100 Boots: Art and the Capitalist Economy of Desire

Jenni Tischer
Arts and Society, Art and Knowledge Transfer
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04396

Description

The title of the seminar - 100 Boots -  is borrowed from the eponymous Mail Art piece by American artist Eleanor Antin (1979). Antins work challenges and questions the definition of an artwork as a commodity in the economy of the art market. The Mail Art piece depicts a fictious journey of 100 black rubber boots through the American landscape: searching for a job, being on the job, travelling, crossing streets, shopping and waiting in lines. These are some of the activities evoked by the arrangements of the boots. Proceeding from Antin`s work and it`s foundation in Institutional critique and Feminist accounts of the 1970s confronting the art’s status as a commodity and consequently its entanglement with the capitalist economy of desire, we will explore contemporary artistic practices that reflect and undermine these dynamics.

Examination Modalities

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

Assessment criteria:
- preparation of the assigned readings, readiness to engage in discussion in class
- written seminar paper (English or German)

Comments

Readings will be provided on base at the beginning of semester. 

Key Words

contemporary art, mail art, capitalism, marxism, commodity, desire, intersectional feminism, reification, autonomy, gaze

Dates

11 October 2022, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Introduction"
18 October 2022, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Art as Commodity I"
25 October 2022, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Art as Commodity II"
08 November 2022, 10:00–11:30 , "Excursion"
22 November 2022, 10:00–11:30 , "Exhibition Visit"
29 November 2022, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Art as Property I"
13 December 2022, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Art as Property II"
20 December 2022, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Art and Desire: Screening"
10 January 2023, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Gaze"
17 January 2023, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Reification"
31 January 2023, 10:00–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149

Course Enrolment

From 25 July 2022, 18:03
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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