- The semiotics of cultural texts. Contexts and interpretations.
- Discourses of art. Universalism vs. locality.
- Areas of artistic activity at the intersection of various arts.
- Cultural heritage – industrial culture, culture of memory.
Institute of Arts Studies | individual researchers
The Institute of Arts Studies researches artistic phenomena in Central Europe, and its particular focus is on Silesia. The Institute’s research concerns visual arts, history, and art theory, as well as music and musicology, drama, and film studies. Of particular importance for our research are industrial and post-industrial cultures and art, along with the issues of heritology. We analyse the place of art in industrial culture, the role and significance of novelty for artistic activities, and the influence of industrial development on the ways of shaping visual and sound art pieces. The Institute aims to become a leading research centre in this domain.
Musicological research covers the reception of sound art, its social and cultural contexts (the research is unique on a national scale in terms of investigating the overlapping fields of musicology and the sociology of music), the communicative function of music, issues of musical audiences, and early and contemporary music.
The strategic priority of the Institute is the intensification of interdisciplinary research understood as a collaborative platform for researchers combining the experience of art, music, and film with related areas of study.