“Art as Incubation” Symposium

On March 29, 2015 an international symposium “Art as incubation” will take place at Sent-Miklosh Castle (Chinadievo,  Transcarpathia, Ukraine).  The principal speaker and facilitator Dr. Bernd Kraeftner  (University of Applied Arts in Vienna).

During the event you will learn  about new and interesting approaches, discuss the relevant problems and exchange with experience.

All willing to participate  should fill the registration form

Registration card by scientific symposium on «Art as Іncubation».

Location of the event: Sent-Miklosh   Castle,  Voloshina 53 b Str., Chinadievo, Mukachivski district, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine,  89640

On accommodation and food contact Oksana Ivanyk, phone:  +380 669 7659 449


11:00 – event opening

14:00-15:00 – lunch break

14:00—16:00 event continuation

How to cook a stew made from Art, Activism and a dash of Science?

1In a speech addressing prospective diplomats the poet, novelist, politician and then director of the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Jiří Gruša, raises the point that ‘diplomacy’ comes from ‘diploos’- things that are exactly folded and doubled. He refers to diplomats as duplicate beings in a duplicate world who require an important precondition: the ability of personality renewal.

In the symposium I shall discuss this personality renewal by referring to a case study of a procedure that we call «incubation». This term refers to a method of investigation where researchers interact, collaborate, and become associated, with different actors – thereby initiating a social inquiry concerning a specific object of research.  The case study refers to a syndrome  called «unresponsive wakefulness syndrome“. During our investigation this syndrome is «incubated» – like in a long-term cultivation process – within a well-defined space.

This incubation allows the maturing of roles and positions that under everyday circumstances would not become visible. Preference is given to situations that are unexpected or unfamiliar to both, researchers and researched. During incubations, these situations are intervened with a combination of ethnographic, performative and artistic strategies. Thereby, new forms of knowledge are generated. The tools of research include written narratives, photography, drawings and paintings, video, programming, building of artefacts and collaborations. These media also serve as means to present the incubations to various publics.

In a more practical part of the symposium I shall focus on some questions that come along with doing incubations and with diplomacy: From what position do we speak – in the name of whom and what? How can we avoid the notion of a common frame of reference? How can we learn to express ourselves in simple terms? How can we accept that we become “connectors“ and «representatives“? Can we learn to refrain from using the terms «rationality» or «irrationality»? How can we set up incubations where we do not despise anybody and anything, whilst simultaneously not respecting the static roles and positions of parties, regardless in whose name they may speak.

2Bernd Kraeftner, MD,  is an artist and researcher. He studied medicine and worked as a filmmaker. He is a founder of the research group “Shared Inc.” (Research Centre for Shared Incompetence, and teaches at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna at the Departments of Art & Science ( and Digital Art. He has realized numerous transdisciplinary research projects on and at the interfaces of science, society and art. Currently he works on an experimental publication with the working title “Syndrome Archipelago 2004–2014 / A Coma-Family-Album”.

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