Pool 4: Ornament – "aesthetical politics in flowers" 

Nummer und TypMFA-MFA-Po00.20F.004 / Moduldurchführung
VeranstalterDepartement Fine Arts
LeitungYvonne Wilhelm
Anzahl Teilnehmendemaximal 10
ECTS3 Credits
VoraussetzungenCourse language: English (unless only German speaking participants attend the course)
LehrformPool seminar
ZielgruppenMFA students
Lernziele / KompetenzenIn this pool seminar we will seek to further the discourse on ornament and abstraction, subjects that are always passionately debated in art.
InhalteBased on the iconic text "Ornament and Crime" by Adolf Loos, we will ask ourselves to what extent this concept of modernity can be associated with the dominance of abstraction in the sciences, and in the “algorithmization” of our world and daily life. Perhaps today's desire for excessive figuration – for exhausting decorative tableaux, the search for psychedelic and meditative rituals of movement, which are characterized by repetitions and patterns – is a desire to abandon the dominance of the rational and the practices of discipline that shape us. Ornamentation as the disorder, as the representation of the contradictory, insecure, hybrid, incomprehensible, and opaque is the basis of this course.

About the teacher:

Yvonne Wilhelm is an artist (part of the artist duo knowbotiq) and professor, teaching at the ZHdK MFA, who has been experimenting with forms and medialities of knowledge, political representations, and epistemic disobedience. Her practical focus is on post-digital time-based formats, installative-performative settings, and research-led art.
Bibliographie / LiteraturIn this seminar the role of ornament as a cultural force in art will be negotiated along the following artistic movements: the social-romantic utopias of the Arts and Crafts movement, the primitivism debate around Einstein and Bataille, the anti-racist concepts of the Black Arts Movement, the feminist ideas of the Pattern and Decoration group, and the exhibition, Political Patterns and the New Figurative Art.

In the block seminar we will hold a sensible, material-oriented workshop in which we will experimentally explore the "becoming ornament". Excursions to exhibitions (e.g. Rietberg Musem, Haus Konstruktiv) and architecture (e.g. Blümlishalle) in Zurich are also planned.
Leistungsnachweis / TestatanforderungMin. 80 % attendance
TermineTime: 10:00 - 18:00 o'clock

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