Alexander Damianisch is director of the Zentrum Fokus Forschung the Research Centre at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and head of the department Support Art and Research. He is re-elected member of the executive board of the Society for Artistic Research and member of the executive board of the AIL – the Angewandte Innovation Laboratory. He is delegate to the Austrian Science Fund and vice president of ARTist, a society supporting postgraduates.
He was inaugural manager for the Programme for Artistic Research at the Austrian Science Fund. He studied literature and history at the Universities of Vienna and Paris (Sorbonne), concluding his studies with a doctoral degree. Additionally, he holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Arts Management (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna). He worked in the field of arts management and non-profit PR, including curatorial work at the Memorial Site New Synagogue – Centrum Judaicum Berlin, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart. His interest is focused on the development of an open landscape of research. Coming from the humanities, literature and the broad field of the arts (Arts/Cultural Management) he has developed a special focus for the area of Artistic Research. He actively started to take into account the necessity for setting up adequate contexts, institutionally and in respect of funding options. In his understanding content creates frames; to achieve this caring, empowerment, support and documentation is needed. In his publications, he describes what he aims for with the tools of his work and institutional affiliations, the Support for Artistic Research (Künstlerische Forschung – Ein Handbuch, Zürich 2015, 249-253) and the development of Heterotopoetics (Arts, Research, Innovation and Society, Arts, Research, New York 2015, 223-227). Recently, he co-curated an exhibition project in Hong Kong Contemporary Code – Artistic Research (School of Creative Media/ City University of Hong Kong, 2015).