Art Encounters

Jeanette Pacher
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2023S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 3.0 ECTS, 3.0 semester hours, course number S04355


Art Encounters – Places and Faces

What makes up the character of a city, what gives it its face? Architecture, institutions, infrastructure, topographical and geopolitical location. But also the people who live there, who have moved in or are staying temporarily - individuals and communities who shape urban life with their ideas, concerns and actions. The course focuses in particular on cultural Vienna.

In weekly field trips we get to know different places and protagonists - places where culture is conveyed, places where art is shown; places of collections, of the public, places where art is created. We wander through the city to discover all this and discuss what is currently shaping the city's cultural profile. We visit exhibitions, studios, project spaces and sharpen our perception of the many creative moments in public space, from art-in-building to square design, memorials and monuments to temporary interventions.

The course addresses first year students in particular.

Examination Modalities

Regular, active participation is compulsory. Participants should document and present one place, one person, one work of art in public space that they consider to be directly part of the city portrait.


Either in English or German, depending on the requirements of the group.

Key Words

environmental art, architecture related art, art in public space, cultural politics, Curator


09 March 2023, 10:30–11:30 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space , "Introduction to the course" (preliminary discussion)
15 March 2023, 12:00–14:00 Meet at VZA7, Aula , "1. Short introduction, at 1 pm Visit the exhibition "The real weird magic Picture Show" with curator Barbara Horvath, das weisse haus"
22 March 2023, 12:00–15:00 Arenbergpark, 3rd district, 4A bus stop Ziehrerplatz , "1. Lawrence Weiner copy "Smashed to Pieces" on the Flakturm, 2. 2pm Visit the current exhibitions at the Secession with the curators"
29 March 2023, 12:00–15:00 meet at Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Rennweg 110-116, 3rd district , "Meeting with artist Charlotte Gash in her exhibition Gash Station"
03 May 2023, 12:00–15:00 Secession (1.30pm) , "12 noon tba, 1.30 pm: Exhibition tour "Vivian Suter. A Stone in the Lake" with the artist"
10 May 2023, 12:00–15:00 U4 Heiligenstadt, Karl-Marx-Hof exit , "Visit Karl-Marx-Hof (presentation by Mia)"
17 May 2023, 12:00–15:00 Westbahnhof , "Michelle Schäfer / Presentation of the abandonded area behind Westbahnhof, "WestBahnPark""
24 May 2023, 12:00–15:00 Dr. Karl-Lueger-Platz, 1st district , "Cornelia Offergeld, curatorial director of KÖR Wien, gives an introduction to Public Art Vienna"
31 May 2023, 12:00–14:00 Gasometer / U3 metro station, outside , "Presentation by Rikki S. Winde"
07 June 2023, 12:00–14:00 12 noon metro station Wien Mitte / meet at main entrance , "12 noon: Signe presents Hofstetter Kurt's work at Wien Mitte; afterwards Hanna gives a tour round Zentralfriedhof (main cemetary)"
14 June 2023, 12:00–14:00 Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier , "see the exhibition "Laure Prouvost. Ohmmm age Oma je ohomma mama""
21 June 2023, 12:00–14:00 wird noch bekannt gegeben

Course Enrolment

From 23 January 2023, 00:00 to 19 March 2023, 00:00
The online registration was already closed

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Offers beyond the ZKF 605/201.02

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Artistic and Research Practice 605/201.80

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible