Head: Ass. Prof. Mag.phil. Brigitte Felderer
Fine Arts: Barbara Putz-Plecko, Univ.-Prof.
Design: Ruth Mateus-Berr, ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Mag.art
Felderer, Ass. Prof. Mag.phil.
External special expertise field 2017/18:
Jochen Becker (Berlin)
Oliver Ressler (Wien)
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.
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.