Art of Digital Reality

Christian Höller
Arts and Society, Art and Knowledge Transfer
2020W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03453

Description

The progress of digitization is becoming an ever more pervasive force, intruding in and radically reorganizing various social fields. New algorithmic regimes, omnipresent data collecting and exploiting as well as the increasing powers of machine intelligence have contributed to the creation of a new “network reality,” or more precisely: an interlocked assemblage of “networked realities” that human and digital subjects alike can hardly evade. The realms of cultural and artistic production do not remain untouched by these ongoing developments. Forgoing any quick diagnosis, one has to ask if there isn’t a profound subversion underway – concerning both the ways in which art is embedded in its surrounding social and political realities, as well as the way in which art itself is materially, informationally and epistemologically grounded.

The seminar tries to address the most salient aspects concerning this potential subversion. Center stage here are the ways in which today’s art production is immersed in, and is itself – actively and reflexively – operating within, this entangled web of digital realities. Guiding questions are: (1) How can art grasp and come to terms with the “disruptive” qualities of digitization happening on various levels? (2) In what ways are the new networked realities susceptible to critical or critical-artistic reflection? (3) How can artistic procedures contribute to a better “mastering” of digital realities, which tend to become ever more totalitarian (and dictatorial)? (4) Is it possible to generate an active and critical understanding of art as part of (and not so much a distant opposite of) these new realities? (5) Can art create its own – sustainable and globally friendly – realities pointing towards a “digital ecology”?

Examination Modalities

Presentation resp. written version

Comments

If we can meet in person, sessions will be held in bi-weekly double units, otherwise we'll have weekly Zoom meetings (90 minutes).

Dates

07 October 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
14 October 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
21 October 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
28 October 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
04 November 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
11 November 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
18 November 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
25 November 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
02 December 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
09 December 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
16 December 2020, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
13 January 2021, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
20 January 2021, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5
27 January 2021, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 5

Course Enrolment

From 02 August 2020, 00:00 to 01 October 2020, 00:00
via email: christian.hoeller@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject kkp (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject tex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject dae (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations

Stage Design (1. Section): Kunst- und Wissenstransfer

Stage Design (2. Section): Kunst- und Wissenstransfer

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Kunst- und Wissenstransfer

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Kunst- und Wissenstransfer

Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (Master): Electives Area 2

Design: Specialisation in Graphic Design (2. Section): Humanities

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Humanities

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.5 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, (davon min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, (min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (mind. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

Fine Arts (2. Section): Media Theory,Art&Knowledge Transfer,Th. of Architecture,Th. and Hist. of Design

Fine Arts (2. Section): Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Humanities

Individual courses: possible