The MAK FUTURE LAB and the University of Applied Arts Vienna invite to the panel discussion in the context of the exhibition AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
The exhibition AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna casts a glance back onto 150 years of the University’s history, while at the same time daring to look into the future. It outlines theses for the future and advocates for a reorientation of education, art, and society.
It often seems that our geopolitical and socioeconomic system is constantly threatening to collapse and, as it were, to reconstitute
itself. Is it precisely this threat that creates a situation of permanent political inflexibility? How can we become accomplices
in a transformation that points the way towards humanity?
Keynote “The Art of Aggressive Humanism”
by Cesy Leonard
Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Cesy Leonard, Center for Political Beauty, Berlin
Anna Witt, Artist
Laura Zimmermann, Political Activist and Co-President of Operation Libero, Zurich
Eva Maria Stadler, Professor of Art and Knowledge Transfer, University of Applied Arts Vienna
The MAK FUTURE LAB is a creative laboratory founded by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Through workshops, lectures,
panel discussions, and other formats the MAK FUTURE LAB generates interdisciplinary contributions to a humane shaping and
utilization of Digital Modernity. It positions design, architecture, and fine art as driving forces of socially, ecologically,
culturally, and economically sustainable market economy models. Through diverse cooperations, it networks these creative sectors
with the fields of science, research, business, and politics. The MAK FUTURE LAB aspires to develop both holistic orientation
models and strategies for the commons inspired by such models, as well as concrete, innovative business ideas for the future.