The focus of the Center for Artistic Research in Jazz and Popular Music Vienna (CAR) is on gaining knowledge in and through artistic practice. The diversity within popular music is taken into account and studied from the perspective of all those who are involved in the various creative processes. The aim is to develop theoretical perspectives on the basis of an interdisciplinary and participatory research approach.
The CAR sees itself as a complement to existing institutions, such as the Orpheus Research Center in Music (ORCiM) in Ghent/Belgium, and expands its orientation as an international centre of excellence for artistic music research to include the field of jazz and popular music – which is little represented at ORCiM but is all the more relevant for contemporary culture.
The centre is oriented towards basic artistic research based on a growing international network of artistic researchers.