The activities of the Institute are not intended as isolated and self-contained spheres, rather they are conceived as mutually supplementing contingencies that are continuously and dynamically feeding into each other. In this way, stemming from a critical approach, the IZK links forms of artistic and cultural production at the dynamic intersection of art, science, and society, looking for existing holes within the relations in between which the institute operates and seeks new potentialities. The IZK positions itself within the city of Graz as a mediator that brings international academic research and art into the local and social context establishing connections between the students, local art institutions, engaged public, and international art context.
A growing number of formats support this vision. The IZK establishes and nurtures close connections and interdependencies between teaching, research, projects, and events. These are (research and thematic) exhibitions, IZK Theory Lecture Series and IZK Artist Talk Series, Public Working Sessions, conferences, and publishing.