Cross Disciplinary Capabilities

Semesters: SS 19, WS 19/20, SS 20
Lecturer: Christine Böhler Sen.Sc. Mag. phil.

In the second semester (SS 19) we applied project-based learning for creating interdisciplinary connections and explore the potentials of interdisciplinary linkages. Our focus was on group work and group dynamics, formats and methods of interaction, story developing and performance acting. In the course, we had to visit workshops, be active in our meetings and develop and document a project.

 

  1. Workshop with the artist collective Time´s Up (timesup.org): Speed Dating With Possible And Preferable Futures.

Time´s Up: “We will guide participants through an engaging process supporting a participative, playful and entertaining experience to train their practical utopian imagination. Participants will develop fragments of in-depth alternative future scenarios closely connected to the experiential future Change was our only Chance, an immersive experiential future part at the Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL) as part of the Vienna Biennale from the end of May. Attendees will be guided through a process of developing artifacts for this specific future story-world, things that might be found in the everyday life of a person in that possible future.”

 

  1. Indeterminate Acting GAMES for Artists – A workshop on improvisation by Wolfgang Gantner and Scott Clifford Evans.

This workshop teaches improvisational acting techniques through acting exercises or “acting games.” These techniques can be used in Happenings and other performance works, videos, installations, photography etc.––a cross-disciplinary tool par excellence. These exercises are also known to be cathartic––the actor/artist gets in touch with their body and the space it inhabits––but overall, the goal is to have fun and learn useful indeterminate-acting skills to take into various future projects.

 

  1. Workshop – Discovering Spaces by Spindler and Schüller

Discovering spaces for cooperation within myself, between us, within teams, the space around us and across differences.

  • Action learning in the here and now with the needs, challenges, resources and deep intentions of the students and the group
  • Action research is learning by doing:, introspection, reflection and change
  • Power of Here & Now: Presence, perception and influence in the team
  • Interconnection of individual, group and intergroup/whole systems level
  • Getting in touch with positive dynamics – and the opposite – raise your awareness for patterns and your abilities to influence and co-shape social realities
  • Looking inside and outside – sharing your findings – navigate in uncertainty
  • Coexistence – Cooperation – Co-creation in Teams
  • Space, Freedom & Structure in teamwork

 

Methods

  • Experiential learning about the own systems dynamics (SELF) and the social dynamics (SYSTEM): how to become aware, influence and how to stay connected with oneself and the team at the same time.
  • Theoretical inputs and testing of the theory constitute the essential framework for orientation within complex team- and collaboration situations in the here & now learning situation
  • Large scale interventions
  • Mind-body practices
  • Creative media
  • Artistic interventions
  • Small workgroups, learning partners

Literature

  • Gilligan, S.; Schüller, A. “Integrating Somatic Intelligence in High Performance Teams.” Challenging Organizations and Society 6, no. 1 (2017): 1087-1103.
  • Spindler, M.; Stary, Ch. “SoS Anarchy. Active Inner Spacing for CO-creating Future Outer Space.” Challenging Organizations and Society 6, no. 1 (2017): 1013 – 1065.

Group Project
Group: UniNEtZ, Florian Schinnerl, Maximilia Hogrebe, Theresa Hajek, Lisa-M. Weidl
Topic: Angewandte is more than just a place of artistic production and intervention. One concern is to develop and contextualize independent artistic research and to communicate results in national and international research contexts.

Projects such as UniNEtZ – a partnership between 18 universities and research institutions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – are the best example of interdisciplinary cooperation.

As part of the Angewandte Festival 2019, some of my colleagues and me had put together an interactive guided tour through the Angewandte in order to bring current artistic works and exhibitions by students in the field of scientific and interdisciplinary research closer to the invited guests – researchers, SDG leaders and NGO members – and created a space that contributes to the exchange of communication and knowledge and reveals different artistic approaches. The tour was rounded off with a buffet of a different kind – because nutrition plays an essential role in sustainable development. That’s why we invited people not only to dinner, but also to reflect and discuss, in a space between everyday absurdities and possible solutions.

The aim of this CDS project was and still is to strengthen the networking within and between Angewandte and UniNEtZ and thus to bring people together who are striving for a more sustainable future for all.

In the third semester (WS 19/20) students applied methods for creating cross-disciplinary links and explore linking potentials in project work. Projects had to touch on the contents of at least two study areas. During the winter semester, topics of the annual projects were either suggested by the students or specified by the teaching staff. Students’ work results were brought about in annual projects and were evaluated in CDC class meetings and in semester examinations (midterm and end term).

Literature

  • Foucault, Michael. “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias.” Architecture/ Mouvement/ Continuité (1984).
  • Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. London: Penguin Books , 2014.
  • Haraway, Donna. Staying with the trouble. Durham, London: Duke University Press, 2016.
  • Siekmann, Andreas. “Trickle Down. The Public Space in the Age of Its Privatization.” In Utopia and Monument, ed. S. Breitwieser. Vienna: Springer Verlag, 2011.

In the fourth semester (SS 20), we addressed questions of collective work and explored together how multifaceted knowledge and approaches can be made visible, communicated and documented. For this, we created a project space in the CDS rooms, which served as a laboratory for all of us. In workshops, with the help of small practical exercises, through ongoing individual and group presentations and joint production on-site, we also developed a common presentation of the individual projects planned during the winter semester.

Group Project
Group: Adaeze Ike & Lisa-M. Weidl
Format: Podcast “Contraception is a Man’s Business”
Transcript: English and German available
Link: https://cdslab.uni-ak.ac.at

Imagine a better today than yesterday; a world with established contraceptive methods for men to make sexual responsibility as equal as possible. The podcast series “Contraception Is a Man’s Business,” set in 2038 and onward, documents the journey of contraceptive consuming men. They share their stories and depict the personal impacts of the introduction of male contraceptives into the market. This project is based on contemporary research on contraceptive methods for both men and women and male contraceptives that have been tested and exist within laboratories across the world.