Backyard Economy

Jenni Tischer
Arts and Society, Art and Knowledge Transfer
2022S, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03919

Description

economy (n.) 
οἰκονόμος (i.e. "household management")
οἶκος ("house; household; home")
νέμω ("manage; distribute; to deal out; dispense")
οἰκονομία ("household management")

The title of this seminar - Backyard Economy - is borrowed from a video series by Martha Rosler (1974). Roslers work refers to the intrinsically economic determination of social reproduction. Associated with women*, children, pets, plants, care and regeneration, this domain is however usually regarded as ‘private’ and therefore unjoined from the political economy. Proceeding from Rosler's work and its foundations in Feminist accounts of the 1970s that challenged this dichotomic conception, our course will explore contemporary artistic engagements with allegedly ‘subordinate’ aspects or ‘marginal’ actors of the economies of global capitalism. Accompanied by discussions of selected texts we will analyze art works that not only address economic inequalities and exclusion thematically, but also critically examine the aesthetic and material conditions of their own practices within the institution of art. Beyond a comprehension of notions such as (social) reproduction, (private) property and value as well as a discussion of their intersections with class, gender, race, (neo)colonial imprints and environmentalist perspectives, we will thus specifically be concerned with questions of representation as well as with art’s continued intricate relationship with political activism.

 

Examination Modalities

Course requirements:
- attendance (you may miss no more than one class unexcused)
- active participation
- on-time submissions 

Assessment criteria (Artistic + academic practice):
- preparation of the assigned readings, readiness to engage in discussion in class
- development and presentation of your own artistic work (situated in the contexts of the seminar)
- written seminar paper (English or German, 25.000-30.000 characters incl. footnotes; excl. appendix)

Comments

Kindly note that the seminar is co-taught by Jenni Tischer and Stefanie Kitzberger. In terms of practicability please register for both courses entitled ‘Backyard Economy’. You can get grades either for an academic practice (Stefanie Kitzberger) or for a practice that combines academic and artistic approaches (Jenni Tischer). Classes will be held in English, however, you can hand in your papers both in English or German.

In the framework of the seminar students may participate in the conceptualization of the eponymous exhibition, which will open at the Sala Terrena of the university gallery in autumn 2022.

 

In the framework of the seminar students may participate in the conceptualization of the eponymous exhibition, which will open at the Sala Terrena of the university gallery in autumn 2022.

Dates

08 March 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23 (preliminary discussion)
22 March 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
25 March 2022, 17:00–21:00, "Movie Night"
29 March 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
05 April 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
10 May 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
17 May 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
24 May 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23
07 June 2022, 09:00–12:00 Seminar Room 23

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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