Better together? Exhibition making strategies between the Ego and the Collective

Hana Ostan Ozbolt
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Photography
2023S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04633


The ability for people to come together, freely express their views and opinions, share ideas, problem-solve, collaborate and create is not solely an essential feature of an exhibition-making process but of a healthy democracy itself. In this seminar, we will collectively work towards our final exhibition part of the Angewandte Festival, focusing on the following:

  • development of individual artistic works (artistic research + group feedback + regular individual one-on-one meetings with the lecturer). Our seminar is a safe environment for each artist to present their work and receive feedback.
  • collective curatorial process (exhibition-making strategies)

Participants will establish the basis of the seminar's thought structure – foregrounding their role, the seminar will adapt to their interests and artistic visions. Still, an initial obligatory reading list will be given, merging concepts from the fields of art, philosophy, ecology, and politics to facilitate an environment where a multiplicity of perspectives and discourses can thrive. Texts will be read beforehand and jointly discussed, bringing us together and supporting our navigation through the collaborative curatorial process, resulting in the final exhibition.

Together, we will delve into various stages of an exhibition-making process: its idea and conceptualisation, design, production, verbalisation and writing (including written presentation of each artistic project/work, part of the whole), communication with various audience types, outreach, documentation and critical reflection. We will agree on the division of our roles and labour.

Examination Modalities

At the core of this seminar is developing a collective, which will grow and benefit from each participant's experience and knowledge. Therefore your attendance and active participation are required.

Besides plenary group meetings, there will be individual one-on-one meetings with the lecturer to discuss your artistic projects and their progress thoroughly. Each student is required to have one individual meeting on a regular basis/as needed; meetings will be organised in agreement with each student.


Required readings will be made available via the cloud. The seminar will be held bilingual (German and English). Still, the primary working language will be English.

Key Words

Collective, exhibition-making, artistic vision, curatorial vision, participation, curating, community


16 March 2023, 13:00–14:30
23 March 2023, 13:00–14:30
30 March 2023, 13:00–14:30
06 April 2023, 13:00–14:30, "NO Seminar. Individual, 1:1 meetings with 10 students the whole day. "
13 April 2023, 13:00–14:30, "We do have Seminar (not to get detached from each other totally; yes, it is still Easter Holidays)."
20 April 2023, 13:00–14:30
27 April 2023, 13:00–14:30, "On Exhibition design: a round table / Q&A with Nadim Vardag, Julia Hohenwarter and David Fesl."
28 April 2023, 16:00–29 April 2023, 09:30, "Individual, 1:1 meetings with students, we start 9.30 "
02 May 2023, 11:00–13:30, "Date change from May 4 due to students trip to Greece"
14 May 2023, 17:00–18:30, "Date changed from May 11 - Seminar in the Park "
18 May 2023, 13:00–14:30
25 May 2023, 13:00–14:30
01 June 2023, 13:00–14:30
08 June 2023, 13:00–14:30
15 June 2023, 13:00–14:30
22 June 2023, 13:00–14:30
29 June 2023, 13:00–14:30

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