Pool 2: Inspiration/Appropriation/Theft (Learning from Copying and Questioning)

Autumn Term 2019

Time: 09:00 - 17:00 o'clock

9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 December

Universität / Haute École
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Swetlana Heger-Davis
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Content description

– What constitutes an archive?
– What counts as research?
– Can fiction add to, change and augment our understanding of historical truth or fact?
– How do history and fiction merge and become muddled?
– How are archives becoming materials for art making?
– What is the importance or relevance, of authorship, influence, and authenticity in art making?
– Free speech versus copyright infringement

Examples of artistic practices by Sturtevant, Marcel Broodthaers, Lady Gaga, Fischli & Weiss, Billie Eilish, Maurizio Catellan, Pop Culture, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Morris, Richard Prince, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum, Sylvie Fleury, Haim Steinbach, Andreas Gursky, Jennifer Chan, Mathieu Laurette, Superflex, Jonas Lund, Luc Tuymans, Christian Marclay, Internet archives etc.

This course includes a visit to Cabaret Voltaire.

About the teacher:

Swetlana Heger is a visual artist, professor in Fine Arts and director of the department Art & Media at ZHdK. In her artistic work, she has an ongoing interest in the act of contextualization and dislocation. She is exploring the questions about conditions of an art production including discussion about multiple authorships and relevant possibilities of collaborations between the arts and other partners. Various international solo and group exhibitions i.e.: Musée des Beaux Arts/Nancy, Le Consortium/Dijon, Vienna Secession, Melbourne Biennale, Berlin Biennale, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris, Arts Space/New York, Centre National de la Photographie/Paris, Moderna Museet/Stockholm, Hamburger Bahnhof/Berlin, manifesta11, Zürich, Antarctic Pavilion/57. Venice Biennale. Her art works are represented in private and public collections and had been reviewed and published in international publications as Artforum, Flash Art, Frieze, Art Now, Spike, Monopol, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Princeton University Press, Les presses du réel, Edition Flammarion, Walther König etc.