Kunstraum Lakeside devotes itself each year to a specific theme derived from its special standing as an institution for exhibition, performance, and discourse. The Kunstraum’s integration into a Science and Technology Park, and the linking of its events to the semester program at the University of Klagenfurt, raise questions about how artists today interact with the fundamentals, possibilities, and limits of current knowledge production. Under the curatorial guidance of Franz Thalmair, the planned three-year program will focus on areas of endeavor that can be subsumed under the term “artistic research.” Artistic research, like art in general, allows us to gain aesthetic experience. In addition, however, it also offers artists an opportunity within their respective art practice—i.e., using their own media, formats, and modes of representation—to contemplate the framework conditions that govern their activities. Embedded in social, historical, and cultural interpretation contexts, artistic research therefore enables us to respond to the constantly changing realities of our society.
The second program year at Kunstraum Lakeside will be devoted to the concept of “process.” Just as research, while fundamental to an investigative practice for generating knowledge and insights within an artistic context, can also become the actual subject of representation, the process also has the potential to emancipate itself from the work of art and become an experiment in its own right. To what extent these forms of exploratory experimentation are inherent to every artistic practice, and how artistic research must go beyond this in order not to be arbitrary, will be demonstrated through a dual reflection on the medium of expression and the object of expression: “Some believe that the visual arts are constantly experimenting as they seek the right form for their objects, reflecting on and revising their materials and media for this purpose. This very general and therefore not very productive perspective can be narrowed down further by focusing on practices that address experimentation itself as a process.”* The program therefore sets out to examine developmental processes in artistic creation: phases, evolutions and progressions, courses of events, unfoldings and procedures.