Thomann Class

“What does it mean to be oriented? How is it that we come to find our way in a world that acquires new shapes, depending on which way we turn? To be oriented is also to be oriented toward certain objects, those that help us find our way. These are the objects we recognize, such that when we face them, we know which way we are facing. They gather on the ground and also create a ground on which we can gather.” (Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.)

Sharing and collaborating in a group, jointly reflecting, examining, testing, reading texts, going on excursions to exhibitions and other places, talking about one’s own working process, and discussing other people’s art are the main class activities, aside from the work in the atelier. We are concerned with material research and current events, with the theory of contemporary art and with questions of spatiality. We are oriented toward:

How must art be constituted so that it is suitable for experience? What does a material stand for, and what is its effect on us? How much is this influenced by the social, architectural, and institutional surroundings in each case? How can the interfaces between inside/outside, public/private, main issue/side issue, collective/subjective be conceived artistically? What role does the relationship of traditional media play in today’s techno-environments? What happens to a space when it is appropriated by a text, a performance, a sound, or an image? And how does an object differ from an artwork and an aesthetic object from a product?


Thomann, Mirjam

Vertretungsprofessur für Plastik