matz ab

Thomas Schoiswohl
Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2019W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02823

Description

Squatting Matzleinsdorfer Square

Squatting supposedly is a simple posture, but complicated arts. Whoever is squatting, is occupying a site, is intervening in order, is disturbing regular processes and is challenging the dominant concept of property.

We will discuss and strengthen Squatting as an practice in (urban) surroundings, highlight artistic and activist strategies and will show, that there are ways of acting against an ever growing commercialization, gentrification and elimination of public spaces. Public Art must not be polite nor convenient. In the best case Squatting creates fantastic open spaces, supportive relationships, terrific artworks.

Within the seminar, we turn towards the infamous Matzleinsdorfer Platz in Vienna. How is this vibrant traffic junction defined? Can the place be occupied and filled with different meaning The site is changing rapidly, due to the fact that the subway is coming there. This also attracts commercial interests. But we will get involved, we gonna propose models, notions, plans, constructions, sketches, sculptures or poems for an prospective open site.

Another focus of the seminar is on history, working with history and histories. Reflecting historical matter, documents or topics in contemporary cultur. How to critically engage with history? How to evolve an Engagement with history, that is not hiding social conflicts or differences and is clearly in opposition to a practice where history is used as an instrument to produce (local) identities, to enrich objects with more value or to romantisize the past. 

One example for such a critically engaged practice is the so called "Geschichtsbaustelle"(~ History Construction Site), a method that I made up over the last 10 years, and is related to the History Workshop Movement in the 1960s to the 1980s. I am refering to the working methods of this so called "history from below", to city-walks, to history-festivals, to oral-history, to grey archives, etc. We may discuss and experiment with other practices of Squatting - whether they be playful, activist or artistic - as well.

matz ab!

 

Literatur:

- Luc Boltanski, Arnaud Esquerre: Bereicherung. Eine Kritik der Ware, Berlin 2018.

- Bini Adamczak: Beziehungsweise Revolution. 1917, 1968 und kommende, Berlin 2017.

- Donna Harraway: Unruhig bleiben. Die Verwandtschaft der Arten im Chtuluzän, Frankfurt am Main 2018.

- Heidrun Aigner, Sarah Kumnig (Hg.): Stadt für alle! Analysen und Aneignungen, Wien 2018.

- Alan Moore, Alan Smart (Hg.): Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces, Chicago 2016.

- Uwe Lewitzky: Kunst für alle? Kunst im öffentlichen Raum zwischen Partizipation, Intervention und Neuer Urbanität, Bielefeld 2005.

- Hubert C. Ehalt, Ursula Knittler-Lux, Helmut Konrad (Hg.): Geschichtswerkstatt, Stadtteilarbeit, Aktionsforschung. Perspektiven emanzipatorischer Bildungs- und Kulturarbeit, Wien 1984.

- Sven Lindqvist: Gräv där du står, 1978 (deutsche Version: Grabe, wo du stehst. Handbuch zur Erforschung der eigenen Geschichte, 1989). 

Examination Modalities

continuous assessment and contribution to the seminar!

Comments

- in the first lesson we gonna discuss the semester plan.

- Literature: Together we gonna read and discuss (parts of) the book:  Luc Boltanski, Arnaud Esquerre: Bereicherung. Eine Kritik der Ware, Berlin 2018.

Key Words

Commoning, Widerstand, Recht auf Stadt, Autonomie, Squatting, Matzplatz, Haufen, Verkehrsgarten, Sie schätzen Ordnung. Wir nicht!

Dates

23 October 2019, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
06 November 2019, 13:00–16:00 Meeting point: FIREWORK, Gudrunstraße 196b, 1100 Vienna ! / opposite the protestant-church , " in situ : walk + visiting the space for the exhibition"
20 November 2019, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
04 December 2019, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
08 January 2020, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
15 January 2020, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
22 January 2020, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
29 January 2020, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space

Course Enrolment

From 05 August 2019, 16:28 to 23 October 2019, 16:28
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Fine Arts (2. Section): Subject-specific Techniques

Individual courses: possible