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Sensing Living Systems

Artistic research project by artist duo MUELLER-DIVJAK and AIL, starting September 2023

Insights, Upcoming Dates and Work in Progress

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Hallabudda Re-enactment

SENSING LIVING SYSTEMS

Workshop View: Es geht ums Ganze

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WHOLE! / ES GEHT UMS GANZE!

AIL has been an interdisciplinary platform at the intersection of art, science and research since its foundation in 2014. AIL supports the realization of projects which highlight the in-between spaces that are the result of the interplay of different disciplines. Experiencing, understanding, learning and unlearning as well as rethinking relationships and interactions play a crucial part in making AIL a flexible and open space.

With its first artistic research project, led by Alexandra Graupner (Head of AIL) in collaboration with the artistic duo MUELLER-DIVJAK (Jeanette Mueller & Paul Divjak), AIL is breaking new ground and combining and applying expert knowledge in new ways.

The team of Sensing Living Systems will regularly provide updates about the processes and results of the research project.

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Opening: 26 Jun 2024, 11:00

Running: 26 Jun 2024 – 30 Sep 2024

Hallabudda Re-enactment

from the research project SENSING LIVING SYSTEMS

Jeanette Müller, Paul Divjak, Alexandra Graupner, Anna-Maria Irgang with the Hallabudda-Experts Oksana Lemishka and Taras Komisaruk

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The PEEK research project SENSING LIVING SYSTEMS is working with international artists and systems scientists on the development of multisensory scenographies. Principles of living systems are translated into olfactory, auditory and tactile artworks/artefacts and are used experimentally. Created with artistic means the scenographies are supposed to provide sensory impressions helping for a better understanding and resonating with living systems. At the Angewandte Festival, we invite you to a sensory experience in a Hallabudda, where we offer closer insights into the first project symposium with a documentary film by Zoe Gendron and Daniel Jamernik.

Jeanette Müller, Paul Divjak, Alexandra Graupner, Anna-Maria Irgang with the Hallabudda-Experts Oksana Lemishka and Taras Komisaruk

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Opening hours: Mon–Fri: 11:00–18:00
(Summer Break: 29 Jul–1 Sep 2024)

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SENSING LIVING SYSTEMS

Exploring the Potentials of Multisensory Scenography for Systems Awareness

Artistic research project by artist duo MUELLER-DIVJAK and AIL, starting September 2023

The artist and researcher duo MUELLER-DIVJAK (Dr. Jeanette Müller and Dr. Paul Divjak), who conceived and initiated SENSING LIVING SYSTEM, is working at the Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab / University of Applied Arts (project leader: Mag. Alexandra Graupner) with international artists and systems scientists to form experiential spaces by artistic means (scenographies) and to create sensory impressions that help us to better understand and resonate with living systems.

During the project essential principles of living systems will be transformed into olfactory, auditory and tactile artworks / artefacts and used experimentally.

The result of SENSING LIVING SYSTEMS is supposed to be a multisensory scenography that can be utilized in different places and that enables an embodied learning experience for diverse users, so that they can perceive themselves as a living system, capable of taking action, embedded in living systems. This also in terms of a systemic change – on an individual, societal and structural level – for the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs, which represent a universal compass for the shaping of a life-affirming social, ecological and economic transformation of our world.

'Through meditation and art, we can connect with our mother earth and reaffirm our cooperative nature, recognizing the environment as part of ourselves.’

(Sulak Sivaraksa – The Wisdom of Sustainability, 2009)

We live in a world that is permeated by systems, whether in nature, technology, business or society. A deep understanding of systems is crucial to solving complex problems, making better decisions, anticipating future developments, coping with change and creating a sustainable future.

It is important to understand that everything in our world is part of a larger system and is interrelated, from biological cells, humans and animals to trees and governments. We have an innate ability to perceive systems and their interdependencies, but often unlearn this through linear thinking, fragmented perception and mechanistic world views.

The project explores – with a special focus on the senses of smell, hearing and touch – how direct sensory experiences by staging olfactory, auditory and haptic artworks and stimuli artistically, i.e. by way of specially arranged spaces, can contribute to heightening our awareness of nature and to developing a deep understanding of living systems and imparting systems literacy.

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SENSING LIVING SYSTEMS expands the field of scenography as a means for arts-based innovation and transformative research and supports systems science education, from systems sensing to systems literacy.


This research project is funded by FWF Peek AR 776-G. DOI 10.55776

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Workshop View: Es geht ums Ganze

Workshop from the artistic research project Sensing Living Systems as part of Researchers Night, September 2023
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Humans perceive the world only partially, not as a whole. And most of the time they rely mainly on their eyes as a first source of perception.

At the ‘It's all about the whole!’ workshop station, mainly hands and feet, noses and ears were used to explore different surroundings and ecosystems. The visitors experienced sensually why it is so important that we as humans can recognize and make connections.

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Science communication is an important concern for the Sensing Living Systems team. With the hands-on / senses-on station It's all about the whole! at the EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS NIGHT, the team around Alexandra Graupner, Paul Divjak and Jeannette Mueller gave numerous visitors first insights into the olfactory and tactile approaches to the understanding of systems.

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The PEEK research project Sensing Living Systems explores human system awareness and analyses the way artistic presentations of olfactory, auditory and haptic artworks can create direct sensory stimuli that activate this sense of awareness. The results of this artistic research, which are jointly conducted by artists and system scientists, will lead to a multisensory scenography that allows a diverse set of users to have an embodied learning experience.

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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WHOLE! / ES GEHT UMS GANZE!

Workshop and first insights into the artistic research project Sensing Living Systems with Alexandra Graupner, Jeanette Müller and Paul Divjak

As part of European Researchers Night at Vordere Zollamtstr. 7

29 Sep, 15:00–00:00

European Researchers Night
University of Applied Arts / Flux2, Vorder Zollamtstr. 7

Alexandra Graupner, Jeanette Müller and Paul Divjak give first insights into their artistic research (“Sensing Living Systems”) through the interactive workshop / station IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WHOLE! / ES GEHT UMS GANZE!

The Peek-project Sensing Living Systems, based at AIL, brings together artists and systems scientists to create and explore multi-sensory scenographies that can help to better understand and resonate with living systems and raise systems awareness.