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051-0219-16L  Artistic and Conceptual Thinking and Working

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Keller Roca
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractWe approach the prelinguistic space of artistic thinking and agency from its context, which supports, mediates, criticizes, sells and preserves its artworks. We listen to the various protagonists of this space - cultural agents in civil service institutions, art mediators, critics, curators, gallerists, custodians; for in this space surrounding the prelinguistic one, nothing is left to chance.
ObjectiveThis seminar aims at providing access to the prelinguistic space of artistic thinking and agency, in order to be able to observe the artists in their immediate working process. This space can only be entered if we successfully leave all layers of mediation behind us and cease to force an understanding.
ContentThe seminar, of course, with its claim to teach the critical faculty to be astonished, is also part of these layers of mediation. We will measure this paradox of art directly up against our own ambitions. A productive tension will be established within us when we open up to artistic practices potentially contradicting our own.

We will approach the prelinguistic space of artistic thinking and agency from its context, which supports, mediates, criticizes, sells and preserves its productions - the artworks. We will listen to the various protagonists of this space - cultural agents in civil service institutions, art mediators, critics, curators, gallerists, custodians; for in this space surrounding the prelinguistic one, nothing is left to chance.
LiteratureBrian O`Doherty: Inside the White Cube, The Ideology of the Gallery Space.
When these essays first appeared in Artforum in 1976, their impact was immediate. They were discussed, annotated, cited, collected, and translated; the three issues of Artforum in which they appeared have become nearly impossible to obtain. Having Brian O'Doherty's provocative essays available again is a signal event for the art world. This edition also includes "The Gallery as Gesture," a critically important piece published ten years after the others.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe number of participants is limited.
Application for the course with the lecuturer also via e-mail:
stefan.keller@arch.ethz.ch