Sculptural Audio: Shapeshifting and Activation

Melissa Logan
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2024S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S05106


In Shapeshifting and Activation we continue from Instruments of the Future to looking at art and media to navigate an individual path through the the cultural societal arena. From examples of site specific locations, stages platforms, to content and context.
We will take a look at methods and strategies of activation, resilience, resistance. This seminar combines examples of artists and artworks from the avant-garde tradition of instigating change from the Situationist International. We will drop in on methods such as tricksterism, subversion and irony in art and culture. The format is examples to artworks, reading and discussion.
Through delving into examples and reading this class is a winding journey, an adventure.

Examination Modalities

The outcome is for each participant to give a 5 minute presentation zooming into an aspect of the material, additionally taking part in a speed exhibition either in MQ or an alternate location.


we will pick up where we left off with Ways of Being by James Bridel, then shift to

Hito Steyerl 'Duty Free Art, Art in the Age og Planetary Cival War'.

Maggie Nelson 'On Freedom'.

Pil & Gallia Kollectiv 'Subversive Performance in the Age of Human Capital'



Key Words

Subversion, Situationist International, spatial installation, object sculpture, sound sculpture, discussion, art in public space, action, happening, electronic music, public space, actionist art, music


13 March 2024, 13:00–16:00, "Seminarraum 30 (GCP, 1.OG)"
15 March 2024, 11:00–13:00, " Seminarraum 34 (GCP, HP)"
18 March 2024, 13:00–16:00, "Seminarraum 34 (GCP, HP)"
20 March 2024, 13:00–16:00, "Seminarraum 31 (GCP, 1.OG)"
08 April 2024, 13:00–16:00, "Seminarraum 34 (GCP, HP) Tricksters Make This World. Chiara Presents Billboard"
10 April 2024, 13:00–16:00, "Seminarraum 30 (GCP, 1.OG) Presentation: Mariia & Julius? MAK Museum"
22 April 2024, 11:00–13:00, " Seminarraum 31 (GCP, 1.OG) Presentation: Andreas & Moritz"
24 April 2024, 17:00–20:00 Assembly Hall , "Presentation Picknick, Tricksters, George, David Obradovic." (guest lecture: McKenzie Wark in discussion at 19:00 Int LAB)

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 06 March 2024, 17:02
Via online registration

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

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Künstlerische Methodik und Technologie digitaler Kunst: Grammatik und Architektur neuer Medien I - IV 567/202.04

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Künstlerische Methodik und Technologie digitaler Kunst: Digital Sound & Voice I - V 567/202.06

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible