Urban Drifting. Discovering art, public space, and other things

Jeanette Pacher
Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2021S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 3.0 ECTS, 3.0 semester hours, course number S03447


dérive: engl. to drift

In the 1960s, by letting themselves drift around cities artists of the Situationist International group explored their urban surroundings. They named this method that is based on the principle of chance the dérive and recorded how built-up environments affected them with mappings from memory, which provided a basis for psychogeography.

Referring to these methods of artistic research while drifting on walks across the city, we will leave behind familiar routes in order to open up to a diversity of environments, to discover new places and rediscover the familiar in a new light, as well as to let ourselves be surprised. Recordings/Drawings of the impressions gained on these walks should subsequently configure a kind of subjective cartography of urban space.

Field trips to exhibitions, studios, project spaces, art in public space among other things will offer insights to and an overview of the diversity of places and organisational forms where art is presented, made, dealt with and debated. They will present a concrete cartography of the densely woven network of art sites in Vienna.

The course is especially also for fresh students at the Site-specific Art department.

Examination Modalities

Show up regularly and participate actively in the course.

Participants are required to practice the dérive method, making drawings or recordings. The format can range from cartographic drawings, soundscapes, video, collections of found objects to texts and interventions.




Kick-off: Thursday, March 4, 10 a.m. at Paulusplatz (Seminarraum): presentation of the course

Restricted number of participants.

When:    Friday afternoon, 2–4.30 pm

Where:   at different locations every week.
                 Each meeting point will be announced in advance in the Base and via email.

As needed, the course will be held in German and/or English.

Face to face and distance teaching:
If, due to Corona restrictions, face to face teaching is not possible, I will provide material online (on artists, institutions, art in public space, as well as reading recommendations).


Key Words

Kunst am Bau, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Interventionistische Kunst, Sammlung, Archiv, dérive, Kunstorte, Curator


05 March 2021, 14:00–16:30 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
12 March 2021, 14:00–16:30
19 March 2021, 14:00–16:30
26 March 2021, 13:00–15:30 Secession, Friedrichstr. 12, 1010 Wien (Karlsplatz) , "Yuji Agematsu: Visit his show and meet the artist. www.secession.at/exhibition/yuji-agematsu/ PLS NOTE: We'll meet at 1 p.m.!!"
16 April 2021, 14:00–16:30
23 April 2021, 14:00–16:30
30 April 2021, 14:00–16:30
07 May 2021, 14:00–16:30
14 May 2021, 14:00–16:30
21 May 2021, 14:00–16:30
28 May 2021, 14:00–16:30
04 June 2021, 14:00–16:30
11 June 2021, 14:00–16:30
18 June 2021, 14:00–16:30
25 June 2021, 14:00–16:30

Course Enrolment

via email: jeanette.pacher@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Offers beyond the ZKF

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

Individual courses: possible