IZK Institute for Contemporary Art (Institut für Zeitgenössische Kunst) is part of the Architecture Faculty of the Graz University of Technology (TU). Founded in 1975, it has a rich history of art education positioned at the intersection of technological innovation, spatial practice and contemporary art.
The Institute promotes critical thinking and new forms of artistic and intellectual engagement at the intersections of art, science and society. Nurturing trans-disciplinary art-based research and generating investigatory and long-term projects are equally important as our academic programs. Our students are encouraged to reflect conditions, media and instruments of contemporary art while engaging with the complexities of contemporary spatial politics and its relation to society at large.