Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab (AIL) is an experimental space in which interdisciplinary practices and thought experiments are made possible in order to shape the present and future together.

Neither a museum, nor a gallery – think of AIL as a bouquet of ideas and formats, a flexible organism

Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab is a space and a platform for projects at the intersection of art, science and artistic research. Founded in 2014 by the University of Applied Arts Vienna as an initiative by Gerald Bast, it was launched to enable exchange among different disciplines and to open up art and artistic research. AIL is dedicated to facilitating dialogue between all visitors and participants as well as various fields of knowledge and connects partners from the fields of science, arts, design, research with the resources of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

AIL is a source of inspiration, a place for exchange

AIL makes space for a broad variety of projects, such as multidisciplinary exhibitions, curated talks and discussions, symposia, lectures, concerts and performances as well as public experiments and informal meetings like the weekly Kochmittwoch (currently on hold), exploring crucial and future-oriented topics to make them available to an interested public and community. Originally called Angewandte Innovation Lab, AIL relaunches as Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab in 2022 to put interdisciplinarity at the forefront as its main approach and way of acting and thinking.

Image by ©Susanna Hofer EAT politics ART. An interdisciplinary trial by Stummerer / Hablesreiter © Susanna Hofer

Our program, our vision

AIL broadcasts the research landscape of die Angewandte. The projects in AIL’s program investigate current societal issues and encourage the development of new ideas and concepts. Which tools can artistic practices develop to meet the challenges our society faces today? What can artists, designers, activists, teachers, farmers and everyone else offer to create a well-functioning present and a future worth living?

Image by ©Martina Lajczak Labor der Plötzlichkeit © Martina Laczak

The program, curated by the heads of AIL and the Executive Board, is based on research projects affiliated with Angewandte or on collaborations with external partners. As an important link between Angewandte and the general public sphere, AIL makes current projects at the university accessible to the public, connects them to other fields of knowledge and science and makes the university’s organizational and content-related resources available to all interested parties.

Dr. Alexander Damianisch (Executive Board), Mag.a Alexandra Graupner (Head AIL), Dr. Gerald Bast (Executive Board) and Mag. Jürgen Gschiel (Executive Board) in front of the former office at Franz-Josefs-Kai 3. Not in the picture: Mag.a Elisabeth Falkensteiner (Head AIL)

Hello Café Exchange! Specialty coffee, topped with vivid discourse culture

With Café Exchange, AIL opens up not only the program but continues to consolidate the intersection between the University and the public. Following the spirit of Wiener Salon, this is a place to exchange thoughts, knowledge, visions and utopias – to meet and network, linger over great drinks from master coffeemaker Alexander Afrough while experiencing sound and artistic performances and installations or listening to talks and lectures from the curated program.

Located in the heart of former Postsparkasse

In spring 2021, after seven years at the Franz Josefs Kai 3, AIL moved to the former Postsparkasse – a historic landmark designed by architect Otto Wagner – thus joining other departments of Angewandte and a newly emerging neighborhood comprising several research institutions from the field of art and science. The new location, at Georg-Coch-Platz 2, is in close proximity to the other two main buildings of the Angewandte – Oskar Kokoschka Platz and Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7.

The new location provides the opportunity to further expand and strengthen networks for interdisciplinary work and research on an area of about 300 square meters, divided into three rooms on the mezzanine floor, with Café Exchange and the former Kassenhalle (banking hall) as its centerpiece.

Image by ©Stefan Seelig The former Kassenhalle now Café Exchange, designed by Otto Wagner © Stefan Seelig