264.115 art and autonomy
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019S, VO, 1.0h, 1.0EC


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

Questioning societal-economic relationships and possibilties of taking action by employing artistic projects and artistic-urban strategies.
Since in 2019 the TU celebrates the 100th anniversary of female students the lecture series will highlight (like already in previous years) the practice of seminal female artists.

Subject of course

_urbanist-artistic practices
_institutional critique
_critical spatial practice
_possibilities of self-initiated projects and self commissioning
_negotiation and appropriation of urban public space

Especially since the 1990s artists have engaged in socio-political and urban issues thus questioning concentional roles and fields of the artist. These changing roles do not only address the positioning of the artist in the conflictuous debate between art market and critically engaged art practices in the urban public realm, but also concern the role of the ¿consumer¿ (Michel de Certeau) as active participant. Increasingly new visions are not only proclaimed rhetorically or in the art context, but artists aim at having an impact on society. These projects are often subjected to the critique of dismissing their "own" terrain, and to interfere in the terrain of other experts thus "betraying" the autonomy of art.

The lecture series will give an insight in the discourse on the above mentioned issues by presenting art projects and texts, with a focus on performative, participatory and transdisciplinary practices and how these practices contribute to producing new roles (urban practitioner).
See also: Barbara Holub/ Christine Hohenbüchler (ed.) "Planning Unplanned" - Darf Kunst eine Funktion haben? Towards a New Function of Art in Society", Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2015

Additional information

Sommersemester 2019:
264.118 Modul Kunsttransfer im TISS


1. VL: 13.03., 10-12:30
2. VL: 27.03., 10-12:30
3. VL: 10.04., 10-12:30
4. VL: 22.05., 10-12:30
5. VL: 05.06.: Presentations 10-14:00

Location: Karlsgasse 13, Seminarraum/ 1.Stock

IMPORTANT: The lecture series can be attended also independantly from the Modul Kunsttransfer. In this case please register only here!




Examination modalities

The lecture series will be held in German: therefore students must have sufficient knowledge of German in order to follow and participate in the artistic discourse on a high level.
Grading is based on particiapting in discussions, reflecting contents and texts, as well as the presentation of a project researched for the web database www.urban-matters.org.

Course registration

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Registration modalities:

Bitte hier nur anmelden, wenn Sie die Vorlesung unabhängig vom Modul Kunsttransfer belegen wollen.

Siehe unten: Gruppenanmeldung in Gruppe: "nur Kunst und Autonomie"

Group Registration

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Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest in contemporary art discourse, especially concerning critical artistic societal practices.
The lecture series is a crucial basis for elaborating the projects for the module.