Introduction to Artistic Strategies

Bouchra Khalili
Arts and Society, Artistic Strategies
2020W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03645


Artistic Strategies involve a wide range of practices, media, and fields of knowledge that combine in the making of many contemporary art works.

The purpose of this course is not to reach a comprehensive and final definition of Artistic Strategies, but rather to understand that Artistic Strategies are essentially and specifically shaped by artists as a response to and as an acknowledgment of the complex contexts in which artworks are produced and with which they aim to engage.

Rather than a programmatic conception of art and its making, the course will investigate the complex dynamics at stake in the production of artistic strategies: artistic eco-system, historical, cultural, social and political contexts.

Such investigation involving an interdisciplinary and transversal approach will help us to better understand that it is finally the art projects that generate their own working methods and strategies.

The course will be articulated through examination of case studies selected for their strong commitment to questions of contexts, communities, as well as their interdisciplinary approaches.

Examination Modalities

  • Active engagement in group discussion & cooperation.
  • presentations and fulfilment of tasks given over the semester
  • Less than 75% attendance means one grade less
  • No absence without prior excuse


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

Due to covid 19, course may happen on Zoom


19 October 2020, 09:15–12:45 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Link and Password to the Zoom session will be emailed beforehand"
03 November 2020, 13:45–18:00
16 November 2020, 09:15–12:45
30 November 2020, 09:15–13:45
14 December 2020, 09:15–12:45
11 January 2021, 09:15–12:45
25 January 2021, 09:15–12:45

Course Enrolment

From 26 September 2020, 02:43 to 31 October 2020, 23:59
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Artistic Strategies: Foundation

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Artistic Strategies: Deepening and Application

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible