Signs of Struggle, Songs of Sorrow*An Atlas of Hope

Adnan Balcinovic
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021W, Projektarbeit (PA), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03989


In this course we will approach the very difficult task of drawing the world. We will collect material about our own movement in the world and analyze existing artistic approaches to making world maps. We may get trapped in abstraction and the many worlds behind each representation. We will find conflicts in the narration of our own history. We will appropriate the imagery of the past, chart the present and find our paths through these entanglements, create an Atlas of Hope.

During the winter term, in addition to a series of lectures and workshops with artists who will show us different practical approaches to drawing the world, we will focus on collecting and discussing the material we will work with. A more detailed schedule will be announced in the first session. At the end of the semester, each student will be required to present the material and artistic strategy they will use to work with their chosen material.

At the beginning of the summer semester, we will agree on a common format for the Atlas of Hope and focus on its production. More information will follow.

The following radio show by Nabihah Iqbal was a great inspiration for this course.
*The title of the course refers to the following article by Stoffel Debuysere.

Reading and visual material is already available in the library's Handapparat. It is constantly updated.


Examination Modalities

  • Contribution to the discussion through continuous presentation of the work in progress!
  • No absence without prior excuse!
  • Presentation of the final results!
  • Examinations for the course "Signs of Struggle, Songs of Sorrow* – An Atlas of Hope" for CDS students will be held as part of the finals of the CDCLab. Topic, problem definition and approach will be developed within the course "Signs of Struggle, Songs of Sorrow* – An Atlas of Hope" and must be independently visible in the presentation.

Key Words

Existing Material, Collage, Bricolage, Counter-Cartography, World Models, World Map, Game, Memory, Counter-Memory, Time (History, Present, Future)


12 October 2021, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio
19 October 2021, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio
09 November 2021, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio
23 November 2021, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio
07 December 2021, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio
14 January 2022, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio
25 January 2022, 14:00–17:00 CDS Studio

Course Enrolment

Until 31 October 2021, 20:50
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 1: Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Künstlerische Strategien und Zugänge zu Kunst: Deepening and Application

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible