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Martin Reinhart & Virgil Widrich
tx mirror
Interactive Installation
Vienna, 2018

Martin Reinhart is an Austrian film historian, filmmaker and film technician. He studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and is the co-founder of the company Indiecam, a pioneer of digital film that developed the CinemaDNG standard together with Adobe. His innovative works and films have been presented at numerous international exhibitions and festivals, including the “tx-transform” film technology developed by him.

Virgil Widrich is an Austrian screenwriter, film director, multimedia artist and professor for Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. His first feature film is Heller als der Mond (2000), his short film Copy Shop won 38 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar. Fast Film was premiered in Cannes in 2003 and has won 36 film awards so far. His most recent feature film is Die Nacht der 1000 Stunden (2016). His first music video Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel appeared in 2018. In total, his works have been awarded over 150 international prizes.

The installation tx-mirror was created for the exhibition “Art in Motion. 100 masterpieces with and through media” at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and is a further development of the film technology “tx-transform” invented by Martin Reinhart in 1992. As in earlier works by the duo Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich, the familiar perception is questioned and expanded through intuitive interaction. In a magical mirror one can look at oneself and explore the laws of a universe in which time and space have been reversed. The installation also pays homage to the Polish video artist Zbigniew Rybczynski, whose film The Fourth Dimension has inspired an entire generation of artists.

Concept: Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich
Programming: Matthias Strohmaier
Sound design of the film documentation: Siegfried Friedrich
Thanks to Peter Weibel and Leo Coster
Produced on behalf of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Distribution: LEMONADE FILMS

Martin Reinhart & Virgil Widrich
tx transform 360°
360° Short Film
Vienna, 2018

What happens in a cinema when you film it at a resolution of 10K with a 360° camera and then reverse the spatial and temporal axes? In a way never before shown, tx-reverse shows the collision of reality and cinema and draws its viewers into a vortex in which the familiar order of space and time is suspended.

It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy darkness – of our own questionable position.

Back in the 1990s, Martin Reinhart invented a film technique called “tx-transform”, which exchanges time (t) and space axis (x) in the film. Normally, each individual film frame represents the entire space, but only a brief moment of time (1/24 second). In the case of tx-transformed films, however, the opposite is true: each film frame shows the entire time, but only a tiny part of the space – in cuts along the horizontal spatial axis, the left part of the image thus becomes the ‘before’, the right part turns into the ‘after’.

Twenty years after Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich used this film technique for the first time in a short film (tx-transform, 1998), they again deal with the question of which a previously unseen world arises when space and time are interchanged, aptly in a cinema and at full 360°: At the Babylon Kino in Berlin they filmed with the OmniCam-360 about 135 actors and calculated the installation tx-reverse 360° for the ZKM from this material.

Lucie Strecker
Brain’s Shit for Shit Brains
Hybrid Art
Vienna, 2019

Lucie Strecker, artist and performer, explores the intersection of biomedia and performance art, leading the Elise-Richter-PEEK Project “The Performative Biofact”, 2015- 2018 in collaboration with Klaus Spiess, Medical University Vienna. Their internationally exhibited and performed experimental setups address a specifically post-anthropocentric notion of performativity — one that includes material and discursive, affective and scientific, human and nonhuman elements.  Currently Lucie Strecker is publishing together with Jens Hauser at Routledge a special issue of Performance Research to scrutinize the epistemological and aesthetic notion of the term ‘Microperformativity, questioning how the agency of genes or cell fragments, proteins or enzymes, bacteria and fungi relate to macroscopic dynamics of power and how performance art and discourse can inform these processes. Since 2019 she is teaching experience Design at the Faculty for Design and Art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

Brain’s Shit for Shit Brains speculates on the importance of microbial diversity in socio-political contexts. Not only have biobanks recently started advertising the shit of Celebreties, but pharmacological and medical research is also investigating the importance of microorganisms in the stool and their influence on mental and cognitive functions via the so-called microbiota-gut-brain axis. In 2018, Lucie Strecker and Klaus Spiess, head of the Art&Science programme at the Medical University of Vienna, developed an artistic-probiotic suppository. In a new context and in a changed substance, this suppository now becomes the main prize of a shooting gallery whose target shows a coordinate system of social positions according to Pierre Bourdieu. Lucie Strecker harvested microbes from people from different socio-political spaces and conserved them as a ‘pharmacon’. This is ambivalent in its effect between poison and remedy. As magic and power, it could – simultaneously or consecutively – be beneficial and malignant. “The pharmacon would be a substance, with everything that this word will be able to connotate, namely the substance suitable for occult powers, the cryptically closed depth that does not reveal its ambivalence to the analysis and already prepares the space of alchemy, if we should not […] come to recognize it as an anti-substance par excellence: as that which resists any philosopher, which goes beyond it endlessly as non-identity, non-being, non- substance […]” (Derrida, Jaques: Plato’s Pharmacy, in: Dissemination, 78) The performance artist and writer Katherina Zakravsky wrote a text for Lucie Strecker’s shooting gallery as game instruction and part of the work.

Margarete Jahrmann & Stefan Glasauer
Multimedia Installation, Deep Dream Network, Artificial Intelligence and Face Recognition
Vienna, 2019 

Margarete Jahrmann is an artist, professor for Game Design at the ZHDK Zurich and “Artistic Research” at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She is one of the pioneers of Game Art with a presence in international exhibition venues such as ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, transmediale Berlin, Arco Madrid, Laboral Gijon, as well as at international conferences. As an art-based experiment she founded the research society “Ludic-Society”, focused on performance and urban interventions through play. She curates “Ludic-Method soirèes” and leads an artistic research project on brain computer interfaces, neurosciences, philosophy and art, Neuromatic Game Art.

Stefan Glasauer is Full Professor and Chair of Computational Neuroscience at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus-Senftenberg. He studied electrical engineering at TU Munich and was a PhD fellow at the MPI for Behavioural Physiology in Seewiesen. In 1992 he received his PhD (Dr.-Ing.) from TUM and in 2005 he habilitated in Experimental Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. Until 2018 he was Apl-Professor at the Department of Neurology at LMU Munich, and Deputy Executive Director of the German Centre for Vertigo and Ocolumotor Disorders, LMU.

In the installation I WANT TO SEE HAPPY MONKEYS Margarete Jahrmann & Stefan Glasauer use very actual elements of artificial intelligence: a standard face detection algorithm finds faces (or what seem to be faces to it) in images taken by a webcam and a pre-trained deep learning network. The well-known AlexNet, classifies the detected and recorded images into categories. This artificial neural network with 23 layers of processing has been trained on 1.3 million images from 1000 different categories, from objects to animals. A deep dreaming algorithm in the background iteratively modifies detected and recorded faces so that they are successively classified as various species of monkeys or apes. The results are displayed from time to time as memories from the past — memories of the AI software of the installation – they transform each face into a face of a “monkey”.

The stronger the emotions of the “test subjects” become in front of the eye of the AI, the deeper the dream image of the system becomes. In the memory of the Deep Dream network, only “false” memories remain in its layers of projections of a thousand-dimensional vector space. Visitors interacting with the installation become test subjects playing along. The dreaming artificial art memorizes all players as feeling monkeys – [DEEP DREAM MEMORY: SAD GORILLA] – but the goal of seeing only happy monkeys fails. The classification statements associated with the recalculated images become increasingly absurd. A concrete deep dream poetry of surveillance and the consequences of social actions assigned to it emerges: ANGRY MACAQUE! CRITICAL SQUIRREL MONKEY!

In a concluding performance with Thomas Wagensommerer, the game with artificial intelligence becomes a performance of resistance. Emotions, facial expressions and listening to and interacting with the running software are acoustically rewarded and enhanced – up to a crescendo in which memories and target objects sink into the mist of machine memory…. In a tribute session to our friends in Hong Kong and Chile the final conclusion is: I RESIST DEEP DREAMS!

Sonification Performance of the installation  I WANT TO SEE HAPPY MONKEYS, 2pm at AIL Vienna, 17. Jan 2020

Thomas Wagensommerer Studied Digital Media-technology at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Philosophy at the University of Vienna, and Transdiciplinary Art (TransArts) at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He exhibited at ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, Donaufestival Krems, MAK Wien, etc. and developed f.ex. the with M. Jahrmann the Neuroflow Game, presented at AMAZE Playful Media Festival Berlin 2018.


Marshmallow Laser Feast
Treehugger. Wawona
Virtual Reality Experience
London, 2017 (Vienna Premiere)

Marshmallow Laser Feast is one of the world’s leading immersive art collectives. Their work illuminates the hidden natural forces that surround us, inviting participants to navigate with a sensory perception beyond their daily experience. In these spaces, the known physical world is removed to reveal networks, processes and systems that are at once sublime, underpinned by research, and fundamental to life on Earth.

Fusing architectural tools, contemporary imaging techniques and performance with tactile forms, they sculpt spaces that lay dormant until animated by playful investigation.

The Virtual Reality Installation Treehugger: Wawona reveals the secret life of the giant sequoia and never-before-seen inner workings of the world’s largest tree. Treehugger uniquely illustrates the sequoia’s immense scale and questions our relationship with the natural world at a time of crisis and change.

The project makes visible the powerful inner systems of a sequoia tree by visualizing the circulation of water from its deep roots, through its gigantic trunk, to its leaves. The user is immersed in a hypnotic flow of water and energy, while his/her perception of time is altered, in relation to the temporality of a 3000-year-old sequoia tree.


The Entropy Gardens (Vienna Premiere)
Virtual Reality Experience
Vienna, 2019 (Vienna Premiere)
commissioned by sound:frame, funded by the Vienna Business Agency & BKA (Pixel, Bytes & Film)

The Austrian duo Depart was founded in 1999 by Leonhard Lass and Gregor Ladenhauf. Deeply rooted in the digital, their approach to multimedia creates unique moments characterized by a formally rigorous and profound aesthetic. A combination of precision and emotion leads to a multifaceted and abstract whole, which reflects fragments of the audience’s own experience. Depart’s works are sometimes mysterious, often deliberately dark and dazzling, containing a highly concentrated mixture of virtual mechanics, poetic moments and hermetic symbolism. They move between text, image and sound and span from interactive installations and net-based applications to expansive performances and A/V live shows.

The Entropy Gardens is an artistic Virtual Reality Experience that explores the question: What is the ‘nature’ of the post-digital reality and how can we construct a garden from it?

Drawing on humanity’s maybe most archetypical art (garden-making), it challenges its myths, aesthetics and modes of perception. In the form of an open-ended simulation it constructs a hermetic, virtual garden as a poetic ecosystem — a psychic landscape that is foremost a complex audiovisual experience. It leads the visitor into a place that is equally challenging and contemplative (and of course profoundly weird).

The garden, like a poem, is a a tool for the exploration and discovery of psychic landscape. Often the garden affronts us and discovery is met with fear.
… The garden invites us to leave ourselves at the entrance gate and to be directed by the garden, as the wild landscape dictates its terms. By achieving our trust, the garden coaxes us to discover confrontational places.

– Sophie Walker, in “The Japanese Garden”, p11

Martina Menegon
all around me are familiar faces
Virtual Reality Experience
Vienna, 2018

Martina Menegon (Italy, 1988) is an artist working with Interactive and Mixed Reality Art to create intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements, which explore the contemporary self and its synthetic corporeality. She is a lecturer and assistant at the department of Transmedial Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and regularly collaborates with Klaus Obermaier and Stefano D’Alessio, teaching multimedia tools for interactive arts at the IUAV University in Venice and creating interactive performances and installations. Since 2019 she is directing the /afk:, curating Mixed Reality Art Exhibitions in Vienna. She currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

all around me are familiar faces is a Virtual Reality Experience that immerses the user in a dimly lit environment, filled with clones of the artist’s 3D scanned face. Around the centre, new faces pop-up randomly, accompanied by eerie drones as well as by breathing and crackling sounds, while others float on a watery dark floor. During the experience, the user can freely move and look around but is constantly ‘watched’ and followed by a cloud of faces that continuously obstruct the view. Similar faces are attached to each of the virtual controllers. By pressing the trigger button and moving the controllers, the user can clone the faces and is able to create three-dimensional sculptures with them. The pressure strength used on the trigger button determines the scale of the clones: stronger pressure results in bigger faces. Every time a user takes the HMD off, the virtual sculptures created disappear, cleaning the space for a new experience.

In all around me are familiar faces the artist’s face exists simultaneously as a virtual self-portrait and as a tool for creation. The artist’s identity multiplies and vanishes, becoming a virtual three-dimensional brush for everyone else to use and reinvent.

Martina Menegon
familiar strangers
Face Filter | Video Installation
Vienna, 2018-2019

How does it feel to wear someone else’s face? Does it make you act differently? Do you still feel yourself?

familiar stranger (2018) is a face filter available for instagram, facebook, snapchat and snap camera. When faces are detected, a virtual mask substitutes the user(s) face, following the head movements and rotation, but hiding facial expressions. The mask is a 3D scanned self portrait of the artist, that user(s) are free to wear, experience and share.

The video familiar strangers (2019) is an ongoing video-collection of users wearing the face filter and freely acting on it. The work investigates the concept of avatar as mask, of identity in a social media context and, even if face recognition is not the latest trend, of surveillance in today’s society. All these users act differently and are different from each other, yet through the virtual face mask, they become similar: familiar strangers.

credits: familiar strangers was created with the participation of: Silvia Napolitano, Eric Souther, Dooley Murphy, Ullrike Kreu, Yvana Samandova, Riccardo Muffato, Agnes Varnai, Matteo Corbetta, Flaminia Cavallari, Carlotta Cavallari, Luisiana Di Filippo, Flavia Maffei, Emanuela Casali, Eleonora Pisano, Beatrice Pisano, Rachele Pisano, Elisabeth Aurora Kihlstrom, Franziska Von Guten, Cesare Gori, Stefano D’Alessio, Gabriel Roland, Martina Schöggl, Mariya Vasilyeva, Charlie Allen, Elena Richtsfeld, Luana Martignon, Ilaria Coletti, Erica Lapadat Janzen, Ana Loureiro, Gabriella Chihan Stanley, Alexander Martinz, Raphael Haider, Julia Fischerin, Sarah Röth, Yvana Samandova, Systaime / Michael Borras, Dori Alba Granzotto, Gretta Louw, Anna Schwarz, Saleh Rozati, Beatrice Boschiero, Jakob Sigl, Danny Rhymes, Matteo Visentin, Felix Helmut Wagner, Dalia Merotto, Tina Sauerländer

Deoxyribonucleic acid – DNA
light installation
Vienna, 2018

Paracetamol was formed in 2017 by Jürgen Haghofer, Michael Guggenbichler and Johannes Traun, with the aim of dealing with the interplay of states of being and technology, the collective creates spaces and emotions.

Deoxyribonucleic acid – DNA is a light sculpture that reflects aspects of evolution. Through movement, the observer experiences a state of simultaneity between the static constant and a constantly changing state. An interplay of forms emerges, light plays with movement.

Angewandte Innovation Laboratory

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien


The Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, AIL, founded in autumn 2014 is an initiative of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
For the first time in Austria Art and Artistic Research is seen as the driving force of Innovation.
Together with partners from the fields of business, science, arts and research and the varying positions, sources and resources of the University of Applied Arts Vienna we offer space and time for exchange, networking, experiments of thoughts and the opportunity to get inspired by new perspectives.

Within specific event formats, we discuss interdisciplinary and socially relevant themes, with the goal of creating ideas, concepts and models. New opportunities and solutions are encouraged to address current issues.

The AIL also hosts the Venedig Biennale Archive Austria with its research terminal and reference library. The Biennale Archive provides extensive digital documentation and photographic material for artistic and scientific research. For using the Archive, please make an appointment.

The Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, AIL, founded in autumn 2014 is an initiative of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

For the first time in Austria Art and Artistic Research is seen as the driving force of Innovation.

Together with partners from the fields of business, science, arts and research and the varying positions, sources and resources of the University of Applied Arts Vienna we offer

Franz-Josefs-Kai 3
1010 Vienna, Austria

The AIL is currently closed.
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Das Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, kurz AIL, ist eine Initiative der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, gegründet im Herbst 2014.

Das erste Mal in Österreich wird damit Kunst und künstlerische Forschung als zentral treibende Kraft von Innovation begriffen.

Gemeinsam mit Partnern aus den Bereichen Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Kunst und Forschung und den vielseitigen Positionen, Quellen und Ressourcen der Angewandten bieten wir Raum und Zeit für Gedankenexperimente, Austausch, Vernetzung und die Möglichkeit von neuen Perspektiven inspiriert zu werden.

Im Rahmen von spezifischen Veranstaltungsformaten diskutieren wir Disziplinen übergreifend und über gesellschaftlich relevante Themen mit dem Ziel Ideen, Konzepte und Modelle entstehen zu lassen.

Das AIL beherbergt außerdem das Venedig Biennale Archiv Austria mit Recherche-Terminal und Handbibliothek. Das Biennale Archiv steht mit umfangreichem digitalen Dokumentations- und Fotomaterial zur künstlerischen und wissenschaftlichen Forschung zur Verfügung. Zur Nutzung des  Venedig Biennale Archivs Austria wird um Voranmeldung gebeten.

Das Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (AIL) ist eine Initiative der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, gegründet im Herbst 2014.

Das erste Mal in Österreich wird damit Kunst und künstlerische Forschung als zentral treibende Kraft von Innovation begriffen.

Gemeinsam mit Partnern aus den Bereichen Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Kunst und Forschung und den vielseitigen Positionen, Quellen und Ressourcen der

Franz-Josefs-Kai 3
1010 Wien, Österreich

Das AIL bleibt derzeit geschlossen.
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Mag. Alexandra Graupner

Mag. Elisabeth Falkensteiner

Mag. art. B.A. Vicky Klug

Mag. art. Eva Weber
(currently on Educational Leave)

Dipl. Nico Wind

Executive Board
Dr. Gerald Bast, Rector
Mag. Jürgen Gschiel MAS, Eventmanagement
Dr. Alexander Damianisch MAS, Head of Support Art and Research


Franz Josefs Kai 3
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Mag. Alexandra Graupner

Mag. Elisabeth Falkensteiner


Mag. Art. B.A. Vicky Klug

Mag. Eva Weber
(derzeit in Bildungskarenz)

Dipl. Nico Wind

Dr. Gerald Bast, Rektor

Executive Board
Mag. Jürgen Gschiel MAS, Veranstaltungsmanagement
Dr. Alexander Damianisch MAS, Leitung Support Kunst und Forschung


Please find below the answers to a selection of our most commonly asked questions and contact us if you have any further questions:

What does AIL stand for?

AIL stands for Angewandte Innovation Laboratory

The AIL is understood as a representation space for artistic research and a space for networking, primarily as an ongoing process or a “work in progress ” project.

The Angewandte Innovation Lab is an experimental field,supporting the implementation and presentation of multidisciplinary projects and resources, offering a platform for these topics.
We want to make new point of views or positions visible, with the desire to support and set innovative processes in motion.

Angewandte – because we are part of the University of Applied Arts

Innovation – because we are dedicated to the generation of knowledge and the AIL project was started with the conviction that art informs innovation.

Laboratory – because at the AIL, the focus lies on exchange and artistic research.

Why is there an AIL?

The starting point for the AIL project, was the strong desire for a neutral space dedicated to multidisciplinary projects. This was with the aim of facilitating communication between different expertise on ‘equal ground’ and to expose the manifold connections of Innovation and Art.

What does the AIL offer?

The AIL, through its variety of events, offers a space that inspires and provides new input. Furthermore, guests can use the variety of working spaces to work independently on individual projects. The AIL also provides coffee, drinks and free WIFI. The AIL lounge can furthermore be used for meetings, study groups or for simply for taking a break. In this sense, the AIL offers opportunities for a more personal approach to the University of Applied Arts, to come into contact with the Artistic research program and to become a part of our network.

Additionally: Projects can be submitted and realised in the AIL.

Who “runs” the AIL?

The AIL is part of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and is run by the university. The organisation team include: Alexandra Graupner (Project Coordination), Eva Weber (Project Assistance) und Nico Wind (Project Assistance). They are responsible for the implementation of submitted projects. Furthermore, there is an executive board which determines the composition of the program. The executive board consists of: Gerald Bast (Vice Chancellor of the University of Applied Arts), Jürgen Gschiel (assistant to the vice-president) und Alexander Damianisch (Director, Support for Art & Research).

What does the University have to do with the AIL?

With the establishment of the AIL in October 2014, The University of Applied Arts launched an ambitious project, with the goal to enable exchange amongst different disciplines such as Art, Design, Economics, Science and Technology in one physical location. The AIL is therefore part of and also an extension of the University of Applied Arts.

The AIL should firstly offer an encompassing insight into the Applied Arts and what this represents – artistic research and its results, the variety of disciplines and interest in interdisciplinary work and innovative processes. Secondly, the AIL inspires and brings people from scientific and artistic backgrounds together. The AIL acts as a gateway for different disciplines and fields of interest. In addition to its running program, the AIL also offers an ever changing lounge and individualised working spaces, which are available to everyone.

What we do not pursue: to be a pure exhibition space or an art gallery

Who can I contact at the AIL?

During our office hours, you can find us in the AIL: Mon,Tue,Thur, Fri: 12pm – 5pm; Wed 12pm – 8pm

The organisational team includes:
Alexandra Graupner (Project Coordination),
Eva Weber (Project Assistance)
Nico Wind (Project Assistance).

For project specific questions, please arrange an appointment per
email: info@ailab.at or call on 01 711 33 2007.

Who can use the AIL?

The AIL is available for a broad spectrum of activities and events including: exhibitions, workshops, conferences, AIL-talks, presentations and for new types of event formats. The AIL lounge is open for all guests, as is our communal lunch, held every Wednesday. All activities in the AIL are free of charge and open to everyone!

What is the AIL Lounge?

The AIL offers individual workspaces and lounge seating options for the use of our guests. Pending on the current exhibition, on installation and dismantling times, the setting and size of the lounge varies. The lounge is available for individuals or groups and can be used for meetings or for co-working.

The Lounge is actively used in different formats to promote exchange amongst visitors. This includes our weekly lunch held on Wednesdays (‘Kochmittwoch’) and our Monday Kick-off sessions, held throughout the summer – more lounge sessions are currently being planned.

Coffee at the AIL?

Our drinks are basically free or ‘pay as you wish’ and are available self-service at the bar. In addition to coffee, a small assortment of juices, lemonades and water are included. Our bar also provides regular fresh fruit and light snacks.

What is the AIL Kochmittwoch?

Every Wednesday (except public holidays) at 12pm, the AIL offers a community Lunch.
Freshly prepared, the lunch is shared amongst visitors until the food runs out! Each lunch is ‘pay as you wish’. Everyone is welcome to come along, order from our small menu or to even bring something with them! If you would like to participate or help with the cooking, contact: info@ailab.at As part of the AIL Lounge Sessions, the lunch offers the opportunity for coming together, to meet and exchange.

Which types of project are implemented in the AIL?

The AIL program includes a variety of projects. There are no specific rules regarding a set of criteria for implementing projects. However, a common thread amongst all previously implemented projects, can be described as: social relevancy, interdisciplinarity, art as a driving force of innovation, artistic research, expertise across projects and new event formats.

How can I implement a projects on-site? / How can I submit a project?

If you are interested in submitting a project, project submissions can be sent to info@ailab.at.

If the concept is approved by the executive board, (see ‘What is the AIL executive Board?’), then project will be implemented with support from the AIL team. The extent and intensity of staffing and financial assistance varies with each project and is part of the basic requirements of the project being submitted.

When submitting a project, a concept (incl. Financial data), which explains the content orientation of the project should be included. For a positive decision, it is important to also explain why the AIL is the right place for the project. This concept will then be discussed by the AIL Executive Board. If the green light is given for the project submission, the AIL premises are provided free of charge. Together with the AIL organizers, all conditions will further be clarified with respect to financing, resources and personnel support.

What is the AIL Executive Board?

The executive board are:
Gerald Bast (Chancellor of the University of Applied Arts),
Jürgen Gschiel (Head of Events) und
Alexander Damianisch (Director, Support for Art & Research).

They are responsible for curating the AIL content, providing input on proposed projects and for deciding which projects are implemented and shown at the AIL.

What services does the AIL offer, if I want to implement a project at the AIL?

The services vary in scope and depend heavily on the type of cooperation (for example, in terms of financial support). However, if the Executive Board approves a project in the program, the AIL premises and the infrastructure of the AIL are available for use free of charge.

For corporate and private initiatives: Our rooms are not available for rent – the project content decides whether an event takes place in the AIL or not.

Does the AIL exhibit work from Students?

Students are of course welcome at any time to the AIL and to the lounge! For the exhibition of Diploma work and other works, rooms are available to book through the University (for example the Heiligenkreuzerhof, Lichthöfe). For more information, please contact Mrs Shirly Thurner: shirly.thurner@uni-ak.ac.at, Tel.: 71133-2022. The AIL focusses on supporting the Alumni of the University.

Who finances the AIL?

As part of the University for Applied Arts, the AIL is mainly funded by the University.

Who are our Cooperation Partners?

Cooperation partners of the AIL include: Imba (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences), CeMM (Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences), bmwfw (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft), Ars Electronica, ÖAW (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Our cooperation partners provide us with new input and inspiration, enable expertise exchange and thereby enhance the reciprocal enrichment and shaping of our growing network.

What is the Biennale Archive and how can I use it?

The Venedig Biennale Archive Austria (Biennale Archiv) is a largely digital archive which documents the Austrian contributions to the Biennial and the history of the Austrian pavilion. The AIL hosts a research terminal which offers users access to the digital documentation and photographic material and a reference library with secondary literature and catalogues about the Venice Biennial. If you would like to research within the archive, please use the contact form at the website to make an appointment. You can find further information at the website biennale-archiv.at

What is the Initiative Franz Josefs Kai 3?

The Initiative Franz Josefs Kai 3 is organised by Franziska Hausmaninger and hosts three events per year at the AIL. Anyone interested in implementing an exhibition during these specific timeslots, which are separate from the AIL thematic orientation, can find all relevant information at franzjosefskai3.com

What does the AIL have to do with the Diagnostic Center Urania (Röntgeninstitut)? The History of the Space.

The location at Franz-Josef-Kai 3 has a varied history behind it. The ceiling in the first room, comes from its original use as a showroom for the famous tile manufacturers ‘the Brothers Schwardon’. From the 1940’s until the 1990’s, the Diagnostic Center Urania, now located at Laurenzberggasse 2, resided here. After the space was renovated by Propeller Z in 2010, the BAWAG Contemporary collection moved in and remained here until 2013.

Please find below the answers to a selection of our most commonly asked questions and contact us if you have any further questions:

Wofür steht AIL?

AIL steht für Angewandte Innovation Lababoratory.

Das AIL versteht sich als Repräsentationsraum für künstlerische Forschungsarbeit und Raum zur Vernetzung, nicht zuletzt aber vor allem als Prozess und als „Work in Progress“-Vorhaben. Das Angewandte Innovation Lab ist ein Experimentierfeld, weil es die Realisierung und Präsentation von disziplinenübergreifenden Projekten unterstützt und diesen Themen eine Plattform bietet. Wir wollen neue Positionen sichtbar machen mit dem Wunsch innovative Prozesse in Gang zu setzten und unterstützen.

Angewandte – weil wir Teil der Universität für angewandte Kunst sind.

Innovation – weil wir uns der Wissensgenerierung widmen und das Projekt AIL aus der Überzeugung hervorgegangen ist, dass Kunst Innovation ermöglicht.

Laboratory – weil bei uns die Arbeit am Austausch und künstlerische Forschung im Fokus stehen.

Warum gibt es das AIL?

Ausgangspunkt für die Arbeit an dem Vorhaben AIL war der starke Wunsch nach einem neutralen Raum, der sich disziplinenübergreifenden Projekten widmet und der die Kommunikation unterschiedlicher Expertisen auf unvoreingenommenem Boden ermöglicht, um die vielfältigen Verbindungen von Innovation und Kunst offenzulegen.

Was bietet das AIL?

Das AIL bietet einen Raum der durch seine Vielzahl an Veranstaltungen inspiriert und neuen Input bietet. Darüber hinaus können Gäste verschiedene Arbeitsplätze nutzen und selbständig an eigenen Projekten arbeiten – hierzu bieten wir u.a. auch Kaffee, Getränke und WiFi an. Die AIL Lounge kann außerdem für Treffen, Meetings, Lerngruppen oder schlichtweg Pausen genutzt werden. In diesem Sinn bietet das AIL die Möglichkeit auf „persönlicherer“ Ebenen mit der Angewandten, dem künstlerischen Forschungsprogramm in Kontakt zu treten und Teil unseres Netzwerks zu werden.

Außerdem: im AIL können Projekte eingereicht und dann verwirklicht werden

Wer „betreibt“ das AIL?

Das AIL ist Teil der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien und wird von dieser betrieben.
Das organisatorische Team besteht aus Alexandra Graupner (Projektkoordination), Eva Weber (Projektassistenz) und Nico Wind (Projektassistenz) – sie sind für die Umsetzung von eingereichten Projekten mitverantwortlich. Des Weiteren gibt es ein Executive Board, welches die Zusammensetzung des Programms bestimmt. Das Executive Board besteht aus Gerald Bast (Rektor der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Jürgen Gschiel (Assistent des Rektors) und Alexander Damianisch (Leiter Support Kunst und Forschung).

Was hat die Angewandte mit dem AIL zu tun?

Die Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien hat mit der Gründung des AIL im Oktober 2014 ein ambitioniertes Vorhaben gestartet, mit dem Ziel den Austausch von verschiedenen Disziplinen, wie Kunst, Design, Wirtschaft, den Wissenschaften und Technologien an einem physischen Ort zu ermöglichen. Das AIL ist demnach Bestandteil und Erweiterung der Universität für angewandte Kunst.

Das AIL soll zum einen einen umgreifenden Einblick in die Angewandte und was diese ausmacht – künstlerische Forschung und deren Ergebnisse, Vielzahl an Disziplinen und das Interesse an fachübergreifender Arbeit und innovativen Prozessen – ermöglichen. Zum anderen inspiriert das AIL und führt Menschen von wissenschaftlichem bis künstlerischem Background zusammen. Das AIL ist Schnittstelle für verschiedene Disziplinen und Interessengebiet. Das AIL bietet neben seinem laufenden Programm deshalb auch in immer wieder wechselnder Form eine Lounge zum Verweilen und vereinzelte Arbeitsplätze, die für jede_n nutzbar sind.

Was wir nicht verfolgen: Ein reiner Ausstellungsraum oder eine Kunstgalerie zu sein.

Wer sind meine Ansprechpartnerinnen im AIL?

Während unserer Öffnungszeiten (Mo,Di,Do,Fr: 12 – 17h; Mi 12 – 20h) könnt ihr uns im AIL Office antreffen:
Das organisatorische Team besteht aus Alexandra Graupner (Projektkoordination), Eva Weber (Projektassistenz) und Nico Wind (Projektassistenz). Bei Projektanfragen bitten wir um vorherige Terminanvereinbarung per Mail info@ailab.at oder telefonisch 01 711 33 2007.

Wer kann das AIL nutzen?

Das AIL ist für ein breites Spektrum an Möglichkeiten und Veranstaltungen nutzbar unter anderem für Ausstellungen, Workshops, Konferenzen, AIL-Talks, Vorträge und natürlich auch für ganz neue Veranstaltungsformate.
Die AIL Lounge steht allen Gästen des AIL offen, genauso wie unser gemeinsames Mittagessen beim Kochmittwoch. Grundlegend gilt auf unserem AIL-Planeten: alle Veranstaltungen sind kostenfrei und dabei sein darf jede_r.

Was ist die AIL Lounge?

Im AIL stehen grundsätzlich vereinzelte Arbeits- und Loungeplätze für unsere Gäste zur Verfügung. Je nach aktueller Ausstellung, Umbau oder Abbauzeit, variiert das Setting und die Größe der Lounge. Die Lounge ist individuell nutzbar, es können Meetings abgehalten oder sie kann zum Co-Working genutzt werden. Die Lounge wird in unterschiedlichen Formaten immer wieder aktiv bespielt, um den Austausch der Besucher_innen zu fördern. Hierzu gehört unter anderem der wöchentliche Kochmittwoch oder im Sommer der Monday Kickoff – weitere Lounge Sessions sind bereits in Planung

Kaffee im AIL?

Unsere Getränke sind grundsätzlich frei bzw. „Pay as you wish“, es gilt Selbstbedienung an der Bar. Neben Kaffee gibt es auch eine kleine Auswahl an Säften, Limonade und Wasser, darüber hinaus bietet unsere Bar regelmäßig frisches Obst und kleine Knabbereien.

Was ist der AIL Kochmittwoch?

Jeden Mittwoch (außer Feiertag) wird im AIL ab 12:00 Uhr in unterhaltsamer Gesellschaft Mittag gegessen: frisch zubereitet, teilen wir so lange der Vorrat reicht. Es gilt „pay as you wish“. Jede_r ist herzlich eingeladen, sich bei unseren kleinen Menüs zu bedienen oder selbst etwas mitzubringen. Wer auch einmal mit oder für uns kochen möchte: bitte Mail an info@ailab.at

Als Teil der AIL Lounge Sessions bieten wir somit die Gelegenheit zusammen zukommen, sich kennen zu lernen und auszutauschen.

Welche Art von Projekten werden im AIL umgesetzt?

Das Programm des AIL umfasst eine Vielfalt an Projekten, sodass kein konkreter Regelkatalog bezüglich umgesetzter Projekte besteht. Als gemeinsamer Nenner aller bisher umgesetzter Projekte lässt sich jedoch nennen: gesellschaftliche Relevanz, Interdisziplinarität, Kunst als treibende Kraft der Innovation, künstlerische Forschung, expertisenübergreifende Vorhaben und neue Veranstaltungsformate.

Wie kann ich Projekte vor Ort umsetzen? / Wie kann ich ein Projekt einreichen?

Wer im AIL Projekte umsetzen möchte, kann diese einreichen (info@ailab.at), wird das Konzept vom Executive Board (siehe unter „Was ist das AIL Executive Board“) genehmigt, wird das Projekt im AIL mit unserer Unterstützung umgesetzt. Ausmaß und Intensität der personellen wie finanziellen Unterstützung variiert mit den Grundvoraussetzung der eingereichten Projekte.

Als Einreichung benötigen wir ein Konzept (inkl. Finanzierungsangaben), welches die inhaltliche Ausrichtung des Vorhabens erläutert. Wichtig für eine positive Entscheidung ist auch zu erklären warum das AIL dafür der richtige Ort ist. Dieses Konzept wird dann im AIL Executive Board diskutiert und über die Umsetzung entschieden. Gibt es grünes Licht, werden die Räumlichkeiten kostenfrei zur Verfügung gestellt. Gemeinsam mit dem AIL Organisationsteam werden alle Rahmenbedingungen bezüglich Finanzierung, Ressourcen und personelle Unterstützung geklärt.

Wir freuen uns über Einreichungen jeglicher Couleur und die Zusammenarbeit mit Euch!

Was ist das AIL Executive Board?

Das Executive Board besteht aus Gerald Bast (Rektor der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Jürgen Gschiel (Leitung Eventmanagement) und Alexander Damianisch (Leiter von Support Kunst und Forschung). Sie kuratieren das AIL inhaltlich, geben Input zu geplanten Projekten und entscheiden, welche Projekte im AIL umgesetzt und gezeigt werden.

Welche Leistungen bietet das AIL, wenn ich Projekte im AIL umsetzen möchte?

Die Leistungen sind ganz unterschiedlich in ihrem Umfang und hängen sehr stark von der Art der Kooperation ab (v.a. Was die finanzielle Unterstützung anbelangt). Grundlegend gilt aber folgendes: wenn das Executive Board ein Projekt ins Programm aufnimmt, können die AIL Räume und die Infrastruktur des AIL kostenfrei genutzt werden.

Hier ein Hinweis für Firmen und private Initiativen: Unsere Räume werden nicht vermietet – der Inhalt entscheidet, ob etwas im AIL stattfindet oder nicht.

Stellt das AIL Arbeiten von Studierenden aus?

Studierende sind im AIL und in der Lounge selbstverständlich jederzeit willkommen! Für das Ausstellen von Diplomen und dergleichen sind allerdings andere Räumlichkeiten der Angewandten vorgesehen (Heiligenkreuzerhof, Lichthöfe etc. – Informationen dazu gibt es bei Fr. Shirly Thurner: shirly.thurner@uni-ak.ac.at, Tel.: 71133-2022). Das AIL fokussiert sich auf den Support der Alumni.

Wie finanziert sich das AIL?

Als Teil der Universität für angewandte Kunst wird das AIL primär von dieser finanziert.

Wer sind unsere Kooperationspartner?

Kooperationspartner des AIL sind Imba (Institute of Molecular Biotechnololy oft he Austrian Academy of Sciences), CeMM (Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences), bmwfw (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft), Ars Electronica, ÖAW (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Unsere Kooperationspartner versorgen uns mit neuen Input und Inspiration, ermöglichen Expertisenaustausch und damit eine wechselseitige Bereicherung und Formung eines Netzwerkes.

Was ist das Biennale Archiv und wie kann ich es nutzen?

Das Venedig Biennale Archiv Austria (Biennale Archiv) ist ein größtenteils digitales Archiv, das die österreichischen Beiträge zur Biennale und die Geschichte des österreichischen Pavillons dokumentiert. Im AIL können NutzerInnen über ein Recherche-Terminal Einsicht in das digitale Dokumentations- und Fotomaterial und die Handbibliothek mit Sekundärliteratur und Katalogen zur Venedig Biennale nehmen. Wenn Sie im Biennale Archiv recherchieren möchten, nutzen Sie bitte das Kontaktformular auf der Website um einen Termin zu vereinbaren. Weitere Informationen finden sich auf der Website biennale-archiv.at.

Was ist die Initiative Franz Josefs Kai 3?

Die Initiative FRANZ JOSEFS KAI 3 wird von Franziska Hausmaninger betreut und bespielt drei Mal im Jahr die Räume des AIL. Wer Interesse hat, in diesen speziellen Timeslots mit einer vom AIL losgelösten inhaltlichen Ausrichtung, eine Ausstellungen umzusetzen, findet alle Infos auf franzjosefskai3.com

Was hat das AIL mit dem Diagnose Zentrum Urania (Röntgeninstitut) zu tun? Die Geschichte des Raumes

Die Räumlichkeiten des Franz-Josef-Kai 3 haben eine abwechslungsreiche Geschichte hinter sich. Die Decke im ersten Raum rührt von ihrer ursprünglichen Nutzung als Schauraum der Fliesenmanufaktur der Gebrüder Schwadron. Ab der 40er Jahren bis in die 90er saß das DZU Röntgenistitut im Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, welches sich heute in der Laurenzberggasse 2 befindet. Mit dem Umbau der Räume durch Propeller Z im Jahr 2010, zog dann die Sammlung der BAWAG Contemporary ein, welche die Räume bis 2013 bespielte.