Artistic Strategies: Methods & Practice

Bouchra Khalili
Arts and Society, Artistic Strategies
2023W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03947


In the last three years, this course has engaged with various formats: publication, lectures, exhibitions making. 

The focus of this year - Winter and Summer Semester - is on working with and through performance in relation to questions of self-representation, agency, and public visibility, at the intersection of the individual and the collective. 

Artistic strategies in relation to performance will be approached in the broad sense, including:  lecture-performance, discursive platforms, video and sound work, photography. The goal is to deepening knowledge and experimenting with the various strategies that can be developed and implemented. 

As a part studio/part theory-based course, teaching includes reading assignments, presentations by students, screenings, and other forms of engagement. Conversations with guest artists will support students with shaping specific artistic strategies for their projects and to invite them to critically reflect on their own projects.

At the beginning of the Winter Semester, students propose projects responding to the core them.

At the end of the Winter semester, students will present finalized project proposals and working plans developed throughout the Semester.

The Summer Semester will be devoted to the production of their projects and their presentation to the public. 

At the ending of the Summer Semester, the course will go public with a public event presenting the projects of the group members. 

Collective production within the group is encouraged.

Course Goals:

  • to introduce and support students with the production of artistic strategies
  • to develop knowledge on artistic practices at the intersection with social dynamics
  • to foster critical thinking, self-critical thinking, and communication skills

  • to introduce and develop collective practices





Examination Modalities

30% Attendance

40% Engagement in discussion & collaboration

30% Presentations and fulfilment over the semester



The number of participants is limited to 15 students.


09 October 2023, 11:00–14:30 Seminar Room 33
23 October 2023, 11:00–14:30 Seminar Room 33
06 November 2023, 11:00–14:30 Seminar Room 33
20 November 2023, 11:00–14:30 Seminar Room 34
04 December 2023, 11:00–14:30 Seminar Room 33
15 January 2024, 11:00–14:30 Conference Room 17
29 January 2024, 11:00–14:30 Seminar Room 33

Course Enrolment

From 11 August 2023, 23:50 to 31 October 2023, 23:59
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art: Deepening and Application 700/001.20

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 1: Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art 569/020.01

Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments (Master): Applying Artistic Strategies / Radical Interventions: Artistic & Design Strategies I-II 565/002.01

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible