departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna

departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna is a residence program for young international Curators and Theorists offered by studio das weisse haus in cooperation with departure, the Creative Agency of the City of Vienna, taking place from May 5 until June 30, 2014.

For the residency, the jury of departure studio 2014 has selected publisher, theorist and art historian Anne Elizabeth Moore.

About “departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna”

Due to the general interest of both organizations involved in the residency program of departure studio 2014, as well as to the cultural context of the City of Vienna, the residency specification is defined by the notion of interdisciplinarity.
The question of creative openness between different disciplines is as regards the remarkable past of Vienna in the field of applied arts more than legitimate. Since the reciprocal influence between fine and applied arts in Vienna was and still is significant and multi-layered, and the general range of contemporary art practices that relate to other fields of human activities is enormous, the framework of departure studio 2014 is characterized by the seeking of potential cross-disciplinary creative approaches.

On one hand, our interest concerns the interdisciplinary practices linking the fields of fine arts with architecture, design, fashion, media and music. On the other hand, we focus on creative practice interconnecting arts, society and science.

The resident is invited to relialize a project on one of these theoretical issues:

1.  interdisciplinary creative practice based on the connection of fine arts and architecture, design, fashion, media or music, or on reflection of the artefacts of pop culture

Is there nowadays a potential of a cross-disciplinary creative practice leading from fine arts towards architecture, applied arts, music and media in Vienna? In what manner do contemporary artists use the references to film, music or fashion as being pop-cultural, mass phenomenons and symptoms of contemporary society? How do the fine arts influence architecture, design and other creative fields and vice versa?

2.  interdisciplinary creative practice based on the connection of art and science or social affairs, eventually using science as an initial stage of art production, visualizing science, or taking “artistic research” as one of the possible methodologies

Besides documentary, conceptual and performative approaches, artistic practice is more and more entering into relation with scientific methods and collaborative (social) practice. What influence can science have on fine arts and how can it be used by artists? How can be artistic strategies used in order to enrich scientific knowledge and what is the specificity of a research performed by artists? How can art enter into social affairs?

departure studio 2014 is open to aesthetic space and time explorations, as well as to the creation of experimental environments for social issues.

The approaches considering the concepts of synthesis of arts and intermediality are more than welcome.

The project should take account of the situation, character, advantages and potential of the City of Vienna in connection to the specified topics. 

Outcome of the departure studio 2014

The residency at studio das weisse haus and departure will result in a theoretical paper on one of the specified topics comprising the outcomes of a research realized during the residency stay. The final outcomes can be eventually extended into a symposium or a different means of presentation.

studio das weisse haus and departure provide the residents with following service:

  • a monthly allowance of eur 1000,-
  • a cover of travel expenses: eur 200,- are assigned to residents coming from a country within Europe, eur 400,- to residents coming from a country outside of Europe
  • a private room in a shared apartment
  • a working space
  • a program of events and activities of both institutions linking the resident to the local art scene (participation in Open Studio Days, studio visits, admittance to various events, exhibitions etc.)

Background of departure
departure, the City of Vienna’s agency for the creative industries, was established in 2003 as Austria’s first independent business promotion agency and service center for companies of the creative industries. departure supports and interconnects Viennese creative industries in the fields of architecture, audio-vision, design, art market, publishing, fashion, multimedia and music. departure has been since years engaged not only in the coordination and link between economy, art and culture, but also in diverse alternatives of cross-disciplinary activities.

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