About

The Angewandte Performance Laboratory (APL)

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Performative practices and notions of performativity are recognized as full-fledged aspects of contemporary art and design. It is in this perspective that key-actors of the University of Applied Arts Vienna are launching the Angewandte Performance Lab (APL). The APL is a transversal artistic research and education platform that focusses on the relationship between the body, perception, and the arts and society in a post-digital context. Its purpose is to serve as an incubator to promote performance as an artistic medium and as a field of research.

By combining in-house and international expertise, the APL offers body training practices; digital performance workshops; conferences, symposia, and publications; master classes and presentations by guest artists; project development; and a forum for public presentations.

The APL supports the diversity of distinctive approaches while facilitating their convergence through interdepartmental collaboration in:

  • Socio-cultural, political, and site-specific interventions
  • Somatic practices, improvisation, and notation strategies
  • Hybridization and performativity of media and technologies
  • Agency of the living and non-living
  • Historical and investigative dimensions of performance

The APL initiates this dialogue in the year 2019-2020, all activities and updates can be found under APL Events and Associated Lectures and Workshops.