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.

2024S, VO, 1.0h, 1.0EC

Course evaluation


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to gain an overview of the development of important socially engaged artists, artistic practices and projects. They also gained insight into important aspects of critical art discourse in relation to a socially engaged urbanistic practice.

The lecture series is a crucial basis for elaborating the projects for the module.


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 theoretically 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

Teaching methods

+ research of projects for urban-matters.org - instead of an exam.


Mode of examination


Additional information

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




Examination modalities

research of projects for urban-matters.org - instead of an exam:

_Why is the project presented relevant for urban-matters.org
_What are the artistic-urbanistic tools employed?
_short presentation of the artists/ architects/ urban practitioners

The grade consists of the participation in discussions in the lectures, reflection on the contents and texts, and the presentations on researched projects 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.


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066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest in contemporary art discourse, especially concerning critical artistic societal practices.

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