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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 four jurors specializing in business and economic sciences, humanities and social sciences, exact sciences (natural and engineering science, computer science or jurisprudence), and in this year the field of culture and law (see below) within the context of biannual application rounds advertised by Akademie Schloss Solitude. Young scientists and managers pursuing independent research projects oriented toward the current central theme suggested by the Akademie can apply for a fellowship in one of these four disciplines. The age limit for applications is thirty-five, or applicants should have graduated a maximum of five years previously. Nevertheless, some fellowships are awarded irrespective of the age of applicants. Students are not invited to apply, but applications from PhD candidates are welcome.

For the application round in fall 2016, in addition to the three regular fields, the Akademie has initialized the discipline of History with a focus on »The Practice of History in Everyday Life«, for which a number of activities will be organized in 2017 and 2018.

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.


The art, science & business program established national collaborations with universities and research institutions from the outset, including currently:
DFG Research Training Centre »Visibility and Visualisation – Hybrid Forms of Pictorial Knowledge« at Potsdam University (since 2014)
Hybrid Plattform – Association for the Advancement of Transdisciplinary Projects on the Campus Charlottenbug e.V. in Berlin (since 2013)
Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (HZK) in Berlin (since 2013)
Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen (since 2010)
Creativity and Innovation Group of the State of Baden-Württemberg (since 2010)

Mutual working visits are organized and awarded via these partners, and collaborative projects (events, publications and research projects) are developed and executed.

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 special program »Art Business Coaching« is just one example. 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

The art, science & business program is an important vehicle for the Akademie’s core concerns, which are developed in an interdisciplinary way together with the fellows, and has pursued an extensive theme schedule since its establishment, which has included the following topics:  »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). Fellows were selected, events organized and literature published on the basis of these central themes.

Following a suggestion by the current jury chairman, Kaiwan Mehta, from 2017 the Akademie will be organizing its art, science & business program around the central topic »The Practice of History in Everyday Life«. With this central topic, the Akademie would like to initiate a comprehensive interdisciplinary discussion about the practices of writing and politics of History in the contemporary and its implications in society.

»We often go to history to make sense of what we see around us, building on our historical knowledge and consciousness, to be able to explain and so deal with the contingencies of political and cultural life; however, it would be interesting to see, observe, and closely encounter the life on the street, and home, and the everyday situations of politics and culture to see what they softly talk about ›history‹ itself. Objects and situations in everyday life produce encounters that generate discontents, instabilities, or at times flourishes - these situations constantly destabilise the ground beneath your feet - producing societies, and politics that are in constant states of flux - at times, evidently so, and often so mild we miss the tremors. What happens to our understanding of history, our historical consciousness, our everyday perceptions of culture, when our everyday life clearly points towards histories we are only beginning to now sense, standing right amidst these situations?«
​Kaiwan Mehta