The Angewandte is recognized internationally as a leading center of excellence for art and research. In view of the developments of recent years, the institution has positioned itself favorably by strategically developing competency in the realization of transdisciplinary projects yielding innovative solutions with widespread social impact.

Within the field of arts-based research, the Angewandte has taken a leading role in Austria, while also enjoying great respect internationally. One indicator of its achievements in this regard is the regular success of its grant applications to the FWF Austrian Science Fund's Program for Arts-based Research (PEEK).



Creativity in general and the arts in particular are increasingly recognized as drivers of cultural, economic, political, social, and scientific innovation and development.

In Art and Research (see Art and Research: Can Artists Be Researchers, Edited by Bast et al, Springer, 2011), some of the principal questions to be explored by the ARIS project, are outlined:
  • Could and should Artists be Researchers?
  • How are the systems of the Arts and the Sciences connected and/or disconnected?
  • What is the position and status of the Arts in definingg the terms "progress" and "development"


  • The project's main objective is provocation. We are engaged in a balancing act: on the one hand, art students at the Angewandte should be prepared for future participation in the art market; on the other hand, they should also question this market's operation and its dominance. I am not against the market, but art should also have a strong effectivity beyond the economic sector.

    We live in a culture of answers, with science suggesting that “We explain the world.” Art takes a fully different approach. The arts do not have the function of explaining the world, but of questioning reality and creating new realities. The present explosion of knowledge does not necessarily imply an epistemic progress. Knowledge also needs association and internal linking, and the arts could play a key role here. Art is the synapse between the towers of knowledge. Association is an intellectual power resource, and art is its center of excellency.
    Gerald Bast
  • ARIS has been a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to look in a systemativ and substantive way into issues that are at the interface of art, economy and society - and particularly creative economy and society.

    Arts are very fundamental; basically they are the essence of humanity. Arts are the manifestaion of creativity.
    Elias G. Carayannis
  • Traditionally the arts are seen as belonging to the realm of aesthetics. And yet there is another approach, which stresses the inquiring and innovative character of the arts and their function in a knowledge-based society. When one adopts this perspective, one must also assert that the arts are of eminent significance to society.

    We must free our thinking from the primacy of economics and from the focus on growth in quantitative terms. To put it another way: the economy is too important for us to just leave it up to the economists. We need more interdisciplinarity.
    David Campbell

Arts, Research, Innovation and Society

New Series edited by Springer New York

Gerald Bast, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University

David F. J. Campbell, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Authors Maria Aiolova, Gerald Bast, David F. J. Campbell, Elias G. Carayannis, Alexander Damianisch, Anthony Dunne, Anton Falkeis, Ma Jin, Mitchell Joachim, Richard Jochum, Ruth Mateus-Berr, Ali Pirzadeh, Denisa Popescu, Barbara Putz-Plecko, Fiona Raby, Giaco Schiesser, Vivienne Wang, Peter Weibel, Lou Yongqi

Presentation of ARIS Book #1: Arts, Research, Innovation and Society

Venue of the book presentation will be the Angewandte Innovation Lab, Franz Josefs Kai 3, 1010 Vienna, and the book presentation event is scheduled for December 1, 2014, 16:00 (4:00 pm)