Center Research Focus

Head: Dr.phil. Alexander Damianisch
University Professors Artistic Research PhD Programme: Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond

The Zentrum Fokus Forschung's function is to realize projects in post-graduate research areas of art and science (research projects, incl. projects evolving from artistic doctoral studies) and to support significant developments of art and science in general.

The Zentrum Fokus Forschung is a unit – complementarily to existing departments – at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in which independent artistic research is generated and connected; artistic work thereby is regarded as the basis of knowledge production, of course in a productive relation towards existing ways of knowledge development, as they have been established in other fields of research.
The foundation of the Zentrum Fokus Forschung is based on a rich and successful praxis of research (Events: Applied Practice; Documentation (film): Applied Practice, Context: Exhibition Hong Kong 2015) at the Angewandte (Kewords: Projects, incl. PEEK; Report 2014: Research and Developement Projects, p. 51 ff) ).

The aim is to generate fresh knowledge regarding specific issues in the arts by providing an adequate institutional focus, to contextualize artistic research and to adequately communicate results in both national and international artistic environments.

The Zentrum Fokus Forschung’s core task is to coordinate and develop research activities. As a matter of principle, research in the sense of comprehensive knowledge production is open to any outcome, everything is possible.