Pool 4: Ornament -

Spring Term 2020

Time: 10:00 - 18:00 o'clock

11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 May


Deadline enrollment: 17 February 2020

Universität / Haute École
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Yvonne Wilhelm
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Content description

Based on the iconic text "Ornament and Crime" by Adolf Loos, we will ask ourselves to what extent this concept of modernity can be associated with the dominance of abstraction in the sciences, and in the “algorithmization” of our world and daily life. Perhaps today's desire for excessive figuration – for exhausting decorative tableaux, the search for psychedelic and meditative rituals of movement, which are characterized by repetitions and patterns – is a desire to abandon the dominance of the rational and the practices of discipline that shape us. Ornamentation as the disorder, as the representation of the contradictory, insecure, hybrid, incomprehensible, and opaque is the basis of this course.

About the teacher:

Yvonne Wilhelm is an artist (part of the artist duo knowbotiq) and professor, teaching at the ZHdK MFA, who has been experimenting with forms and medialities of knowledge, political representations, and epistemic disobedience. Her practical focus is on post-digital time-based formats, installative-performative settings, and research-led art.