Universität Wien FIND

080043 EX Kunst in Wien: Contemporary Art in Vienna (2016W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Course Description: This course is a conceptually driven introduction to the histories, discourses, theories, and institutions of contemporary art in Vienna. Specifically, it focuses on the pivotal role played by the institution of the gallery and examines the diverse means through which it structures the commercial and non-commercial system of contemporary art.

Building on the premise that a constellation of historically contingent processes, perspectives, and practices function together to give rise to what we call "contemporary art," this course: 1) familiarizes students with various galleries in Vienna; 2) presents students with the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the Vienna art scene with individuals active in the field; 3) Situates the Vienna art scene in the broader global context; 4) critically interrogates the local cultural landscape within available theories.

Some questions guiding our course: What is the role played by galleries in mediating the relationship between artistic practices, value, and the market? What are some of the different operational / business models that are prevalent in the field? How do galleries develop a program and establish a local/national/global identity? What is the influence of a gallery on an artist's career and reputation and vice versa? How do galleries position themselves in relation to critics, curators, collectors, and other art world members? What role do galleries play in urban development and gentrification?


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Donnerstag, 11:15-14:15 Uhr; erster Termin am 13. Oktober im Seminarraum 5 des Instituts, alle übrigen Treffen vor Originalen; genaue Termine und Orte werden bekannt gegeben.

Second meeting, Thursday, 20 October, 11:15am - 2:15pm at the Institut. Room to be confirmed.

All subsequent meetings - "on site" at galleries - please save: Thursdays, 10am-1pm. Exact dates to be confirmed.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Course Aims:
1) Familiarize students with the diverse gallery structures in Vienna.
2) Present students with the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the Vienna art scene with individuals active in the field.
3) Situate the Vienna art scene in the broader global context.
4) Critically interrogate the local cultural landscape and position it within current theories.
5) Develop critical and analytical thinking, writing, reading, interviewing, and oral skills using the case study of Contemporary Art in Vienna.

Course Methods: Students learn through site-visits, team-work, self-directed research, interviews, discussions, writing, and oral presentations.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Course Assessment: The final grade consists of:
1. Attendance and participation in site-visits and discussions (10% )
2. Leading the class and interviewing respondents in teams of two (40%)
3. Team Paper - comprised of 5 short answer questions (written in English) -- to be
handed in on the last day of class (50%)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab



Syllabus with readings will be distributed at first class meeting.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 16.02.2018 09:45