Practices of Experimentation

Research and Teaching in the Arts Today

Edited by the Department of Art & Media, Zurich University of the Arts

Practices of Experimentation

Edited by the Department of Art & Media, Zurich University of the Arts

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess


Compiled and with a Foreword by Christoph Brunner and Giaco Schiesser, and Essays by Ute Meta Bauer, Maria Eichhorn, Knowbotic Research, Jörg Huber, Marianne Müller, Gerald Raunig, Nils Röller, Richard Wentworth

500 pages | 80 color plates, 80 halftones | 5 x 8 1/2 | © 2012
Text in English and German
Paper $60.00 ISBN: 9783858812599 Published June 2012

At the Department of Art and Media at Zürich University, which comprises the undergraduate specializations of fine arts, photography, media arts, and theory along with a masters program anchored by two research institutes, experimentation lies at the heart of creative research and teaching. The 2012 yearbook of the department explores how practices of experimentation are implemented in one of the most renowned arts departments worldwide and investigates how the various fields—of teaching, research, theory, and practice—interlace with, inspire, and inform one another.  

Through fifteen works in text, image, video, and sound by theorists and artists inside and outside the department, this work considers how practices of experimentation unfold and how they affect artistic creation, the relationship between art schools and society, the production of knowledge, and the particularities of inter- and trans-disciplinary teaching and research in the arts.
Combined German/English Edition

      Giaco Schiesser and Christoph Brunner

I. Laboratory Experiments
The Flying Microphone
      Andrews Bosshard
Collaborative Practice—On Artistic Practices in the Master in Fine Arts
      Riikka Tauriainen
Praise of Depth
      Thomas Müllenbach
II. Interfaces
Slow Practices—11 Theses
      Christoph Brunner
Translocal Practices—In the Possibilities between Spaces and Conflicts
      knowbotiq and Felix Stalder
23 Theses against the Modulating University
      Gerald Raunig
III. Art—Theory—Science
"A certain frustration  . . ." —Paradoxes, Voids, Perspective sin Artistic Research Today
      Giaco Schiesser
Falter, Stutter, Grope—On the Stick as Universal Tool
      Nils Röller
Eavesdropping on Theory: à partir de là . . .
      Elke Bippus, Jörg Huber, Roberto Nigro
Initiatives and Projects by Students—15 Advertisements
      Franziska Koch and Maria Eichhorn
IV. Teaching—Research
      Christoph Schenker and Hannes Rickli
Portrait (Carrie Buckles) —Different, Weird
      Marianne Mueller and Carrie Buckles
"Fedeli alla linea"—True to the Line—"Beginning Again" with Marx Klaus Schönberger and Robert Nigro
V. Carte blanche
Time is Crucial
      Heiner Goebbels
      Richard Wentworth
Compreenz-vous Stockhausen? —Abstraction and Reality in Contemporary Music
      Germán Toro-Pérez
Under Pressure
      Ute Meta Bauer

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