On the Tragic and the Comic

Alexi Kukuljevic
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art Theory
2023W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05015

Description

A life may be tragic; it may be comic; or, it may be tragic and comic, what, perhaps, can be referred to as tragicomic. But what do these determinations of human existence, and its treatment in works of art, mean? What makes a thing tragic or comic, or tragic and comic? Is existence fundamentally a thing over which one weeps or laughs? And what does it mean if one does not know if what one ought to laugh or cry, feel sadness or joy? Is Modernity tragic, comic or tragicomic? And what does this tell us about who we are?

The seminar will approach these questions through both works of art generally conceived, and theoretical texts that will allow us to conceptualize not only the difference but the vertiginous intersection between the tragic and the comic, tears and laughter. We will explore the ways in which the tragic and comic are both responses to life’s horror, and the horror of being an animal incapable of squaring what is with its sense of what ought to be.  The discrepancy between being and appearance, signs and their signification serve to situate an animal that is tragic and comic.

 

Class Meetings

19.10.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

09.11.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

16.11.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

23.11.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

30.11.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

07.12.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

14.12.2023 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

11.01.2024 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

18.01.2024 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 03 (OKPF, 3.OG)

25.01.2024 - 14:30 bis 17:30 | Seminarraum 10 (OKPV, 1.OG)

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: aus Kunsttheorie 067/003.20

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis 067/003.80

Art Education: subject kkp (Master): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE 067/003.80

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften 067/003.25

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis 067/003.80

Art Education: subject tex (Master): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE 071/003.80

Art Education: subject dae (Master): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE 072/003.80

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis 074/003.80

Art Education: subject dex (Master): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE 074/003.80

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften 074/003.25

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis 074/003.80

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations: Theoretical foundations 180/003.01

Expanded Museum Studies (Master): Electives: Art Theory 537/080.12

Stage Design (2. Section): Kunsttheorie und Kulturwissenschaften: Kunsttheorie 542/207.03

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Wissenschaft, Theorie und Geschichte : Kunsttheorie 566/208.13

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Wissenschaft, Theorie, Geschichte: Kunsttheorie 567/208.13

Studies in Art and Culture (Master): Electives Area 1: Art Theory 568/005.05

Studies in Art and Culture (Master): Electives Area 2: Art Theory 568/006.05

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 4-6: Study Area 4: Philosophy 569/022.04

Design: Specialisation in Graphic Design (2. Section): Theoretical Basics: Humanities 576/203.02

Design: Specialisation in Communication Design (2. Section): Methodological and Theoretical Basics: Humanities 577/203.02

Conservation and Restoration (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaften: Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte 588/204.10

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Art Theory, Cultural Studies, Art History, Philosophy 605/202.01

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice 605/202.80

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Methodological and Theoretical Basics: Humanities 626/203.02

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Philosophy: Deepening / Application 700/003.20

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible