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Applied Correlation Laboratory

Finissage and Book Launch


Exhibition view Applied Correlation Laboratory

© Harald Wolfbeisser

A research project by Doris Krüger/Krüger & Pardeller, Senior Artist at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Department of Transmedia Arts, and Gerd Zillner, Director of the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation.

Frederick Kiesler, visionary architect, designer and set designer, founded his holistic Laboratory for Design Correlation at the School of Architecture of Columbia University in New York in 1937. In experimental teaching formats, he tested his theory of Correalism, a transdisciplinary basic research on design and architecture, together with students from various disciplines. In this, Kiesler assumes that the human being forms the center of interacting forces and at the same time names a tool in his theory formation that was not only intended to counteract the social problems of his time, but has lost none of its relevance in the context of sustainability to this day.

How would such artistic education play out in our present day and what solutions could be generated by Kiesler's methods? The Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation houses Kiesler's estate in its archive. In a research collaboration with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Doris Krüger and Gerd Zillner are exploring these questions and investigating in the Applied Correlation Laboratory how the historical material can be activated for a young generation of students and artists. Perceptual experiments, theatrical moments, sculptural and cinematic references are linked together through a space-consuming display in the exhibition.

The Applied Correlation Laboratory is an institutional collaboration; it is a tool for artistic and scientific research, a workshop setting for hands-on experimentation, a platform for education, and a place for shared learning. It is an artwork, a lecture series, a research project, an exhibition and a publication. 

Featuring works by Francesca Centonze, Ganaël Dumreicher, Kirils Ēcis, Aleksandar Gabrovski, Jai Yun Lee, Jona Lingitz, Isolar Mesec, Michi Schmidl, Marlene Stahl and Bofan Zhou.Exhibition display by: Jasmy Chieh-Hsuan Chen

The publication contains numerous exhibition views as well as a comprehensive text by Gert Hasenhütl on the history of the Laboratories at various international art and design faculties.

Finissage and book presentation:
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 6 p.m.

Exhibition duration:
November 25, 2022 - January 25, 2023

Exhibition venue:
Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation.
Mariahilfer Strasse 1b/Top 1, 1060 Vienna

Opening Hours:
Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment, free admission.

APPLIED CORRELATION LABORATORY is an INTRA-Projekt of the University of Applied Arts Vienna: 
Fokus Relationale Forschung