Institute of Arts and Society

Head: Univ.-Prof. Mag. phil. Eva Maria Stadler
Since high levels of specialization and fragmentation of living conditions are distorting the direct access to the complexity of reality, we started (re)-constructing reality and substituting it with a less complex equivalent, involving society into a constant process of ‘reality invention’.

Consequently, the way society perceives the modern world is increasingly defined by theoretical knowledge, primarily represented in science, technology and innovation. Knowledge takes the place of industry and agriculture as a key factor in economic development, turning the post-industrial society into a knowledge-society.
Acknowledging this global restructuring phenomenon, we need to investigate into strategies that are operating beyond technology-centered approaches. Involving the arts in the process of knowledge production would be a means of creating inclusive solutions and flexible concepts of societal change.

The role of the arts within this process is not defined as a practice of adding esthetic value to a given result. To the contrary, art is the driving conceptual force, fueling the process of development from initial investigation to final resolution. Art has the capacity to deliver a descriptive model of structural possibilities of society, not by imitating reality but by anticipating the unexpected.
Art has the ability to articulate new, distinctive perspectives on the inherent logic of cities and the corresponding dynamics of societies, creating strategies for both the spatial and societal fabric.


Contact: Rosemarie Patsch