Artistic Strategies - Practice

Leander Gussmann
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2024S, Workshop (WSP), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04972


This course, "Artistic Interventions: Decolonizing the Natural History Museum," explores the intersection of decolonization and artistic strategies within the context of the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

Through six sessions, students will critically engage with museum practices, develop their artistic projects, and reflect on the role of institutional critique and activism. The course provides students with both theoretical insights and practical methodologies necessary for artistic intervention in the context of natural history museums.

Examination Modalities

The examination for this course includes regular attendance (25%), a final essay of 750 words (25%), and a project with presentation (50%). Regular attendance is crucial due to limited capacity. You will be expected to read and come prepared for the sessions. 


A course bibliography featuring texts and supplementary materials will be made available shortly before the first session.

Key Words

Decolonization, Natural History Museum, Repatriation, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Provenance Research, Restorative Practices, Curatorial Practices, Critical Museology


06 March 2024, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Introduction to Course - Foundational Concepts in Institutional Critique for Museums"
20 March 2024, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Engaging with Vienna's Natural History Museum - Analyzing Narratives and Interventions."
10 April 2024, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , " Methodologies for Artistic Research - Exploring Instutional Critique and Activism."
17 April 2024, 09:30–11:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Developing Artistic Strategies - Integrating Theory into Projects"
29 April 2024, 18:00–20:00, "Cinema Screening: Archiv der Zukunft Das Naturhistorische Museum Wien"
12 June 2024, 09:30–10:30 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149 , "Final Discussion and Reflection"

Course Enrolment

From 02 February 2024, 00:00
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 1: Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art 569/020.01

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art: Deepening and Application 700/001.20

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible