Art & Science Practises

Valerie Deifel
Fine Arts and Media Art, Art & Science
2022W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04457


In the winter semester 2022/23 this ‘Artscience practises’ seminar will be joint with Brishty Alam's course of the same name: 
We have taken into account the feedback/changes from the department and decided to merge our courses as we did in the past. Combining our efforts and teaching hours will hopefully allow students to have enough time to get into the topics, do the field trips and develop the assemblages as well as provide variety in the offer.
Please register to both courses in Base. In total it will be 2 SH (1h 30m /wk) and 4 ECTS.
Muddy waters
‘Muddy waters’ refers to water in crisis due to scarcity, pollution, uneven geographic and social distribution and the looming hydrological disasters of climate change. The pristine abstracted essential nature of water, is now challenged by the ecological, cultural, and political dimensions of water (Linton 2010). In the seminar we want to investigate the Danube and urban waterways, trying to identify ‘assemblages’ of multispecies ‘world-making projects’ in ‘disturbance based ecologies’ (Tsing 2015). Tracing these dynamics in our local surrounding should help us to ‘reimagining water’ and what it means to be part of an ‘embodied hydrocommons’ (Neimanis 2019). We will go on walks, gather materials and observations and reassemble them together.

Linton, Jamie. 2010. What Is Water? The History of a Modern Abstraction, Nature, History, Society (Vancouver: UBC Press)
Neimanis, Astrida. 2019. Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (London: Bloomsbury Academic)
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

First meeting:

5th October, 10:00–14:30, Excursion to Nationalpark Donauauen Lobau (guided tour with Dr. Gabriele Hrauda)

Otherwise weekly on Wednesdays 10:00–11:30 at Art & Science dept (tbc)

Examination Modalities

80% attendance and active participation


05 October 2022, 10:00–14:30, "Excursion to Nationalpark Donauauen Lobau" (guest lecture: Gabriele Hrauda)
12 October 2022, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room Art & Science , "Intro session"

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Art & Science (Master): Methods and Practices of Transdisciplinary Research: Praxis and Theory

Individual courses: possible