Artistic Strategies

Head: Univ. Prof. Bouchra Khalili
Operating across the Institute of Arts and Society, the newly developed department of Artistic  Strategies offers teaching of theory and practice, situating at its core questions of artistic methods in relation to social dynamics and global challenges.
The purpose of the teaching is not to teach a comprehensive and final definition of Artistic Strategies, but rather to focus on artists’ work and methods in order to investigate how artists  define innovative approaches to respond to and reflect on the complex contexts in which artworks are produced and shown.
Rather than a programmatic conception of art and its making, courses and seminars invite the  students to investigate the dynamics at stake in the development, the production, and the implementation of artistic strategies: artistic eco-systems, historical, cultural, intellectual, social  and political contexts.  

Such investigations rely on an interdisciplinary and transversal approach articulating a wide range of art practices, media, and fields of knowledge. The teaching of Artistic Strategies focuses on how artists with their work and methods provide innovative tools to envision potential new forms of social relations and communities, subjectivities, knowledge production  and dissemination, and new forms of perceptions and comprehension of the challenges of our time.  

Labs of Artistic Strategies and workshops welcome students from all departments to  develop a project from the first stage to completion. The purpose of the course of those  labs is to allow students to develop their own artistic strategies based on the specifics of their projects rather than on a doctrine or formula. Collegiality and interdisciplinarity are key to the labs. The students develop their individual projects in dialogue with a group, allowing them to collectively contribute to each other's projects.

Exploring the challenges of our time and investigating how artists develop strategies to reflect them, involves articulating the global and the local, opening the doors of the university to other contexts. This articulation is developed via a strong commitment to  international collaborations, engaging with artists, cultural practitioners and educators through workshops, site visits, symposiums, exhibitions, and publications. 

For the next two years, the department aims to explore questions of representation and self representation of excluded groups and interrelations of artistic practices and strategies of  visibility in public spaces (public spaces is to be understood from a wide perspective, from the physical public space to public debate).
This exploration includes invitations extended to guests to interact with the students, and to  contribute to workshops and public programs such as lectures, performances, and panels, among other forms of implementations and collaborations. 

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