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Guest professorship

Gender und Space

The Gender and Space programme combines approaches of art and art theory with the aim of developing themes practically and theoretically and reflecting on one's own approach. The thematic focus of the programme is the reciprocal conditionality of spatial orders (Löw 2001) and gender orders, which are produced, updated and reworked in a processual manner. In joint work, artistic approaches are explored and developed to intervene in spatial orders (which are always also gender orders), to question or rework them. This is done through an examination of theoretical positions and selected works of art as well as through artistic work.

Each semester, work is centred on a specific topic. In the winter semester of 2022, the focus was on the interaction between spatial orders (Löw 2001) and gender orders in public spaces. The concept of public space is closely connected to the question of accessibility. It is therefore important to examine how the accessibility and usability of public spaces are shaped by attributions based on race, class, gender, ability, age and other factors. For which people are which so-called public spaces - depending on race, class, gender, ability, age and other factors - accessible or closed? How can we intervene in these spatial orders? The work on this topic will be continued, and in the summer semester of 2023, we will also examine the politics of image and space. We ask about the possibilities of artistic intervention in gender-specific spatial and visual orders and about strategies to question or rewrite hegemonic images of imagination, using approaches from visual culture studies.

The course is open to all fields of study. A transdisciplinary approach is used, which offers space for the diverse working methods of art and artistic research. The central point is to open up spaces and cross borders, to spread out and at the same time go into detail and engage in processes of searching, groping, discarding and superimposing. In artistic or artistic-scientific work, there is not only one right way, it is rather a matter of taking one or more of the possible paths and thereby also understanding slippage or apparent failure as productive. The programme offers the opportunity to discuss and reflect on ideas and concepts in the group and to support each other in their implementation. In this way, a process of learning from each other is initiated.

The courses are listed in Akademieonline.