Urban explorations -­ Field trips to public art / spaces

Jeanette Pacher
Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2019W, Vorlesungen (VO), 3.0 ECTS, 3.0 semester hours, course number S02798


The recent, passionate debate over the removal/destruction of Lawrence Weiner’s lettering SMASHED TO PIECES (IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT), which was painted on the flak tower in Esterhazypark in 1991 and since then has characterised the building and virtually made it a landmark, raises the question what to do with works conceived and produced specifically for a site when the site itself is subject to change – and demonstrates how sensitive this issue is. How can these (now obsolete?) works be collected and archived? Or how can they be transferred into a new context?

This semester’s course will focus on art in architecture projects and the aspect of their respective temporality. On weekly field trips, we will discuss about prominent and less known examples of public art, and visit a wide range of different building types and public spaces. Some artworks were conceived and designed for an architectonic detail – a staircase, for instance – others are currently threatened to lose their “carrier” due to necessary renovation or modernisation measures.

Examination Modalities

Show up regularly and participate actively in the course.
Produce a publication together.


Weekly, on Friday 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Location: meeting point will vary and be announced in advance in the Base and via email.


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Key Words

Kunst am Bau, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Interventionistische Kunst, Sammlung, Archiv, Curator


11 October 2019, 13:30–15:45 Paulusplatz 5, Seminarraum, 2nd floor
18 October 2019, 13:30–15:45 mumok, Museumsquartier , "Heimrad Bäcker exhibition. Introduction to the field trip to Gusen"
25 October 2019, 10:00–19:00 KZ Memorial Gusen , "All-day trip!"
08 November 2019, 13:30–15:45 old WU (business university) / Academy of Fine Arts, Augasse 2-6, 1090: foyer , "Focus: the controversial faience portrayals of the 'Continentes' by Maitre Leherb"
15 November 2019, 13:30–15:45 tba , "cancelled"
29 November 2019, 13:30–15:45 TU Chemiehochhaus, Getreidemarkt 9, 6th district: courtyard , "Field trip includes viewing the art in construction project "24 Stunden glühen" (1995) by Werner Würtinger (with the artist), as well as exploring further art in public space projects in the neighbourhood"
06 December 2019, 13:30–15:45 2 pm: Erste Foundation, Am Belvedere 1, 10th district (near Hauptbahnhof): access from Arsenalstr., orange entrance , "Presentation of the Erste Foundation Collection by director Kathrin Rhomberg, focus on art in architecture"
13 December 2019, 13:30–15:45 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space , "Feedback last meetings, discussion and brainstorming re booklet, information on BIG symposium"
10 January 2020, 13:30–16:30 Meeting point: Uni Wien, main entrance, Universitätsring 1, 1st district , "On a parcours starting at Vienna University and that leads us to the city center, we will visit a variety of art in architecture resp. art in public space projects"
17 January 2020, 11:00–15:30 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space , "Presentation of drafts for posters/fanzine and meeting with graphic designer to discuss production and printing"
31 January 2020, 11:30–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space , "Discuss Poster/zine (production + timeline); if time followed by Secession visit"

Course Enrolment

From 01 July 2019, 00:00 to 13 October 2019, 00:00
Via online registration
via email: jeanette.pacher@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Artistic and Research Practice

Individual courses: possible