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080043 EX Art in Vienna (2016W)

Continuous assessment of course work

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?


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English



First class meeting is on Thursday, 13th of October, 11:15am - 2:15pm; in Seminar Room 5 of the Institut.

Second meeting is on 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.


Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

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%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Syllabus with readings will be distributed at first class meeting.

Association in the course directory

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