Artistic Strategies: Methods & Practice

Bouchra Khalili
Arts and Society, Artistic Strategies
2024S, 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 memory and the collective history. 

Artistic strategies in relation to performance is 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. 

During the Winter Semester, the group critically examined notions of artifacts, archives, and amateur photography, all in relation with the production of dominant historiographies. 

This exploration was articulated with the study of strategies of storytelling.

With this work, the group examined hypotheses for the making of a collective performance project.

The Summer Semester will be devoted to the production of the performance project and its presentation with a public event in June 2024.

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.


04 March 2024, 11:00–17:00
22 March 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien"
13 May 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien"
22 May 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien"
23 May 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien"
06 June 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien"
07 June 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien"
08 June 2024, 11:00–17:00, "@ Volkskundemuseum Wien - last rehearsal for Performance at 6 pm"

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 31 March 2024, 12:08
The online registration was already closed

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