December 2011

CONGRATULATIONS

CALLS

REMINDER

Dear colleagues, dear alumnae and alumni,
 
as a sort of little "Christmas regard" we want to drop the second edition of the newsletter art | research into your inbox. We are especially pleased to be able to present a comprehensive section of "congratulations".
The fact that this newsletter contains an English version is due to a suggestion that reached us as feedback to the first edition. So do not hesitate to send us your suggestions - we take them seriously.
In the meantime we wish you a nice artistic, scholarly and/or art based scholarly work these days before Christmas, a relaxing semester break and a lot of energy for 2012.
 
Your team of the Vice-Rectorate Art | Research

Andrea B. Braidt, Vice Rector
Christine Messerschmidt, Assistant
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CONGRATULATION: "ATLAS OF arcadia" successful in peek

The research project "Atlas of Arcadia" by Anna Artaker and Meike Schmidt-Gleim was selected for the program for development and appreciation of the arts (PEEK/FWF).
 
"Atlas of Arcadia" aims at creating a new social history of the world after the Cold War based on images instead of text. The project is inspired by a commitment to our immediate present. A present predominantly presented as the logical and inevitable outcome of a past that is meant to serve as explanation, why things could not be any different than they are. "Atlas of Arcadia" ("Arcadia" standing for the utopia of a better world) aims to show on the contrary, that there always are, have been and will be alternatives to the current course of history. What is at stake here is the assertion that our present is not forever predetermined by the past and that history could have taken a different turn at any stage of its making.
The project borrows its tools on the one hand from Walter Benjamin's manuscript of a social history from the 19th century Paris, "Das Passagenwerk" and on the other from Aby Warburg's "Mnemosyne Atlas", a visual form of [art] history through plates with carefully selected and arranged images.
 
The working progress of the "Atlas of Arcadia" will be documented online. The finalised arrangement of the collected material will be shown in a travelling exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue.
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CONGRATULATION: Cooperations Between Institute of Science and Technology and Romanian partners

Within the frame "Scientific-Technical Cooperations" of the Centre for International Cooperations & Mobility of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) the proposal of the Institute of Science and Technology in the Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna was accepted. Within that cooperation "Experiments aiming to establish the optimum microclimate conditions for historical parchment preservation" will be carried out with Romanian partners, in order to improve the conditions for historic objects required during exhibitions and for their storages.

The duration of the project will be two years and will give young scientists and conservators the possibility to exchange and improve their knowledge in that field of cultural heritage. Of great importance within that cooperation will be the experiences available in the ISTA due to former research activities - supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - on Glagolitic manuscripts of the 10th - 14th centuries. Fragments of such medieval codices could be investigated in the St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai / Egypt as well as in various European libraries, e.g. in London, Vienna, St. Petersburg or Sofia. http://www.ntk.akbild.ac.at/Forschung2010/MA_Sinai.html
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CONGRATULATION: "Alpine studies" success with Tyrolean culture initiative

"Alpenländische Studien" (Alpine Studies") by Tal Adler, Friedemann Derschmidt and Karin Schneider has won the call of the Tyrolean culture initiatives. The project explores and visualises how Tyrol and Tyrolese people handle their Nazi past. In cooperation with local initiatives and experts the project examines and shows the local abysm of the fact there has been no debate about the Nazi past besides creating a kind of victimhood.
"Alpine Studies" is the on Tyrol focused part of the Austrian Science Fund FWF project "MemScreen" at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
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CONGRATULATION: Otto Mauer Prize for Academy Alumnus

The Otto Mauer Fund's prize honors the entire oeuvre of an artist younger than forty produced to this day. This year's winner is Kamen Stoyanov, who was born in Rousse, Bulgaria, and lives and works in Vienna and Sofia. Stoyanov, who studied Photography Eva Schlegels class at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna convinced the jury with his videos, performances, photographs, texts, installations, and drawings in several ways.
 
Besides "his wide-ranging sociopolitical and existential issues" the jury was also interested in the artist's "critical investigation of the operating system of art" and particularly emphasized "the aesthetic translation of these complex thematic fields - and its multifaceted character in terms of the media employed - into an unmistakable artistic language presenting itself as conceptually reflected, humorous, and ironically fleet-footed at the same time".
 
The exhibition "Kamen Stoyanov:Impossible Stories" is on display at the JesuitenFoyer, Bäckerstraße 18, 1010 Vienna until 15th of January 2012. Admission free.
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CALL: Johanna-Dohnal Awards and scholarships

Students and graduates of higher educational institutions and universities can apply for Johanna Dohnal Awards and Johanna Dohnal Scholarships with diploma/master or doctoral thesis in the fields of promoting the achievement of gender democracy and role modeling to girls and women in training and studies.
Deadline for applications in German or English: 31st of January 2012  http://www.kreisky.org/index_aktuelles.htm
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CALL: MARIETTA BLAU GRANT for doctoral studies abroad

The Marietta Blau Grant offers financial support for carrying out part (6-12 months) of a doctoral programme enrolled in Austria abroad.
There is no age limit. The grant serves to support junior researchers, thus the desired career/academic career should be probable or possible with the doctoral degree.
Apply until 1st of February http://www.grants.at/ (put "Marietta Blau" into search field)
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CALL: European research council

ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
 
Open call for proposals in following research areas:
Physical Sciences & Engineering (Deadline 16th of February 2012)
Life Sciences (Deadline 14th of March 2012)
Social Sciences & Humanities (Deadline 11th of April 2012)
http://erc.europa.eu/advanced-grants
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CALL: OeAD-anniversary grant

The OeAD Anniversary Grant supports researchers who scientifically deal with the democratisation process and the development and strengthening of civil society in Egypt, Algeria, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Syria, Arab Republic or Tunisia.
Applicants should not have been studied/researched/worked in Austria for at least six month before starting the scholarship. Last submission date is 1 March 2012, more info http://stima.scholarships.at/out/default.aspx?TemplateGroupID=34&PageMode=3&GrainEntryID=2428&HZGID=2609&LangID=1m
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CALL: Sociology of the Arts - Artistic Practices

The Research Network Sociology of the Arts hereby announces its 7th conference which will take place in Vienna from September 5th to the 8th, 2012. The organisation of the conference will be undertaken by the Institute for Music Sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Please submit your English abstract and full contact details as an electronic file not later than the 31st of January 2012. http://www.mdw.ac.at/ESA-Arts-2012/?PageId=3472
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Mind the date: peek AND wwtf
 
Calls for project proposals for the FWF-Program for Development and Appreciation of the Arts (PEEK) and for the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF)  will be published again in spring 2012. To ensure stress free proposal periods, please talk to us about your project ideas as soon as possible.
 
To arrange consultation times please contact vizerektorin_kunst@akbild.ac.at
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more information about calls and scholarships:
http://www.grants.at/
http://www.scholarships.at/
http://www.callfor.org/
http://www.oead.at/
http://www.fwf.ac.at/
http://www.stipendium.at/
http://stipendien.oeaw.ac.at/

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