Applying Artistic Research Results as a Means of Establishing Transdisciplinary Interfaces
The field of artistic research has not yet developed well-established forms of transferring its research results into non-artistic fields of application. However, this kind of transfer has enormous potential for furthering, on the one hand, the cultural wealth of society. On the other hand, it promises an increase of the intellectual, technological, and economic innovative capacity in society, in the sense of “STEM to STEAM”, meaning that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are complemented by arts and design as a sustainable perspective for an adequate culture of innovation in the 21st century.
In this work package, case studies are used to develop innovative formats for the transfer of artistic research results into transdisciplinary scenarios of application. One result of the work conducted are the concrete “products” of the case studies. Another equally important result are the experiences with this kind of communication and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, which are documented in an adequate form in order to provide other groups of actors who work at the interface of the arts and non-artistic sectors with empirical knowledge to design future transfer processes more efficiently.
During the programme year 2016/17, the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and the Wegener Centre for Climate and Global Change collaborate in converting the prototype of a sonification software into a “market-ready” open source software platform. Sonification is the auditory representation of data. The methods of sonifying data used in this software and the software itself have been developed over years in several artistic research projects at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics. The researchers at the Wegener Center are an exemplary user group and have already used sonification in the past in order to represent their research data. Jointly, the software engineers and the researchers develop a versatile and user-friendly software, complemented by examples of use derived from the research of the Wegener Center.
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Written by: University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, MS