The Baggage we bring. Reisen als künstlerische Praxis

Gabriele Mackert
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2023W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05016

Description

The Baggage we bring. Travel as an artistic practice

Artists have undertaken different types of journeys over the centuries. To a certain extent, changes of location are among the success indicators of a biography. But how do artists use context shifts? How do they experience themselves as observers? How do they question representations and their ideological underpinnings? Which constituent elements become relevant to identity? What are the goals of varying the conception and methods of documentation?

Goals and forms of artist journeys are diverse: to exotic places, people, animals, plants, extreme landscapes or just wandering through a city or region. Elsewhere and otherness as well as art production outside the studio are regarded as constitutive factors for the formation of the self-image of European modernism. In the luggage of the travelers there are always stereotypes and pre-images.

Today, actual physical journeys, as well as imagined translocations, immersion into archival material, or forced migration are virulent topics in de-colonial contexts, as are debates of the Anthropocene and the climate crisis. The nature of the journeys, routes and methods have differentiated into a reflexive repertoire of documentation techniques and artistic practices up to delegation and reversal of perspective. Since the so-called "ethnographic turn" of the 1960s, many artists have also used ethnographic methods such as field research in their visual research, for example to search for a description beyond the colonial gaze.

The seminar analyzes exemplary works by, among others: John Akomfrah, Rolf Bier, Lothar Baumgarten, Ursula Biemann, Sol Calero, Julian Charrière, Mark Dion, Tracy Emin, Cai Guo-Qiang, Hannah Höch, Pierre Huyghe, Christoph Keller, Nikki S. Lee, Livía Melzi, Maria Sibylla Merian, Alexandra Mir, Trinh T. Minh Hà, Lisa Rave, Santiago Sierra, Simon Starling, Nedko Solakov, Metasitu u.a.

Exhibition visit: Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman. Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims, Kunsthalle Wien

Examination Modalities

Regular, active participation in the seminar and its discussions as well as a short presentation of an analysis of an artistic practice are necessary for a certificate.

Registration and determination of the topic by October 27, 2023.

November, 23th 10 am to 1 pm, November 24th and 25th, 10 am to 1 pm, 2 to 6 pm and an online appointment.

Comments

Language: German, english presentations and discussions alternatively

Key Words

video, photography, conceptual

Dates

23 November 2023, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
24 November 2023, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
24 November 2023, 14:00–18:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
25 November 2023, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
25 November 2023, 14:00–18:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space

Course Enrolment

From 04 October 2023, 00:00 to 23 November 2023, 20:00
Via online registration

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic Practice in Technical Context: Subject-specific Techniques 605/203.01

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible