“Mach dich hübsch” The Book as Artwork: On how to read an Artistic Practice

Jenni Tischer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2019W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03124


Artists‘ Books often question the medium of the book in regards to linearity, structure, and the author/reader relationship. One such Artist Book is Mach dich hübsch by Isa Genzken. In using referential material like black and white copies, clippings from advertisements next to sketches and illustrations, postcards of historical paintings and handwritten notes, Genzken provides insight into her visual language.

In this two semester class, we will be discussing the poetics of art books: their metaphor, their conceptual space, and their narrative and non-narrative sequencing. We will especially focus on feminist and queer artistic strategies unfolding in the books. The class will culminate with the production of our own artists‘ book.

On Friday October 4th at 5pm: At the Art Book Fair Vienna we will meet with the publisher from Three Star Books from Paris: http://threestarbooks.com

Please note: This course is part of  Artistic Strategies and therefor for CDS-students only!

Students from other faculties or universities will be given a place on the course subject to room capacities.


  • Close Reading
  • Research in the Collection of Artists‘ Books from the Angewandte Library
  • Visiting Artists Studios and Bookstores / Publisher Houses
  • Invite Publishers / Artists 
  • practical work 


Please note: Reference books are placed in the library: Handapparat Nummer 9 


04 October 2019, 17:00–19:00 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
31 October 2019, 12:45–16:15 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
14 November 2019, 12:45–16:15 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
28 November 2019, 12:45–16:15 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
05 December 2019, 12:45–16:15 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
12 December 2019, 12:45–16:45 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
09 January 2020, 12:45–16:15 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room
30 January 2020, 12:15–16:45 Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Lecture Room

Course Enrolment

Via online registration
via email: jenni.tischer@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Foundation

Individual courses: possible