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art, science & business program

Main idea

The art, science & business program aims to promote a dialog between the fields of art, science and business. It was established in 2002 based on the idea that art, science and business should not be viewed as discrete, but instead as complementary activities. Despite considerable deviations between and inevitable autonomy of these three disciplines, individuals working in these fields are frequently concerned with similar questions, posing these, however, in different ways and via divergent methodological approaches.
At the same time, the interaction of individuals with different horizons and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and experience form the basis of synergies founded on creativity, innovative spirit and management expertise. As a result, the fundamental idea behind art, science & business is to create space for a multidisciplinary encounter between various individuals, enabling intensive reflection and triggering new creative approaches. Moreover, fellows and guests will become part of a lively, international network.


In order to promote this dialog, the program offers young scientists and economists residency fellowships at Akademie Schloss Solitude for periods of three to twelve months.
The fellowships are awarded by two jurors in the sphere of practice »scientific,« that includes humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, as well as business and economic sciences, within the context of biannual application rounds advertised by Akademie Schloss Solitude. Young scientists and managers pursuing independent research projects can apply for a fellowship in this sphere of practice. Applicants are free to choose their own topic of research. The age limit for applications is forty. Nevertheless, a few fellowships are awarded irrespective of the age of applicants. Students are not eligible to apply, but applications from PhD candidates are welcome.

Guest residency

Guests are also very welcome to apply for sabbatical residencies at the Akademie as part of the art, science & business program, either individually or via an institution or company. In these cases, the Akademie places studios without fellowships at the disposal of young and experienced scientists and economists for periods of up to three months. The Akademie welcomes informal applications containing project proposals or suggested research topics at all times. These should be submitted to the program coordinator. Program applications from guest researchers from institutes in and around Stuttgart are also welcomed.


Since its inception, the program has established national and international collaborations with universities and research institutions, including:

Hybrid Plattform – Association for the Advancement of Transdisciplinary Projects on the Campus Charlottenbug e.V. in Berlin 
L'Atelier Art Sciences
ICN Business School Nancy

Mutual working visits are organized and awarded via these partners, and collaborative projects are developed and executed.

In 2015, the project Platform 12 has been set up as a permanent collaboration between the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Robert Bosch GmbH and the artistic duo Wimmelforschung. Platform 12 is an experimental space designed by Wimmelforschung in collaboration with Bosch as part of Bosch’s Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering in Renningen. An essential feature of Platform 12 is the presence of artists, who enter into dialog with researchers at Bosch as indirect observers and initiators as part of the WimmelResearch-Fellowship, to work on individual and joint artistic projects. The aim of the collaboration is to establish new forms of innovation culture through an exchange between the arts and research.

Activities and projects

The art, science & business program has a flexible attitude toward different forms of participation. Scholars, scientists, and professionals can edit and publish research results, evaluate working processes or formulate new project proposals during their residencies. The Akademie’s location and encounters with artists and scientists in situ offer the peace and inspiration required for concentrated work. The seismographic artistic context, so quick to divine social and technological developments and accompany these critically, favors all forms of innovative thought. The resulting enrichments successfully tap new thought and working processes, both individually and collectively.
Fellows can initiate public or internal events including symposia, lectures, podium discussions, workshops and exhibitions, or publish papers. The art, science & business program is also developing new formats on themes such as creativity and innovation. The convergence of art, science and business emerges during the course of these multifaceted events and publications, stimulating an exchange beyond the disciplines’ boundaries.

Central topics

From 2002 onwards, central topics have been introduced to serve as a common ground for discursive encounters which then take place in the form of workshops, symposia or lecture series, often in collaboration with other institutions. Topics included:  »Remembrance and Oblivion« and »Image and Visualization« (both 2004–2006), »Negotiating with Fear« (2007–2009), »Design of the (In-)Human« (2009–2011), »Chronicles of Work« (2011–2014) and »Biography and the Production of Space« (2014–2016). All contributions to the central topics by fellows and guest lecturers are publicly accessible as part of the online archive: