Topics in Artistic Strategies

Aurianne Chevandier
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04554


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Collecting and archiving, a practical exercise of research’s embodiment in social sciences and art.

Adressing archive as a process and form rather than a concept, this course consists of a two-day workshop intertwining theoretical inputs and practical exercises to introduce the idea of archival gesture in art practices (collecting and sorting elements, constructing a space for their consultation). It will take place in the area of Westbahnhof, a transit space in the middle of the urban.

Stemming from a questioning of the relationship between precise case studies and generalisation in social sciences, and guided by works in history and anthropology that stress on the physical implication of research, the course has in its core the study of bodies and gestures of research.

Collection and archive are a practical entry-point to the topic and are considered as knots of physical and sensitive connection to the objects studied. Participants will engage in collection and construction from an artistic perspective in order to bring a concise and immediate archive out of (what seems to be at first) very few.


The workshop takes place partly in the Westbahnhof area, and in the CDS studio



Monday 28 November: Westbahnhof area

13:00 - 18:00: theoretical introduction to archive, collect and embodied research // first walk and collect around the area.


Friday 2 December: Westbahnhof area, CDS Studio

9:00 - 13:00: methodological input on sorting and arranging collected element // second walk and collect

14:00 - 17:15: arranging and presenting of final outputs.

Examination Modalities

- Required reading (sent via e-mail before the seminar)

- Active participation in the discussions and exercises

- The final output should show a critical implementing of the concepts and methods introduced in the course.


The class is designed for a maximum of 15 participants, students from other departments or universities are welcome, given the capacity permits.

This is a block-lecture that will take place over one afternoon (28.11.2022) and one full day (02.12.2022). If you cannot attend both parts please do not register.

Key Words

Archive, Collect, Epistemology, Contemporary Art, Gestures, Westbahnhof


28 November 2022, 13:00–18:00 Löhrgasse 9, 1150 Wien
02 December 2022, 09:00–13:00 CDS Studio
02 December 2022, 14:00–17:15 CDS Studio

Course Enrolment

From 15 September 2022, 12:00 to 04 November 2022, 12:00
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 1: Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art 569/020.01

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6 569/080.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Künstlerische Strategien und Zugänge zu Kunst: Deepening and Application 700/001.20

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible