a course on machines

Eva Seiler
Fine Arts and Media Art, Sculpture and Space
2018W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 semester hours, course number S02583


The course draws attention to the influential relation of human and machines in various fields.

the workshop won’t provide an chronological overview of the history of machines and their influence on human society, but will highlight certain aspect.

on each meeting we`ll discuss the topic from a different perspective.

we will be reading texts by Hito Steyrl, Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, or Oswald Wiener.

analyze the films by David Cronenberg or Robocop by Paul Verhoeven.

we will have field trips e.g. to the Industrial Museum or the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum. 

the course is less about invisible technologies but more about the physics of the machine. a main topic will be to look at artists who are dealing with the subject of machines in their work.

and there will be guests to talk about the topic from their scientific background:

e.g. sociology, science fiction, art, modern medicine, politics, technology, philosophy.

Examination Modalities

In order to get marks you are asked to give a short presentation on a text or a term which will be discussed within the course.

the other possibility is to write a short essay on the topic.


the first meeting takes place on Wednesday the 10th of October at 10 a.m.
we´ll meet at Paulusplatz 5 , 1030 Vienna, 2. Floor 
(department of sculpture and space/ site-specific art)
in order to participate it is mandatory to join the first meeting since you are abel to choose a text or a topic for your short presentation.
at that date an introduction and an outlook on the program is given.

The course takes place on a weekly base; Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 




Course Enrolment

From 08 October 2018, 13:54 to 17 October 2018, 13:54
via email: eva.seiler@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible (2.0 ECTS)

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Artistic and art technology foundations (2.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (2.0 ECTS)