Opening of Angewandte Innovation Lab in 2014

In October 2014 AIL opened at Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, where it resided until early 2021

There is nothing absolute about innovation. So, let’s focus on a concrete vision of the new and its specific meaning in a given social context

Surprise! Bliss or sorrow?

In any case, new things take you by surprise; but what might be original here could be totally dull some place else. There is nothing absolute about innovation. So, let’s focus on a concrete vision of the new and its specific meaning in a given social context.

What can the new and innovative look like for different sectors? Is it feasible to imagine an economics of the new? Is it all about being faster, higher and newer? Is it all about being more original? What’s the price one has to pay? In short: Is innovation a loaded term that only implies competition, something one really doesn’t want to be part of?

Indeed, a whole array of interests and expectations is inscribed in academic and artistic processes. But does living up to them constitute a so-called success or achievement? Are there any alternatives, can we expect the unexpected? Self-reflection, self-denial, withdrawal? Focus? Distraction? Might it be for this reason that it’s all about creating a new place of possibilities, as inclusive as possible but as restrictive as need be? Let’s (still) be surprised, let’s take the risk of innovation, let’s expect the unexpected.

The exhibition illustrates the potential that lies in connections between different forms of knowledge and different media and materializations. Works will be shown by artists currently or previously affiliated with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Curated by Eva Maria Stadler and Brigitte Felderer.

Henning Bohl, Ernst Caramelle, Nikolaus Gansterer, Brigitte Kowanz, Dorit Margreiter/Anette Baldauf, Oswald Oberhuber, Niki Passath, Lukas Posch, Johannes, Porsch ft. Tanja Widmann, Florian Pumhösl, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Constanze Schweiger, Peter Weibel, Anna Zwingl, Artist books by Agnes Fuchs, Franz Graf, Ferdinand Schmatz and Heimo Zobernig (Angewandte Library)

Program of the Opening Nicht:

Empfang (Marcel Mohab & Georg Klüver­ Pfandtner)

Begrüßungsworte von Rektor Gerald Bast und von Stadtrat für Kultur und Wissenschaft Mailath­ Pokorny

Eröffnung der Ausstellung Korrelation von Eva Maria Stadler und Brigitte Felderer

Gespräche in der AIL Lounge unter der Moderation von Susanne Pöchacker

Team Tool Time (Paul Divjak & Wolfgang Schlögl)


Barbetrieb von If dogs run free

Angewandte Innovation Lab residet at Franz-Josefs-Kai 3 from 2014 till 2021 and is now located in the heart of former Postsparkasse, Georg-Coch-Platz 2 in 1010 Vienna.