Surprise, surprise! Is it a blessing or does it do harm? Either way surprise implies something new – yet, always pursuing the new can also get boring. Innovation does not imply something absolute. This is the reason why we ask for specific ideas in order to create something new in the context of society. What do the terms newand innovative mean for all the different professional areas? Does it pay off to design an economy of the new? Does it always have to be about faster, higher, further … and newer? Is it about being more original than others? And what is the price we have to pay for it? Does the term innovation stand for the sort of competition we don’t want to be part of? Yes, processes in scienes and arts are embedded into interests and expectations. Yet, reaching our goals, does this make us successful?Are there any alternatives? Can we expect the unexpected? Can we reflect on, draw back, pull out or rebel against? Do we have to focus more or get distracted? Trying to answer these questions could be the reason why we are looking for a new space in which we are able to create, as free as possible yet as limited as need be. Let’s (still) get surprised. Let´s take the risk of being innovative – let´s expect the unexpected.
Gerald Bast, Rektor Universität für angewandte Kunst
Alan Scott, Vizepräsident FWF, Professor Universität Innsbruck
Peter Weibel, Professor Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vorstand ZKM
Virgil Widrich, Professor Universität für angewandte Kunst
Anton Zeilinger, Präsident Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Moderation: Renata Schmidtkunz
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