Workshop on exhibition analysis welcomes critical friends

Exhibitions, as cultural artefacts and media of communication, are of great interest for art history and cultural studies. However, it is often unclear or methodologically not explicit how analyzing an exhibition can work out. In contrast to sophisticated modes of (art-)historical object analysis, so far, no established toolbox for exhibition analysis and no respective method book in the German-speaking countries exists. This research gap was taken up by Luise Reitstätter (University of Vienna) and Carla-Marinka Schorr (University Würzburg) who are currently developing the book “Methoden der Ausstellungsanalyse” joined by international authors. In the process of the book development a working conference will take place from the 17th to the 22nd of May 2022 at various exhibition sites and the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna. The aim is to practically experience and reflect on the different methods, see full program (in German). The working conference welcomes critical friends, to register for single workshops please just send an email to

PhD Candidate (m/f/d) in Art History

We are looking for a PhD candidate to join the project “ArtVis - Dynamic Network Perspectives on Digital Art History” ( This interdisciplinary project, bridging between computer science (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology) and art history (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Raphael Rosenberg, University of Vienna), is financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The art history PhD candidate will focus on the history of European art and exhibitions between 1905 and 1915 as documented by the existing database DoME ( and cooperate with computer scientists in order to develop innovative approaches to network visualizations.
Applications should be submitted via e-mail to until April 24th, 2022.
Full job description: PhD Candidate (m/f/d) in Art History

2 PhD Candidates in Art History/Cognitive Science

The newly funded FWF/DFG-project "The Museum Gaze. Empowering Mobile Eye Tracking to Investigate Viewing Behaviour in Relation to Painting and Sculpture in Different Exhibition Displays" is looking to fill two three-year PhD positions. The PhD candidates will also join the Vienna Doctoral School for Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience (VDS CoBeNe) at the University of Vienna ( Applications should be submitted via the recruiting tool Apply@VDSCoBeNe until March 15th, 2022.
Full job description: PhD positions in Art History/Cognitive Science

Lecture series Eye-Tracking 4.0: Sehen verstehen in Kunst und Wissenschaft

What happens when we look at artworks? Can we “read” paintings and sculptures? Is it possible to measure the perceptual and cognitive processes when people engage with art? These and other questions will be the topic of a lecture series given by the University of Regensburg on eye tracking in art history during the summer term 2021. Internationally renowned guest lecturers will be presenting the newest methods and technologies in the field of eye tracking and eye movement analysis. Among them Univ.-Prof. Dr. Raphael Rosenberg.
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Jubiläumsfonds research projects

We are happy to announce two new research projects funded by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank. The first project "Right to the Museum?" started in autumn 2020 and aims for a systematic elaboration of museum concepts of the public, in collaboration with five Austrian museums. Additionally, since December 2020, the project "Hitler as an Architect" investigates Adolf Hitler's personal involvement in the architecture of National Socialism.

7 uni:docs positions at the Vienna Doctoral School CoBeNe

The Vienna Doctoral School in Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience is looking for candidates for three-year PhD positions in the research areas Psychological Science, Behavioral & Cognitive Biology, Neuroscience, and the Cognitive Humanities at the University of Vienna. The VDS CoBeNe offers its doctoral fellows the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary field of cutting-edge research. Deadline for applications is September 30th, 2020.
Full job description: 7 VDS CoBeNe uni:docs PhD positions (3 years, open call)

Conference participation: Reviving the Archive: Material Records in the Digital Age

As guardians of the collective memory, archives are vital for the future of art historical research. However, with increasing demand for information in the digital age, European archival repositories must confront the broader challenges of making their material accessible. An international conference in Potsdam provided case studies of archival re-discoveries, highlighted archives that are underutilized, and underscored the resources currently available to archive holders. The database DoME from our research project “Exhibitions of Modern European Painting 1905-1915” was presented by Christina Bartosch. Full program see:

New Project: WWTF NEXT (New Exciting Transfer Projects)

"Wild colors, gentle lines? Engaging with color and line in an interactive children's environment" is the title of a new WWTF project starting in December 2019. The aim is  to disseminate the knowledge acquired in the initial project "Universal aesthetics of lines and colors?". Together with our cooperation partner the children's museum ZOOM in Vienna we will focus on science communication outside the university walls to encourage enthusiasm for arts and sciences.
Duration: Dec 2019-Aug 2020 PI: Hanna Brinkmann

Conference: 4th Conference on Empirical Methods in Art History and Visual Studies, July 4-5, 2019

Part 4 of the conference series "Art and Science" which is dedicated to empirical approaches in art history and visual studies is taking place at the department of art history at the University of Vienna on July 4-5, 2019. Panels feature topics from art perception to digital art history and also include talks by CReA team members. There is also the possibility to participate in a CReA lab visit. Full programme see:

Internship: “Belvedere Before and After” study

We are currently looking for an intern for our “Belvedere Before and After” study. Following the major rearrangement of the permanent collection of the Austrian Gallery Belvedere Museum, the study investigates how visitors perceive the different displays of the artworks and contextual settings. During the internship you will work with empirical data from mobile eye tracking, subjective mapping and survey, delve into literature research and join data analysis meetings. If you are interested in joining our team, please send a short letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae to

Job: Exhibitions of Modern European Painting

The FWF research project "Exhibitions of Modern European Painting" under the guidance of Prof. Raphael Rosenberg is looking for a student assistant. The project brings together information on exhibitions of art in Europe between 1905 and 1915 into a digital open-access database. The job of the student assistant is to accompany the project in its last steps of completion. Applications can be submitted until the 26th of May 2019.

Exhibition: Retropia at Volkskundemuseum Wien

From the 5th of April to the 2nd of June 2019 the exhibition “Retropia. Sprechen über Sehnsuchtsbilder vom Land” is open to the public at the Volkskundemuseum Wien (Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art). The show presents findings from the research projects “Stadt-Land-Kind” and “Stadt-Land-Bild” and invites for participation through a social tagging installation and a series of workshops. A wide media coverage – among them Ö1 Leporello, Wiener Zeitung and Der Standard – highlights the actuality of the topic where the countryside works as counter image to the fast, digital and insecure perceived global world.

Radio report: What does the CReA Lab actually do?

Andreas Maurer from the Austrian public radio station Ö1 reports on the activities of the lab in the series "Moment - Leben heute" with a focus on the current museum study "Belvedere Before and After".
On air Friday, February 7, 2019 at 15:45.

Call for Papers: 4th Art + Science Conference

The 4th Art + Science Conference on Empirical Methods in Art History and Visual Studies will take place in Vienna from July 4-5, 2019. We welcome contributions that discuss or explicitly revert to scientific methods for the investigation of questions of art historical relevance in a wide variety of domains, including research on aesthetic experience and art reception, museum studies, digital art history, neuroarthistory, cognitive research in art history, or the investigation of historical data. The deadline for proposals is February 24, 2019.

Call for Participants: Eye Tracking the Last Supper

For the study "Eye Tracking the Last Supper" we are looking for participants. Your task is to look at works of art and then answer a few questions. The participation to the study will last approx. 40 minutes, and you will be compensated with 10 Euros. No special knowledge or preparation prior to the study is needed; the only requirement is that you are a current Bachelor student in art history. If you are interested in participating, please take an appointment from Monday to Friday during working hours, by writing us an email at: We are looking forward to hearing back from you!

Conference: The Art Museum in a Digital Age

Luise Reitstätter, Hanna Brinkmann and Raphael Rosenberg will present their paper on ways of seeing in the museum at the international conference "The Art Museum in a Digital Age" taking place from January 11-12, 2019 at the Austrian Gallery Belvedere. The conference explores the art museum's role and responsibility within the "universal presence of the digital" and offers the framework to discuss findings from our study "Belvedere Before".

Talk: Nervous vibrations in art perception

Beatrice Immelmann will present her research at "Internationales Nachwuchskolloquium Deutschland-Frankreich" at Deutsches Forum Kunstgeschichte, taking place in Paris from January 9-11, 2019. She will talk about nervous vibrations as a model of thought to theorize processes of perception in art theory and aesthetics, and will focus especially on the transfer of ideas between Germany and France in late 19th and early 20th century.

New publication: Ferocious colors and peaceful lines

Our team of the WWTF-funded project "Universal aesthetics of lines and colors? Effects of expertise, culture and habituation" just published an article on "Ferocious colors and peaceful lines. Describing and Measuring Aesthetic Effects" in the Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte (No. 65, 2018). The article focuses on the history of conceptual polarities to describe aesthetic effects from 18th century aesthetics to empirical research in contemporary psychology.

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