Art and Class Relations. Specters, Motifs, Subjects

Stefanie Kitzberger
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art History
2023W, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04733

Description

„Instead of artists being proletarianized, Hardt and his co-thinkers in effect hold that the entire proletariat has been aestheticized.”
(Ben Davis, 95. Thesis on Art and Class, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013, p. 11)

How does contemporary art engage with aspects of class, class relations, class struggle and their multifaceted intersections with other categories of social and cultural analysis such as race, gender, ability (…)? If art continues to express the worldview of the dominant class(es) qua commodification, how can artists, through their artworks, engage in a radical critique of capitalism?
In joint discussions of selected readings, artworks and exhibitions we aim to address these and other questions in order to unravel various means and strategies employed by artists to comment on, challenge and transform structures, notions and images of exploitation and marginalization. Our explorations will furthermore extend to examining the dynamics that unfold between forms of representation, the engagement with the conditions of (aesthetic) production and the effects of institutionalization.

Examination Modalities

- regular attendance (absence of 2 sessions max.)
- active participation, including preparations of all readings and engagement in discussions (grading: 50%)
- a written paper (en/de) or artistic research on a topic chosen from the seminar (grading: 50 %)

Comments

The seminar will be co-taught with Jenni Tischer. For attending it is necessary to sign up for both base entries.

Key Words

Class Relations, Class Struggle, Intersectional Analysis, Marxist Theory, Social Reproduction, Capitalism, Socially Engaged Art, Postconceptual Art, Institutional Critique, Art History, Art Theory

Dates

05 October 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 25 (preliminary discussion)
12 October 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
19 October 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
09 November 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
16 November 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
23 November 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
30 November 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
07 December 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
14 December 2023, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
14 December 2023, 18:00–20:00 Lecture Room 1 , "Film Screening"
11 January 2024, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7
18 January 2024, 10:00–11:30 Secession
25 January 2024, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 7

Course Enrolment

From 01 July 2023, 00:00 to 05 October 2023, 00:00
Via online registration

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