Design of specialised topics

Knowledge Forms


In the last couple of years a significant conversion from media oriented to reflexive, investigatory and knowledge-oriented practice has been taking place in the field of contemporary art. In this course we will be inquiring about the nature of the relation between research, ‘knowledge’ and sharing.


The course will envelop through:

·       Lecture by the course convener at the beginning of each session

·       Occasional short presentations by the invited guests – artists, curators, architects and thinkers.

·       Assigned individual and group readings.

·       Visual material analysis

·       Class discussions and collaborative decision making about the topics and issues to explore further and about the methodology of the collaborative project to be undertaken.

·       Collaborative project – together, in smaller groups or individually.


Over the course of 7 afternoon sessions we will be examining ways in which research within institutional and extra-institutional forms of knowledge can be turned into an open and collaborative procedure of knowledge formation to be shared.


In our first session we will discuss and decide on the collective definitions of terms we might want find useful such as: modern/contemporary, archive/un-archive, humanism/ anti-humanism, universal eye/ affectable eye, nature/ culture, learning/unlearning, research/sensing, pedagogy/knowledge. We will explore these terms together until we reach consensus on their provisional meaning for our course.


In our second session we will be exploring the notion of cognitive mapping introduced by Frederic Jameson in the beginning of 1990s, and analyze selected artistic, cinematic and aural examples that arguable apply it.


Our third session will situate the idea of cognitive mapping in the recent discussions around the notion of the Capitalocene introduced by Donna Haraway to contrast the dominant, depoliticized term Anthropocene.


In our forth session we will continue to discuss the potential of cognitive mapping but this time in relation to the rapid technological development and what is increasingly referred to as the algorithmic governance.


Over the course of our fifth, sixth and seventh sessions we will work towards the development of a project based on the ideas explored in the previous sessions. What kind of alliances should we be developing in order to build new kinds of knowledge forms able to address urgencies of our times? What kind of platforms and infrastructures of sharing can we envision and create together?


We will attempt to do this by researching and mapping IZK as an institution of knowledge production within the field of contemporary art. We will look into its history, its present and its possible futures as an Institute dedicated to contemporary Art but situated at the University of Technology. We will ask: what can IZK learn and unlearn from TU Institutes dedicated to science and technology? What could they potentially learn and unlearn from us?


Finally, we will attempt to turn our investigation about all of these questions and our cognitive mapping into a knowledge form that can be developed further. Whether it would take the shape of a mind map, a single image, cinematic object, public intervention, open archive, interactive digital map, a website or if it would not take any visible/material form at all is to be decided together.


The course takes place every second Wednesday of the month from 14.00 to 20.00 (with pauses) at Kronegasse 5 and elsewhere in Graz. At the end we will have the opportunity to present the project publicly if we decide that makes sense.




Remedios Varo, Creation of the Birds, 1957.