Introduction to Artistic Strategies

Antoine Turillon
Arts and Society, Artistic Strategies
2021S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03754


“Art has no parameters ... Artists do, they continually re-define them” - Raivoo Puusemp in Beyond Art -- Dissolution of Rosendale, N.Y.


The 1st semester focused on artistic strategies in time-based media, examining how artists working with film, video, and video installation question issues of representation of underrepresented history and heritage.

On the 2nd semester, students are invited to investigate the interactions between artistic strategies, public space, and community building. 

Putting in context the quote by Raivoo Puuseemp, the course will use the exhibition project Culture in Action as a case study to investigate how 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.

Culture in action was a landmark exhibition project by Mary Jane Jacob realized in 1993 in Chicago. Rather than an exhibition in the classic sense, the project set out to provide culture “in otherwise undeserved communities by generating culture from within the communities themselves”. 

The program of Culture in Action consisted of eight separate projects with different communities such as AIDS patients, high school students, or members of the Baker, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers' Union. Each project required of the artists and persons involved to generate their own interdisciplinary and transversal working methods as well as strategies. 

The sessions of the course will move between lecture, research, presentations, and discussions, to examine, identify and question the various artistic strategies suggested by the exhibition, aiming at fostering innovative forms of empowerement and agency of marginalized and underrepresented social groups. 

Examination Modalities

20% Attendance

40% Engagement in discussion & collaboration

30% Presentations and fulfilment over the semester


The number of participants is limited to 25 students.

The course will start online but might to switch to on-site mode if possible.



08 March 2021, 17:00–19:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
22 March 2021, 17:00–19:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
12 April 2021, 17:00–19:00
26 April 2021, 17:00–19:00
10 May 2021, 17:00–19:00
31 May 2021, 10:00–14:00
07 June 2021, 10:00–14:00
14 June 2021, 10:00–14:00

Course Enrolment

From 17 February 2021, 08:22 to 31 March 2021, 15:30
Via online registration

Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments (Master): Applying Artistic Strategies / Radical Interventions: Artistic & Design Strategies I-II

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