Universität Wien FIND

Return to Vienna for the summer semester of 2022. We are planning to hold courses mainly on site to enable the personal exchange between you, your teachers and fellow students. We have labelled digital and mixed courses in u:find accordingly.

Due to COVID-19, there might be changes at short notice (e.g. individual classes in a digital format). Obtain information about the current status on u:find and check your e-mails regularly.

Please read the information on https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/info.

170998 UE Media Aesthetics in Everyday Use (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work

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


max. 30 participants
Language: German



In addition to the appointments for digital teaching, you will independently pursue a writing project throughout the semester and document your process in a diary. The submission dates for this will follow.


Aims, contents and method of the course


Who does not know the feeling that everything has been there before? Every new work of art, every new song, every new story - all just dull repetition. With a finite alphabet, one day everything is actually put down on paper.

Jorge Luis Borges provided a thought experiment for this: in his text "The Library of Babel" he dreamed of a fictional library with more books in the cupboards than there are atoms in the visible universe. The books contain every imaginable combination of letters from an alphabet of 25 characters. So there is every book written, and every book that will be written.

Borges' vision has now been programmed on the Internet. On the website libraryofbabel.info, if you click long enough, the next novel of the century appears. But a human life is probably not enough for this discovery. In 1954, Roald Dahl also described a machine with his short story "The Great Automatic Grammatizer", which in 15 minutes throws out a prize-winning story.

Meanwhile, humanity's library is filling up even without technical help: in 2010, Google counted more than 130 million books in the world. Since then, two million printed works have been added every year. With self-published books, the figure is even three million. Then there are half a billion printed newspapers and half a billion tweets - day after day.

What more should one add to that? And in the age of Netflix and HBO, are there still readers for all these texts?


The course offers the opportunity to develop your own literary project and to set it to music and visualise it in a video. At the beginning of the semester, texts are read which serve as orientation. A leitmotif is also agreed upon.


What are the issues of our time? What are innovative forms of literature? What is good literature and who determines it? What is the future of the theatre? Can one live from writing and if so, how badly? Considering the limits of this course, a first insight into the happiness and unhappiness of writing will be given.

Assessment and permitted materials


1. Concept (half page) and text (± 5000 characters)

2. Video: Dubbing and visualization of your text. A film of you reading your text or a found-footage collages.

3. Feedback on the work of your colleagues

4. Research diary: a digital notebook from which the working method can be seen. In addition, short summaries and thoughts for compulsory reading. In addition: ideas, condemnations, visions and spinning.


Digital presence, active participation, research diary, development and enhancement of the literary project and video presentation (main service)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria


Mental presence. Active cooperation. Independent writing of texts. Committed group work. Readiness for writing, reading, editing, experimenting. This course is a writing workshop that lives from courage and criticism. The texts are read and discussed in plenary.

assessment scale
Research diary: 33%
Quality and development of the literary project and smaller writing tasks: 34%.
Feedback and participation: 33%.

Examination topics

Reading list

Extended literature suggestions beyond the texts on Moodle:

Ingeborg Bachmann, Gerda Haller - Ein Tag wird kommen. Gespräche in Rom
Wolfram Lotz - Hamburger Poetikvorlesung
Alexander Kluge – Theorie der Erzählung
Kathrin Röggla - Essenpoetik
Roland Barthes - Vorbereitung des Romans
Paris Review - The Art of Theater
György Lukács - Die Theorie des Romans
Lajos Egri - Dramatisches Schreiben
www.elfriedejelinek.com (Theatertexte)

In fact, anything you can get your hands on. If you find texts that interest, inspire or irritate you, please feel free to bring them into the course.

Association in the course directory

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