Praxen - Performance and Urban Matters

Daniel Aschwanden
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art and Communication Practices
2019W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03136


Performance and urban matters                                            Daniel Aschwanden

Performing the city    

 The course is part of the APL (Angewandte Performance Laboratory)

Performing under the conditions of a performative society depending on consumption and media. The blocked intensive workshop deals with artistic strategies in theory and practice. Personal approaches of artistic –performative practice will be integrated and developed and put in relation to collective approaches.

The seminar will be structured into two blocked intensive phases:


Focal phase 1: performing ZOMIA, Performance Art Festival


Focal phase 2: Body – intensive


1 ZOMIA - art_life_resilience_

The festival “Performing Zomia” is a temporary artistic platform focusing on diversity providing models of artistic and social activities and organisation beyond „nation" and related nationalistic vocabularies. It ´s orientation is influenced by the thoughtscape of „Zomia", a word coined by historian Willem van Schendel and further elaborated by anthropologist James Scott, speaking about the hilly regions in Asia as a „ resort of counter-history of the evolution of human civilization", a place, „where state power has made itself felt only weakly, if at all" .

We relate to the verb to zomia (Mai Na M. Lee) to point towards practices as exploration of methods and active approaches to reach out towards a „Zomia of the mind". This utopia serves as program: to develop and apply queer and decolonizing thought and strategies in performative artistic assemblages operating beyond the analog and digital mapping tools of the (nation) state and relate them to the realms of the social. These narratives do not neglect urban contemporaneity and it´s technologies, much rather try to bring them back to human scale and formulate alternatives to a predominant philosophy of neoliberalism and the nation state.

Contemporary Performance and it´s manifold and transdisciplinary strategies are treated as a complex of questions triggering further questions much more than just answers. We see ZOMIA art as an expression of decentralization. As curators we propose an Asian-European exchange and invite artists not assigned to nations but free of those connotations. We propose the concept to rather use ecosystems as rivers as a matrix to select the artists for the first edition: finding them along the regions of two significant rivers: Mekong and Danube.

How do artists develop a resilience on a daily basis towards authorities, lobbies, capital, art-market, corrupt social classes?


Seminar-participants will join for the Zomia performance art festival

After an introduction by Aschwanden / Duan they will be able to choose for a micro workshop and an encounter with one of the asian performaers on the program.

Furthermore visits of performances, lectures, and artist talks , discussions are part oft he seminar.



Workshop ZOMIA 05.11.- 10.11. (evtl.12.11.)


       first meeting NEW  30. 10. 2019  18h VZO7 CAFETERIA

          5. Nov. approx  4 hours  to be defined

 4 hours  to be defined

 4 hours  to be defined

          8.Nov. Performanceprogram starting around 17h

          9.Nov.  Performanceprogramm starting around 17h

10.11.                         19-22h           open Kitchen –dinner with Performers

11.11.             Excursion artist senter  Budapest ( participation voluntary)

12.11.              Return to Vienna,   Roundtable



Körperintensive:   29.11. – 01.12


29.11.             18 - 22 h   Seminar room 09 OKP

30.11.             11 – 18 h  Seminar room 24 VZO7

01.12.             11 – 18 h Seminar room 24 VZO7


Examination Modalities

presence and participation  in the seminar

creation of a performance solo or in group

written reflection

Key Words

art in public space, performance

Course Enrolment

From 19 August 2019, 11:57 to 05 November 2019, 11:57
Via online registration
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Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (kkp)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (1. Section): Künstlerische Projektarbeit, Kunst und kommunikative Praxis

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Künstlerische Projektarbeit, Kunst und kommunikative Praxis (1.5 ECTS)

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible