Die Architektur des Lichtes II

Mauricio Ianes de Moraes
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Transmedia Art
2024S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03812


The course aims to bring to evidence and critically analyse the origins and the role of authorship in art, investigating the “invention” of Art (with a capital A) as an autonomous category, disengaged from its social, economic, and political context.

Artistic authorship and production have supposedly occupied a place of transcendence concerning market-based, capitalist work relations, production of commodities, and everyday life, mainly due to the exceptional situation of Art in society since the early origins of the modern era. Consequently, a singular but superficial form of freedom and agency was granted to artists. This form obfuscates problems such as self-exploitation and market dependency. Accordingly, Art became detached from the capitalist processes of alienation and objectification of human labour. 

The weekly meetings will address these issues critically but affirmatively, rethinking the history of Art and Aesthetics and their contemporary outcomes, regarding the economic contexts that established the bases for their appearance. Once these foundational problems are acknowledged, we will explore the question of authorship in the contemporary world. Authorship will be examined as an economic, performative category, grounded on the image of artists and their presumed autonomous lives, that has reached a vast influence on different social fields. Workers of diverse areas, especially in the creative industries, are forced to be individual entrepreneurs, spotlighting their staged personas as market commodities, facing instability, insecurity, and speculation, designing and breaking the limits of their private lives and spaces by market demand. In return, these new modes of work, dependent on the commodification of everyday life, remodel artistic production.

Examination Modalities

The foundation of the second semester of the course (Architecture of Light II) will be the analysis of theoretical, historical, and artistic references, though with a stronger focus on the discussion of the production, theoretical or artistic, of the students. Evaluation will be based on the presence and participation of the students during the meetings, and the presentation of artworks and texts when required.

Key Words

Autonomy, Authorship, Commodification, Market, Art Economy, Self, Performative, performance, action, copyright


07 March 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
14 March 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
21 March 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
02 May 2024, 14:00–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
16 May 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
23 May 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
06 June 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art
13 June 2024, 16:30–19:00 Studio 1, Transmedia Art

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 10 March 2024, 12:30
Via online registration

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Artistic and art technology foundations: Artistic and art technology foundations 180/002.01

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Materialität und Medien: Die Architektur des Lichtes I - II 566/204.02

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible