Der befreite Mensch

Gerold Brenner
Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2020S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03310


Der befreite Mensch – UN/TRAGBAR



1. Gerold Brenner - the person - individuality to self-marketing (what influence do social media have)

2. New social structure through the dissolution of the traditional order of men and women and of different cosmopolitan - cultural circumstances

3. 5 to 12 - our trodden world (new social structures due to changes in consumption in terms of sustainability for people and nature)

4. Reflection on the concept of fashion

5. New values ​​and social systems (conclusion that is worked out with the students)

6. The body (clothing) acts as a political / sociopolitical place. Many circumstances influence this place (cultural, climatic, ...).


Practical work / examination work:

The students should reinterpret wearable clothing. Journalists, critics, etc. often use the term "unwearable" about something unknown in fashion. This has always bothered me because everything I can have on my body is portable.

The form of presentation is intended to support the history of this work.

The term model stands for various forms of presentation. In the broadest sense, this can be a 1: 1 scale item of clothing, or it can also be reduced or enlarged. The medium itself is freely selectable and should also contribute to the tension in new reflections on this topic. Performance, video installations or other display formats should be considered in the presentation process.


Gerold Brenner, born in 1962 and originally from southern Germany, is a trained tailor and fashion designer and worked as a designer and creative director for fashion and service companies for many years before starting his own business around five years ago. His flamboyant pattern combinations and self-made - up-cycling denim creations are legendary. The men's skirt is one of his important concerns. Sustainability has been an important part of his work for 25 years. Gerold Brenner gives lectures on these topics and on trend developments and is always a guest at panel discussions. In January and June 2018 he was co-curator of an avant-garde selection of international designers for the Pitti Uomo in Florence. The 'Gerold Brenner' collection was presented in Amsterdam in July 2018 and in Florence in January 2019. Gerold Brenner lives in Zurich.

BLOCKSEMINAR: 4th - 8th May 2020 via zoom-meeting

Examination Modalities

Practical work / examination work

Something unwearable wearable




At the end of the week together, students have to submit a thesis. A 1 to 1 model is desired, in which the reflection of the course can be seen. Now I also know how long it takes to create a model. Especially if you do not have the appropriate and necessary manual skills. It is also important to keep an eye on this short time window that we have through the block event. There is also the problem of getting various materials at the moment. This requires creativity, imagination and improvisation skills. For these reasons, it may not be possible to implement an ingenious concept. It is therefore also possible to present rudimentary works, which may consist of partial models - which are shown in sketches and explanations, or on a smaller scale. This means that a possible series can also be created. The perfection of clothing is not important - which I would be with fashion students. The idea and the statement is crucial! Topics such as gender roles, multicultural influence and sustainability should be central points in your implementation.

On the one hand, the model should communicate with us, on the other hand, this can or should be explained and supported by a corresponding text.  To present the model: Live performances, picture series, drawings, etc. are possible to stage or explain what is shown.  It would have been a wish to have a happening in the exhibition space on Paulusplatz on Friday or Saturday evening and to have been looking for a way to show the work in a circle. Since this cannot take place depending on the situation, you are now challenged with the new possibilities to find a solution that is right for you. This can also be a new input for the work itself.  I also asked myself how it relates to location-based art. Our body (with clothing) acts as a political / social place. Many circumstances influence this place. Such as cultural or climatic aspects. Today we live in a multicultural society where, like when cooking, a "Fusion Kitchen" - a "Fusion Fashion" takes place. However, I think that the physical place where we live can be very formative. We are in a different mood in Vienna than in London, Mumbai, Tokyo or Marrakech, for example. Different in the country than in the city.  I look forward to the exchange with you and am very excited to see what I will see on Friday and above all how it will ultimately be presented.




Dear students 


I am really looking forward to our course, 'THE LIBERATED HUMAN - UN/WEARABLE' 

As you know, we will unfortunately have to hold the course online via zoom. Of course everything would be easier, nicer and more effective if we experienced this live. These special times require special action. We will achieve the most optimal for us.


First of all the dates on which we will meet

Monday 4th May 2020 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 


I will give lectures - go in discussions with you and deal with your thesis in one-on-one discussions. Of course, this can lead to shifts at the respective end times. I ask those of you who can no longer tell me on the respective dates. So that I can prefer them accordingly in the individual discussions. I will then inform you on the respective day before we go into the individual talks at which times I will meet with each of you on Zoom. 


I have planned the following processes, changes and variations are possible: 


Monday 04 May 2020 - 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m .: - Lecture on the topics: 1. Gerold Brenner from individuality to self-marketing 2. Gender & Fashion  - Declaration of the final thesis for Friday May 8th 2020 - Discussion on the lecture topics - First short one-on-one discussions with me


Wednesday 06 May 2020 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m .: - Lecture on: 3. Sustainability - Develop the conclusion from our course with you regarding a new system of values - and social systems related to gender orientation and sustainability - Conceptual presentation and development of your thesis in one-on-one discussions with me. Friday, May 8th, 2020 from 13:00 to 18:00: - Summary and reflection from Wednesday on the future of sustainability and gender orientation. - Presentation of your theses    I hope that we all get new insights and perspectives and have a lot of fun and joy together. 


Key Words

Mode fashion Nachhaltigkeit Sustainabilty Social Media Recycling Upcycling costomized queer queer fashion gender genderless gender fashion diversity censored censor LGBT LGBTQ, design


05 March 2020, 10:00–12:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space (preliminary discussion)
04 May 2020, 13:00–19:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
06 May 2020, 10:00–18:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
08 May 2020, 13:00–18:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic Practice in Technical Context: Free Electives out of Artistic Practice in Technical Context

Individual courses: possible