To be Opaque & Glitch

Stephanie Misa
Arts and Society, Artistic Strategies
2022S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04210


In response to the Artistsic Strategies theme On Ethics of Representation and Strategies of Public Visibility, this course examines how refusal, resistance and “a right to opacity” can be effective methods of negotiating ways of being seen. In Glissant, opacity overcomes the risk of reduction and assimilation by being beyond comprehension, in Derrida the word spectre alludes to a “figure of radical alterity”,  in Isabel Stengers the stutter produces “active divergence” as a mode of critique; and in Legacy Russell's Glitch Feminism, the glitch simply refuses. This course surveys various techniques of dissonance as an active NO and introduces thinkers & theorists of different backgrounds. 

The course looks at various case studies found within the arts, and invites guest artists, performers, writers and curators who address methods of (non)visibility in their work. Other events will further supplement the content of the course, such as the "Whiteness as Property"  Artistic Research Conference on March 25-26, 2022 at Künstlerhaus Vienna. 


02 March 2022, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room 5 , "Introduction"
16 March 2022, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room 5 , "On Refusal with Betül Seyma Küpeli & Guest"
25 March 2022, 11:00–18:00 Künstlerhaus Vienna (Compulsory) , "Whiteness as Property Artistic Research Conference Day 1"
26 March 2022, 14:00–18:00 Künstlerhaus Vienna (Not Compulsory) , "Whiteness as Property Artistic Research Conference Day 2"
30 March 2022, 13:00–17:00 , "On Spectre with Vincent Rougmanac"
27 April 2022, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room 5 , "On Anonymity and Invisibility with Mai Ling (and special guest)"
11 May 2022, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room 5 , "On Invisible Research with Lauren O'Neal"
25 May 2022, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room 5

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

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

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