The PhD-in-Practice program
I am conducting my research as a candidate at the PhD-in-Practice program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The PhD-in-Practice program provides participants with the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects in a collective learning environment with a decidedly transdisciplinary and international bent, and provides a concept of arts-based research that is built upon critical epistemologies, as they have been developed in the context of feminist, queer, postcolonial, ecological, postmarxist and other political and emancipatory projects. Inspired by these struggles, the PhD in Practice program approaches arts-based research as a space for the negotiation of social, political, cultural and economic conflicts. It refers to a history of research in the arts field, which has been developed in dialog with an array of different fields, including academia, activism, high art as much as pop and subculture. It thus privileges cultural productions, which are concerned with a critique of social hierarchies and exclusions, and it is interested in the development of heterotopic visions. By engaging with these trajectories, the conditions and foundations of knowledge production in the arts field become itself a subject-matter of basic research.


Renate Lorenz is an artist and cultural scientist, primarily in the fields of Art and Queer Theory. Since the beginning of the ’90s she has been working at the intersection of visual culture, theory, and politics. She is the co-editor and author of a foundational publication about art and politics in the German-speaking area, Copyshop – Kunstpraxis und politische Öffentlichkeit (“Practices of Art and Counterpublic”) (Berlin 1993).
Her recent staged films and film installations (together with Pauline Boudry) often start with a song, a performance, a film, or a script from the past. Works such as To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013) or Opaque (2014) show a – partly fictitious and transtemporal – collaboration, that is produced by a dense net of references on experimental film, the history of photography, and underground (drag-) performance. The performers are choreographers, artists, and musicians.

Anette Baldauf is a Professor of Epistemology and Methodology at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is interested in exploring the potentials of transdisciplinarity in research, teaching, writing and visual practices at the intersection of visual culture, urbanism and social movements. In continuous collaborations with artists, she employs feminist, postcolonial and cultural studies theory in exploring questions on commoning and public space. Her next book publication in Victor Gruen. Memoires of a City Planner (University Minnesota University Press, in print).