Georgia Holz
Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2021S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03444


The course takes a look at the theme of "work" as a motif in contemporary art, and is at the same time an attempt to approach the current working conditions of artists and their entanglements with a neoliberal, globalized society. What conditions, forms, and strategies underlie the work and productivity of artists today, and how are these conditions reflected in artistic work? Through a combination of exemplary artistic positions, theoretical texts and short excursions, the course aims to initiate a discussion of contemporary problem areas and to embed them in the context of a historical development. By means of individual examples, the feedback of the debate about "labor" to artistic production since the 1970s will be taken up. Among other things, it will be traced how demands of the women's movement have found their way into the artistic field and what developments they have taken until today.

Examination Modalities

Regular attendance, active participation in discussions, reading of texts, short presentations. The course will be held mostly in German, but  presentations and discussions in English are possible.

Due to the Corona measurements and the attendance in the summer semester, the course is limited to 20 students. Participation by students from other Universities  is not possible.


The Covid 19 pandemic massively aggravates the already precarious working and living situation of artists, which requires all the more alternative models and the active participation of politics in an (economic) improvement of the conditions. Accordingly, the content of the course is accompanied by a practice-oriented part that introduces initiatives (Pay the Artist Now, W.A.G.E., etc.) and institutions (IG Bildende Kunst, etc.) that represent the interests of artists.


Key Words

Labour, Immaterielle Arbeit, Care Work, Reproduktionsarbeit, Produktionsästhetik, cultural politics


08 March 2021, 14:00–16:00
15 March 2021, 14:00–16:00
22 March 2021, 14:00–16:00
12 April 2021, 14:00–16:00
19 April 2021, 14:00–16:00
26 April 2021, 14:00–16:00
03 May 2021, 14:00–16:00
10 May 2021, 14:00–16:00
17 May 2021, 14:00–16:00
31 May 2021, 14:00–16:00
07 June 2021, 14:00–16:00
14 June 2021, 14:00–16:00

Course Enrolment

From 22 January 2021, 13:03 to 17 March 2021, 10:00
The online registration was already closed

co-registration: possible

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

Individual courses: possible