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03 Sep 2010

Depot – Kunst und Discussion

The Depot proved to be an internationally recognized institution and platform where arts and sciences are approaching each other. This platform is participating in an ever changing definition of art and gives special attention to forms of art which have abandoned their tradtional places and spaces. Regarding its interdisciplinary approach, the Depot engages in questions that have special relevance to the contemporary social sphere, such as globalisation, migration, postcolonialism, rasism, sexism, bioethics and new forms of communication technologies.

The events focus on certain themes reflecting the current discussion in fields like art theory, cultural and gender studies, philosophy, politology, film studies and sociology. The form of these events range from talks, lectures and panel discussions to symposia, workshops and seminars but we constantly try to develop new forms of presentation and discussion. Participation is the central moment of the Depot which is aimed for in different ways.

The Depot-Library contains books and journals on art, art theory, gender studies, cultural studies, media theory. runs an open-access library focussing on art theory, cultural and gender studies, film theory and feminism. It also houses a comprehensive collection of catalogues about international artists and exhibitions as well as recent documentation on art and cultural events, general information and empiric studies on Austrian cultural policy.

The library stock is completed by a collection of more than 50 international contemporary art magazines. Apart from the established art journals, the scope of periodicals, which broadens continuously, also contains underground magazines.

About 3.500 titles can be accessed. To complement its library, the Depot publishes the newsletter "neu im depot", in which critics, theorists and artists review publications on art and culture newly acquired by the library.

The videotheque comprises about 500 titles containing documentations of the Depot's events as well as artists' video works and artists' interviews.

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