Natural Sciences and Technology in the Arts

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The Institute for Natural Sciences and Technology in the Arts offers a profound theoretical and practice-oriented education in the subjects of color science, theory of perception, materials science, and color chemistry with an increasing emphasis on contemporary materials and technologies. The study courses do not center on merely scientific theorems or technological models but are rather based on the system of concepts artists and students are concerned with. Contrary to other institutes, art is not judged and dealt with according to aesthetic or stylistic criteria; the curriculum focuses on the scientific analysis of materials, their specifics, composition, and change in time.

In addition to this insight into the foundations of science and materials science, study and research projects are carried out in the context of diploma dissertations and doctoral theses which explore the long-term behavior of materials (e.g. their lightstability, corrosion resistance, as well as the compatibility of various materials used in modern and contemporary art) in cooperation with the Institute for Fine Arts and the Institute for Conservation and Restoration. In accordance with international trends, these requirements have entailed a number of new tasks in recent years summed up as “Science for Art”, “Science in Conservation & Preservation”, or “Science for Cultural Heritage”. Answering the comprehensive questions posed by the analysis and preservation of cultural heritage calls for the most modern research strategies and equipment purchased with the help of sponsors (external funds) or developed and constructed at the Institute itself. These facilities are accessible to both Academy students and academics from other universities and research institutions and are also used for international research projects and ventures realized in cooperation with partners. The findings from these projects are presented at international conferences and in scientific journals.