The research focus of the WÜRTH chair is inspired by “real” problems, rather than the boundaries of a discipline. As problems are distinctly not confined to disciplinary limits, the chair’s research projects are mostly inter or transdisciplinary.
Teaching is not based on the transmission of a “fixed” body of knowledge that has to be learnt. Rather, the students should learn to think for themselves and develop the cognitive tools and enthusiasm for solving scientific problems. Student-led research projects are at the heart of our work.
Decisions as representations of systemic logics
Artists make decisions – consciously or unconsciously – when producing or interpreting an artwork. The art field enacts decisions as to what is art and what is not. Cultural policy makers decide as to what is “worthy” or “good” for public support. In cultural organisations, decisions are made about what to do and how to do it – and the visitors to arts organisations of course choose certain institutions over others. “Decisions”, as such, operate in a plurality of contexts. From this point of departure, we can better understand the systemic logics of different environments and point out their attributes. This opens up a perspective on the various situational conditions wherein decisions are made. Decisions (implicit, explicit, embodied, intended or socially determined) are therefore at the heart of the chair’s research and teaching, using quantitative, qualitative as well as artistically charged, experimental methods.
Current partners in research comprise: University of Bern, Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Art Museum St. Gallen, Academy Schloss Solitude, Radialsystem Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg and Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg.
The chair is connected to the “Zentrum für Kulturproduktion” (Center for Cultural Production) as well as the “artsprogram” at Zeppelin University.