Artscience practises

Brishty Alam
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Art & Science
2023S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S01497


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Apprenticeship to glaciology
What can we unlearn and learn from being with a glacier? We will consider the glacier in the theoretical framework of multispecies studies and feminist anthropology, as an ‘entity’ that has ‘distinctive ways of life, histories, and patterns of becoming and entanglement’ (van Dooren et al. 2016), but also as a ‘disturbance-based’ ecological site where various ‘world-making projects’, ‘lifeways and nonliving ways of being’, overlap (Tsing 2015).

The objective is to conduct ethnographic field research guided by myself (artist) and Lindsey Nicholson (glaciologist) to learn from the glacier in August 2023. This seminar aims to prepare all participants for the field trip. We will discuss the difficulties of knowing the glacier and interacting with it in a non-exploitive way, but nevertheless searching for being affected, recalibrating thought patterns and habitual reactions to achieve unconventional data collection.


Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015)
van Dooren, Thom van, Eben Kirksey, and Ursula Münster, ‘Multispecies Studies: Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness’, Environmental Humanities, 8.1 (2016), 1–23 <>

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Examination Modalities

80% attendance and active participation


16 March 2023, 09:30–17:00
17 March 2023, 09:30–17:00

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Art & Science (Master): Methods and Practices of Transdisciplinary Research: Praxis and Theory 776/002.16

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible