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.
The IZK Laboratory for Visual and Sonic Practice is a space equipped with both digital and analogue equipment to be used for production of photographs, and recording of video and sound.
The IZK Silk Screen Lab is a workshop space which gives the possibility to print the posters using the silk screen printing method, a stencil process in which coloring matter is forced onto the material to be printed through the meshes of a silk or organdy screen.
The IZK Library is a special collection consisting of couple of hundreds of books closely related to art, architecture, technology and critical theory. The library collection is curated and available for lending or scanning, as well as to be used within the research space itself.
The IZK Media library is a special collection of videos and movies of different genres closely related to art and architecture.
The IZK research space is a space which provides the environment suitable for reading, writing, research, presentation, screening, discussion and more.