Innovative Methoden wissenschaftlich-k√ľnstlerischer Forschung II

Johannes Grenzfurthner
Fine Arts and Media Art, Transmedia Art
2020S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02731


Technologies, be they power drills or talking robots, are tools. And tools are objects. We have to remind ourselves that a specific use is never inherent to an object. It’s actually a pretty hard task to find out what technology is and what it should do if you don’t have a clue about the context. Take a prehistoric artifact and tell me, without the benefit of a doubt, what its use was. Usually, the use is connected with the object through definition (»instructions for use«). But Science and Technology Studies (especially Langdon Winner and Bruno Latour) have convincingly demonstrated that the widespread inability to understand technological artifacts as fabricated entities, as social and cultural phenomena, derives from the fact that in retrospect only those technologies that prove functional for a culture and can be integrated into everyday life are left over. However, the perception of what is functional, successful and useful is itself the product of social and cultural, and last but not least political and economic processes.

Don't we know similar debates from art theory? Well... yes!

In my summer class, I want to delve into the interesting relationship between technology and art.
I will start with examples from my own body of work as an artist and researcher, but will also present various other positions in the field.

Examination Modalities

In a Zoom call at the end of the semster.


March 6 (16:00-18:00) - [in person]
March 13 (16:00-19:00 - [I sent out a prerecorded video]
April 20 (13:00-18:00) - [my personal Zoom channel]
May 9 (12:00-18:00) - [my personal Zoom channel]
May 10 (12:00-18:00) - [my personal Zoom channel]

Course Enrolment

Until 13 March 2020, 12:35
via email:

co-registration: possible

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

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Innovative Methoden k√ľnstlerischer Forschung I - II

Individual courses: possible