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Transformation or Disruption – Societies in Need of Change

Discussion Series at Café Exchange from June 2022

Gerald Bast in Conversation (in German) with Philipp Blom

Philipp Blom was born in Hamburg in 1970. After living and working in Oxford, London, and Paris, he is now based in Vienna. His historical works, essays, and novels have been translated into 16 languages and have received numerous awards, including a scholarship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the German Non-Fiction Book Prize. Blom is also a prolific radio journalist and public speaker. Among his most recent German and English publications are: Diebe des Lichts, Karl Blessing 2021; Das große Welttheater, Zsolnay 2019; Eine italienische Reise, Hanser 2018; Was auf dem Spiel steht, Hanser 2017; Die Welt aus den Angeln, Hanser 2017 / Nature’s Mutiny; Bei Sturm am Meer, Zsolnay 2016; Die zerrissenen Jahre. 1918–1938, Hanser 2014; Böse Philosophen. Ein Salon in Paris und das vergessene Erbe der Aufklärung, Hanser 2011 / A Wicked Company; Der taumelnde Kontinent. Europa 1900–1914, Hanser 2009 / The Vertigo Years - Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914

About the event series:

In 2022, Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, will invite artists and experts to the new Café Exchange at Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

A critical approach to the present requires more than a singular perspective, it needs the interdisciplinary approach of artistic and scientific research to create a better understanding and to come up with solutions for the future.

Moderation: Elisabeth Falkensteiner, Head of AIL