play that enacts "biospherian" versions of sustainability.
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Member, University of Applied Arts, 2014

University of Applied Arts Vienna

On 12 June 2014 appointment as a main member of the Senate of the University of Applied Arts Vienna until 30.9.2016.
Member, University of Applied Arts, 2013

University of Applied Arts Vienna

On 26.11.2013 election as head of the Institute of Fine and Media Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Deputy is Ruth Schnell.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2013

Crucial Experiments

An exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna during Vienna Art Week 2013
November 19th to 22nd, 2013
MuseumsQuartier/Ovalhalle, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

The exhibition project aims to re-enact scientific experiments that are considered as crucial. What is a crucial experiment? Some explain it as an experiment that takes place at a fork and helps us to decide which way to go. Think, for instance, of Einstein’s theory of relativity: His famous "Gedankenexperimente" were elegant, but how to prove that they relate to reality? Or think of Newton’s prism experiments to show the composition of light. In our time, a crucial experiment may test the "De-Broglie-Bohm trajectories for indistinguishable particles" to reconsider the wave-particle duality. There are crucial experiments considered as being successful, and others that failed miserably: see, for example, the article in the journal American Society for Psychical Research from 1907, in which a physician comes to the conclusion that the soul substance weighs on average 21 grammes. Finally, there were highly controversial crucial experiments, which were wiped from the scientific agenda as if their authors had claimed to have created gold from sand. However, the question of whether a chemical transfer of knowledge is possible or whether cold fusion can solve our energy problems might still be a worthwhile pursuit.

The exhibition presents case studies of crucial experiments, which students of the Art & Science master degree programme elaborate by examining the topic of crucial experiments in the sciences. The methodological framework of "re-enactment" enables the exploration of historical or contemporary, realistic or fictional, sceptical and obsessive approaches to creating experimental set-ups by means of different artistic media and research strategies. The outcome of this artistic research should give an impression of the messy interface and intricate relationships between theory and practice, models and observations, predictions and desires.

The compilation of the case studies was conducted in collaboration with cooperation partners at various scientific institutes in Vienna. The Art & Science students visit and learn at these institutes on a regular basis in order to develop their own artistic projects in the field and in relation to current issues in research. Drawing from these existing networks, the group-works by the students on "crucial experiments" have been developed in a process of interdisciplinary exchange with the partner institutes. These re-enacted experiments will be presented at Vienna Art Week 2013, passing on the resulting questions to a public audience for discussion.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2013

The Essence13

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Exhibition duration: June 26 to July 14, 2013
Opening hours: daily except Monday 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2013

14/16, on-site research

micro-exhibits at six places
In order to investigate the relationships between different artistic and scientific representational cultures, students of the master degree programme "Art & Science" left the studio at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and dispersed to several scientific partner institutions. They entered worlds with different questions and found open-minded researchers and scientists to carefully observe. Being not invisible themselves, the observers unwittingly left marks in their field of observation and quickly became study subjects as well. To reflect on this process of ‘observed investigation’ 16 students implemented 14 small site-specific works at the partner institutes creating a larger network of ‘micro exhibits’. A bus tour circumscribing the new found interlacing relations and now much-extended lab space of the students concludes this winter semester’s journey: the search for correlations between art and science went beyond distanced observation and started to inspire relationships between different types of researchers.
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All places with exhibits:
Department of Limnology, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Savoyenstraße 1, 1160 Vienna
Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Am Campus 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna
Kea Lab, Haidlhof 204, 2540 Großau/Bad Vöslau
Art & Science Studio, Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3, 1030 Vienna
Lecture, University of Applied Arts, 2012

University of Applied Arts Vienna

The X-rays and the cinema
Lecture on the occasion of "175 Years of the Medical Society in Vienna", Billrothhaus, Frankgasse 8, 1090 Vienna, 19.12.2012, 19:00.

Film screening, Lecture, University of Applied Arts, 2012

tx-transform

Lecture about "tx-transform" at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Am Campus 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, 3.12.2012, 17:00.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2012

The Essence12

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Exhibition duration: June 27 to July 15, 2012
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

The title Here and There refers to an on-going research and investigation project of the students of the Art & Science master  programme. At the beginning of the summer semester, the programme entered into a cooperation phase with several scientific institutions in Austria, and students began to perform ethnographic research, in various scientific fields of their choosing. Through means of participatory observation, it was (and is) an attempt to deepen their understandings of research practices and scientific lifestyles.
Here and there also relates to an oscillating emotional and intellectual (and epistemological) moving between world-views, disciplines, practices, rituals, languages and theories. This travelling between art studio and scientific lab, artist and researcher, attempts to give the students the opportunity to track down a matter of concern and to develop a research question, with the potential to be elaborated into a master thesis. The work on display mirrors some of the experiences and reflexions of the participants in these cooperations.
Research, University of Applied Arts, 2016

Liquid Things

Materials have always been transmitters of messages. Today they have acquired a new relevance as a result of the increasing flows of information that shape our societies. Consequently, many scientific fields are simultaneously developing ways of expanding the potential of matter to handle these flows. On the road to realising concepts like "programmable matter" or "adaptive architecture", research groups on "mediated matter", "transitive materials" and "metamaterials" have recently emerged. However, these young realms are characterised by a mechanistic way of thinking which leaves promising aspects of these novel, active and metamorphic materials unelaborated.
Considering Gaston Bachelard’s poetic essays on the influence of matter on imagination and that fact that our culture has been charged with ideas about transformations since the apparition of Ovid’s "Metamorphoses" two thousand years ago, we propose a practical and critical approach to the genuine advances in this field made by computer and materials sciences, physics and chemistry to face questions regarding issues such as the physical resonance of materials becoming active or their potential to cause a renegotiation of our material reality.
We take both referential contexts, namely the scientific developments and the imagination applied to transformations of matter and combine them to present new ideas, concepts and concrete actions with the intention of expanding artistic perspectives.
The project Liquid Things is organised in three modules: Material/Technology, Theory/Reflection and Art/Process, each including several international invitations for concentrated, time-limited cooperations ending in individual presentations. The first module focuses on experiments with novel materials; the second deepens the context and sets the theoretical framework for our research; and finally, the third consists of the creation of artistic prototypes. The main outcomes are presented in: two workshops on the artistic manipulation of active materials, a symposium that reflects on the theoretical and practical field addressed in the project in relation to art-based research, an exhibition that places the prototypes in a public venue for open discussion and a final published book, which summarizes the processes, collaborations, activities and results of the project. The three modules are deeply intertwined and allow the development of a critical and simultaneously deep and original collaboration with matter.
Roman Kirschner
Lecture, University of Applied Arts, 2011

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Vienna according to checkpointmedia – Media based City Tour
On 6 December 2011 Virgil Widrich led a group of students from the Hani Rashid architecture class (University of Applied Arts Vienna) through Vienna city centre to two very different scenes of checkpointmedia's work. In the Mozarthaus Vienna (exhibition architecture by Gustav Pichelmann) the focus was on recreating a historical personality using new media in a listed building.

The approach adopted at the Visitor Centre in the Parliament building was entirely different: under the direction of the architects Geiswinkler&Geiswinkler a new structure was built underneath the old historic building in which the history and modus operandi of democracy in Austria are presented with the aid of media. The excursion was rounded off by a talk given by Agnes Hannes in the checkpointmedia offices.
Jury, University of Applied Arts, 2011

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Member of the Jury for the project "Film: the filmed Joke" at the class Graphic Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna".
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2011

Things that talk

A showcase from the Friends of the Natural History Cabinet Association archives
A cooperation between the University of Applied Arts Vienna/Art & Science and the Museum of Natural History Vienna during Vienna Art Week 2011.
Naturhistorisches Museum, Burgring 7/Central Staircase, 1010 Vienna

"The items exhibited on the central staircase of the Museum of Natural History Vienna have been selected from the long-standing collection of the Friends of the Natural History Cabinet Association. The initiator of the first soirées in the mid-eighteenth century is said to be the illustrious Emperor Franz I (Franz Stephan of Lorraine) himself, whose private Natural History Cabinet is considered to be the origin of the Museum of Natural History. In pursuit of new scientific insights, the Emperor gathered a circle of like-minded amateur collectors and well-known experts, forming an association with the aim to present and create a discussion around current research. Members of the club started to collect objects that were of special interest to their discussions. Over the following decades, this compilation of items seems to have grown more in peculiarity than in number, which is why it has been suggested that parts of the collection have gone lost. Also, rumour has it, in the years it has been stored and almost forgotten in the cellar of the museum, some items have been assumed part of the collection, which were not previously included. The social tradition of the Friends of the Natural History Cabinet Association continues still today, with current members holding regular meetings in the form of a dinner at the museum each week. For this current exhibition selected items from the association’s collection were prepared for display by the Art & Science class/University of Applied Arts Vienna in collaboration with the Friends of the Natural History Cabinet Association."
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2011

The Essence11

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Weiskirchnerstraße 3, 1010 Vienna
Duration of the exhibition: 28. June to 17. July 2011, opening times: Tuesday 10:00 to 24:00 , Wednesday to Thursday 10:00 to 18:00.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2011

Parameter{world} - parameters for every or no thing

Exhibition University of Applied Arts Vienna
On 29/03/2011, the preview of the exhibition "parameter{world} - parameters for every or no thing" took place. Students from the master's course in "Art & Science Visualization" at the University of Applied Arts (artistic director: Virgil Widrich) showed their projects. The exhibition ran from 30 March to 1 April 2011 at Vordere Zollamtsstr. 3, 1030 Vienna. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Lecture, University of Applied Arts, 2010

University of Applied Arts Vienna

vor – BILD – end
Visualisations in science and art
Visual perception is a key process for human beings. Consequently, images play an important role in both science and art.

In science, images are primary data or serve as visualisations that help to make sense of information. In research, images are accordingly found at the beginning and end of a process of recognition. Images as works of art can be understood as the culmination of creative activity but can equally serve as the inspiration at the beginning of a creative process.

Presentation in the Planetarium, Vienna

On 24/11/2010 dialog<>gentechnik, in cooperation with pooool, presents "vor - BILD - end" in the Planetarium, Vienna: visualisations in science and art

Compère: Leo Andras Findeisen
Virgil Widrich, director
Tanja Gesell, scientist
Musical résumé by Dominik Nostitz
Video performance by Jan Lauth, Simone Carneiro and Peter Koger
Commented by Renée Schröder
Audio performance: Peter Szely
University of Applied Arts, 2010

University of Applied Arts Vienna

As planned, on 30.9.2010 Virgil Widrich finishes the direction of "Digitale Kunst" and from now on is completely devoted to the new master course "Art & Science". Ruth Schnell becomes his successor.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2010

The Essence10 – Hyperactive Prototypes

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Exhibition duration: June 24 to July 18, 2010
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., Thu 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

Hyperactive Prototypes
As part of the annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, which bears the title "The Essence 10", from June 24 to July 18, 2010, the Digital Art Department will be presenting 15 pieces of work by digital art graduates under the title "Hyperactive Prototypes" in the Künstlerhaus, Vienna.
The range of selected works on display encompasses interactive and network-based installations, algorithmically designed sculptures, sensor-controlled objects, reactive sound sculptures, sound environments and mobile sound installations.   
The works are prototypes of differing forms of artistic approach and media aesthetic realisation. They are the results of an  experimental, artistic involvement with a process-oriented spatial mediality determined by algorithms.
This catalogue is a concise record of the projects presented.  All the projects represent diploma artwork submitted by students during the academic year 2009/10. (Diploma supervisors: DI Architect Nicolaj Kirisits, a.o.Univ.-Prof. Mag. art. Ruth Schnell and Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich).

Vienna, June 2010
Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich

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University of Applied Arts, 2009

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Virgil Widrich is appointed art director of the new master course "Art & Science Visualization" at the University of Applied Arts that begins in autumn 2009.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2009

The Essence09 – Digital Traces

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Vordere Zollamtstraße 3, Room EG11, A-1030 Vienna, Exhibition duration: June 26 to July 15, 2009, opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Digital Traces
As part of the annual exhibition of the "Angewandte", which this year bears the title "Essence09", the Digital Art Department will be presenting the diploma work of its students from the 2009 summer semester.
The ten works selected are representative prototypes for differing artistic approaches and medial-aesthetic realisation. At the same time, they also exemplify the diversity of the fields of production and research within the digital art sphere, which are developed and taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. 
The range of works on display incorporates interactive installations and video sculptures, GAMEArt, Internet and webcam projects, and kinetic objects.
They are the result of an artistic analysis of the effects of the information technology-related changes in our perception and concept of reality in the age of the digital code.

Vienna, June 2009
Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich, Mag. art. Ruth Schnell

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Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2009

Alias in Wonderland

Exhibition of the Digital Art Department/University of Applied Arts Vienna,
June 25th to July12 2009, Freiraum/quartier21, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien

Text for the exhibition by Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich and Dipl. Ing. Arch. Nicolaj Kirisits:
The shaping of reality takes place using references and images. In the digital age, the number of images has grown exponentially. In computing, a reference point is designated as an "alias". The alias was invented in order to be able to use memory capacity in a more efficient manner.  The alias is subject to size limitations, but nonetheless already provides an idea of the original to which it refers. Thus an alias in a computer is a signpost to a larger file and a reference to data that exists elsewhere. Accordingly, in other words, an alias is a type of key, or "rabbit hole" to memory. 

In the economics of attentiveness, the alias can also be understood as a unit of currency. The more frequently a scientist employs quotations, an artist creates recipes or a star is commented upon, the higher the social and monetary value. At the same time, the alias constitutes a reduction of the original, whereby images are more easily scaled down than artistic formats such as theatre, performance or interactive art.  Artistic formats, which cannot employ reduction as a quality, are among the losers. By contrast, there are banal interventions, the reduced images of which, attract attention and can be easily disseminated in digital forms as an alias, and thus achieve undreamt of success.
Like everything else, art is created in the mind of the recipient and therefore, even the original can be understood as a reference to the actual place where reality is created. 
The concept of the "Alias in Wonderland" exhibition facilitates the simultaneous and compact representation of the diversity of both the "Digital Art" class and its work. For every "original", an alias has been created, whereby on occasion the alias can itself be the original. An area 30x30x30cm has been stipulated for the exhibits, which are contained in a mobile base. Visitors in Wonderland can move every alias and two docking stations are available for the release of classified, supplementary information and media content from the work. The originals are elsewhere.
Publication, University of Applied Arts, 2009

Catalogue "Alias in Wonderland"

Exhibition of the Digital Art Department/University of Applied Arts Vienna,
June 25th to July12 2009, Freiraum/quartier21, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien

Text for the exhibition by Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich and Dipl. Ing. Arch. Nicolaj Kirisits:
The shaping of reality takes place using references and images. In the digital age, the number of images has grown exponentially. In computing, a reference point is designated as an "alias". The alias was invented in order to be able to use memory capacity in a more efficient manner.  The alias is subject to size limitations, but nonetheless already provides an idea of the original to which it refers. Thus an alias in a computer is a signpost to a larger file and a reference to data that exists elsewhere. Accordingly, in other words, an alias is a type of key, or "rabbit hole" to memory. 

In the economics of attentiveness, the alias can also be understood as a unit of currency. The more frequently a scientist employs quotations, an artist creates recipes or a star is commented upon, the higher the social and monetary value. At the same time, the alias constitutes a reduction of the original, whereby images are more easily scaled down than artistic formats such as theatre, performance or interactive art.  Artistic formats, which cannot employ reduction as a quality, are among the losers. By contrast, there are banal interventions, the reduced images of which, attract attention and can be easily disseminated in digital forms as an alias, and thus achieve undreamt of success.
Like everything else, art is created in the mind of the recipient and therefore, even the original can be understood as a reference to the actual place where reality is created. 
The concept of the "Alias in Wonderland" exhibition facilitates the simultaneous and compact representation of the diversity of both the "Digital Art" class and its work. For every "original", an alias has been created, whereby on occasion the alias can itself be the original. An area 30x30x30cm has been stipulated for the exhibits, which are contained in a mobile base. Visitors in Wonderland can move every alias and two docking stations are available for the release of classified, supplementary information and media content from the work. The originals are elsewhere.
Exhibition, University of Applied Arts, 2008

The Essence08 – Digitale Kunst

Annual exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Weiskirchnerstraße 3, 1010 Vienna, duration of the exhibition: 27. June to 13. July 2008, opening times: daily 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday 10:00 to 24:00, closed on Monday.

In Place of a Title
No motto is comprehensive enough to cover all the works of "digital art" that I was able to select for THE ESSENCE 08:
What heading could convey both the deceleration of old video games (Matthias Kassmannhuber: Mode x) and the reinvention of the invention of moving pictures (Ile Cvetkoski: MOBIPRAXINOSCOPE)?
Into what single category do Stephan Wiesinger, who has us reassemble pixels in Analog vs. Digital, Friedrich Zorn, who shows what a blind man cannot see in Vienna in walking, and Peter Tilg and Nicholas Wormus, whose work BREAKING NEWS at last proves that there is nothing on television, fit?
Nina Kataeva visualises the fear factor at the stock exchange using airbags (C[R]ASH). Florian  Waldner’s tweeters, that hang from the ceiling and cast audible waves around the room, and the sound-producing plants in Nina Tommasi’s biogenous instrumentation are acoustically related.
In SWAPPING PLACES, Ruth Brozek triggers sex changes by means of asynchronicity. In Günter Seyfried’s Mutants from Innerspace, image data is stored in living organisms as genetic code where it mutates into new images under the influence of the environment.
Sophie Wagner uses GPS to survey an uninhabited island and composes images and sounds along its medial borders (Brzina hodanja).
Gottfried Haider approaches the same island from above, scanning it from a balloon (Nebelmeer über Plocica). Finally, as if rounding off the diversity and openness of the 13 works presented, Jan Perschy drifts off into the cosmos with his model of a system for creating a model of the cosmos.
Prof. Virgil Widrich, June 2008

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University of Applied Arts, 2007

University of Applied Arts Vienna

In the autumn of 2007, Virgil Widrich begins his tenure as professor of digital arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Lecture, University of Applied Arts, 1999

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Lecture "The Painter and the CD-ROM". University of Applied Arts Vienna, an event series of master class o.Prof. Christian Ludwig Attersee.
5.5.1999, 16:00 at Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H., Margaretenstraße 22, 1040 Vienna