Understanding. Art & Research - University of Applied Arts in Vienna
Created: 8. 3. 2022 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

Understanding. Art & Research

15. 3. – 9. 4. 2022
Opening: 14. 3. 2022

UM Gallery, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1


The goal is to change our understanding, which is how the main idea of the Understanding. Art & Research exhibition could be expressed, presented at the UM Gallery in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien). The non-traditional exhibition offers a contemporary look at art and art research projects.

"Engaged and critically challenged, we understand research and art as a key contribution to apply rigorous and courageous ways to find untrodden paths: the Angewandte perspectives of transformation." As one of the curators, Alexander Damianisch explains this new approach.

The exhibition consists of eleven artistic research projects that refer to the origin of the environment, exceed the limits of its perception, or simply arouse curiosity. The area of interest is science, art, design, and architecture. The context of change is important for the theme of the exhibition, it is not enough to understand the object, rather it is necessary to understand the situation and the process of change.

One of the works that demonstrate the process of change is the installation tx-mirror by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich. Their mirror works with the changed timing of a projected live image, ie with the interchange of the time and space axis, which provides insight into a new reality. The installation is also a tribute to the Polish artist Zbigniew Rybczynski.

The second project Energy Flows, created in collaboration with UMPRUM and the Department of Structural Design and Timber Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, deals directly with changes: "measuring" them and "rewriting" them into data. The installation is a kind of microcosm in which climate changes, such as temperature and humidity, are recorded. This data is visualized and projected on the walls of the exhibition to show the energy flows of a given location. Its changes are then demonstrated on wax models of coral reefs.

Furthermore two positions by the artistic research duo Anderwald + Grond adressing dizziness will be shown. In their project „the artistic research explores the role of dizzness in art and artistic practice, in philosophy and the cultural and natural sciences. Investigating the visceral experience of dizziness as well as its reflection the cross-disciplinary artistic research addresses dizziness in its physical, mental and metaphorical sense.

Our perception of the world is not fixed but is open to new ways of understanding. The works presented by the UM Gallery speak for themselves.

The exhibition has so far been on display in New Zealand, Singapore, Vienna, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

Curators: Gerald Bast, Alexander Damianisch, Barbara Putz-Plecko.

Exhibited projects:
Co-corporeality – Barbara Imhof, Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme.
Contingent Agencies – Nikolaus Gansterer.
Curiouser and curiouser, cried Alice – Anab Jain, Time’s Up.
The Museum of Lost Technologies
– Ebru Kurbak.
DEMEDARTS Dementia. Empathy. Education. Arts
. – Ruth Mateus-Berr.
Navigating Dizziness Together
– Ruth Anderwald, Leonhard Grond.
Neuromatic Game Art
– Margarete Jahrman.
Radical Matter
– Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich.
Reflecting Oil – Ernst Logar.
The Anthropocene Surge – Michael Wagreich, Katrin Hornek.
Vibrant Fields
– Zeynep Aksöz, Mark Balzar, Bernhard Sommer.

Project Management: Marianna Mondelos.
Production: Šárka Váňová.
Scenography and exhibition design: Wolfgang Fiel, Institute for cultural policy.
Exhibition & Graphic Design: HammerAlbrecht (Tom Albrecht, Daniel Hammer, Alexandra Varsek).
Audio-Visual Project Dokumentation: Ethan Vincent.

About the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Currently approximately 1,700 regular and external students from more than 60 nations study at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

The wide range of artistic disciplines, supplemented by a large number of scientific study subjects, may equally contribute to the special ambience at the Angewandte. The basic idea of the university as a place of critical contemplation of one’s own thinking and acting, as a location where questions are more important than patent remedies, is a concept that is alive and well at the Angewandte. Study courses are not restricted to the mere imparting of artistic techniques and skills. At the heart of it all lies the development of individual artistic creativity and the use of theories and concepts to reflect on the creative process. Students at the Angewandte learn and experience art not as an end in itself but as a significant starting point and medium for communication, which may well include the aspiration to change society. Encouraging the development of creative visions to handle upcoming societal challenges while at the same time upholding technical and conceptual brilliance, are primary elements of the quality standard that the Angewandte expects of it’s teaching staff and students alike.

The Angewandte regards itself as a place of free artistic and scientific articulation, as a location of open dispute, and as a development lab of artistic visions that will have their impact on society in the future. Our aspiration to remain one of the best art schools in the world is inextricably linked with our relentless work on the ongoing advancement of our quality standard, and the continuous renewal of creative potential, as well as an absolute commitment to the freedom of art and science.