Perspectives of artistic empowerment

Wolfgang Fiel
Center Research Focus, Center Research Focus
2023S, Projektarbeit (PA), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04232


The word empowerment evokes many associations. The most distinguishing semantic characteristic is the term “active”. The notions of “activist” or “socially engaged” art refer to artistic practices that are integrated with, or responsive to, forms of political protest and resistance. This typically entails some connection to a social or political movement, community, or group that is seeking to contest hegemonic forms of domination, often associated with differences of class, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. The form taken by activist art can range from relatively abbreviated performative gestures to extended engagements with institutional power structures, to modes of symbolic or discursive production circulating in the public sphere. In each case, however, we can observe a reciprocal relationship between artistic production and mechanisms of social and political transformation oriented toward human emancipation.

In this seminar cycle, we are talking about how these kinds of practices are being formed and further developed over time by looking at some concrete examples and practitioners as well as by talking about the individual artistic experiences of the participants.


08 March 2023, 16:00–17:00 Zentrum Fokus Forschung (preliminary discussion)
17 April 2023, 14:00–16:00
26 April 2023, 15:30–17:30
10 May 2023, 15:30–17:30
17 May 2023, 15:30–17:30

Course Enrolment

From 02 January 2023, 12:00 to 31 March 2023, 12:00
Via online registration

Design: Specialisation in Graphic Design (2. Section): Theoretical Basics: Designmanagement 576/203.09

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Methodological and Theoretical Basics: Designmanagement 577/203.11

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (2. Section): Fashion Communication and Fashion Business: In-depth Free Electives 584/207.80

Fine Arts (2. Section): Economic and Organizational Practice: Self-management and Project Management 605/204.01

Fine Arts (2. Section): Economic and Organizational Practice: Free Electives out of Economic and Organizational Practice 605/204.80

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