Head: Assoc. Prof. Mag.phil. Brigitte Felderer
Pablo Calderón Salazar (Brussels/Bogotá), Kathrin Wildner (Berlin), Giulia Zonca/IHCRA (Paris)
Visiting Artist/Architect/Author 2021/22:
Visiting Artists 2022:
Böhler & Orendt
Today, more than half of the world population lives
in cities, and according to UN reports another 200,000 people arrive each day. In the next 20 years, cities around the globe
will expand by 1.5 million square kilometres and in 25 years two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. In this
global event we can identify the triggering factors behind tremendous restructuring processes: the transformational power
of the industrial and digital revolution. This development places cities as complex, self-generating environments under enormous
pressure. Through the densification and concentration of the population, economy, capital, and media, as well as culture and
knowledge in urban agglomerations, both their spatial and social fabric are subject to overproportional stress.
In order to account for this global development, new concepts are needed that address the overall process
of knowledge production in society. Especially art universities are predestined to formulate these new, distinct perspectives
on the inherent logic of cities and the corresponding dynamics of their processes. Artistic research can generate links between
multifaceted disciplinary expertise and the problems posed by the urban realm. The University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte)
has therefore implemented a new master degree programme dedicated to these challenges that emerge within urban social systems
and the broad spectrum of related issues.
The shaping of reality viewed on the example of urban agglomerations
and contrasted with the urban context of Vienna initially forms both the field of work and the scale for the realisation of
the individual projects.