CDC Application Lab

Adnan Balcinovic
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, Projektarbeit (PA), 8.0 ECTS, 3.0 semester hours, course number S04522


This academic year we will develop our yearly projects around the annual theme of Energy.  Generally, the focus in the winter semester is on building a foundation for a chosen practice, while in the summer semester we focus on application and practical work.

The CDCLab is developed and run with the whole CDS faculty team, mainly in close coordination with the courses Intensification in Science and Technology by Fabian Fischer and Intensification in Economics and Politics by Sarah Hager.

As we work on the year-long projects, individually or in groups, we bring in  knowledge from different CDS courses into the Lab and speculate on possible connections, entanglements, conflicts. Through various working, discussion formats and critical conversation we will analyze and draft new connections as well as develop proposals in different media of how cross-disciplinary practices might look like. Focus on one of CDS's study areas (project tracks)  is expected and encouraged.

The CDCLab is a safe space for experimentation and critical cross-generational theoretical and practical exchange. Students are encouraged and supported by faculty and visiting coaches from a variety of disciplines in developing independent, cross-disciplinary practice, whether individually or in teams, through the use of various media and forms of expression.

More information about the CDCLab will be shared in the first meeting and can be found in the term card and the CDS handbook available on Base.

Project support by Adnan Balcinovic, Christine Böhler, Aurianne Chevandier, Fabian Fischer, Sarah Hager, Andrea Schaffar & Astrid Wagner.

Examination Modalities

The final grade of each semester of the CDCLab is based on the recommendations of the project supervisors and the students themselves. In the CDCLab, the focus is on the individual learning process and self-reflection on individual skills, learning experiences and insights. During the semester, students accompany and reflect on their work process and recommend a grade according to previously consensually agreed criteria. The supervisors make a recommendation according to the criteria described in the respective project track.  If the recommendations do not correspond, a feedback session can take place to discuss the different views and make a decision. The ultimate grading decision rests with the CDC Lab Lecturer. 

Key Words

Observation, Action, Instrument, Speculation, Measurement, Reproduction, Imitation, Image, Diagram, Map, Photography, Re-working, Re-iteration, Process-based Practice, Cross-Disciplinary Practice


01 March 2023, 14:00–16:00 CDS Studio (preliminary discussion)
08 March 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Workshop"
15 March 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Workshop"
22 March 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Workshop"
29 March 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Workshop"
19 April 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio
26 April 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Excursion Salzburg"
03 May 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Midterm"
10 May 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio
17 May 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio
24 May 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio
31 May 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio
07 June 2023, 14:00–18:00 CDS Studio
13 June 2023, 10:00–18:00 CDS Studio , "Finals, Part 1"
14 June 2023, 10:00–14:00 CDS Studio , "Finals, Part 2"

Course Enrolment

Until 05 March 2023, 12:00
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Deepening / Application: Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities 700/005.20

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible