Pool 9: Art & Textile (gLV)

Autumn 2022

CW 50: 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 December

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

Interested students of other study programmes can register from 01 to 18 September 2022 by email to:

You will be informed until the end of calendar week 39 about a possible participation. Applications before 01 September 2022 will not be accepted.

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

In this pool seminar the artistic aspects of textility will be negotiated on the basis of Tim Ingolf’s “The History of Line”. Knotting, weaving, knitting, embroidery and other techniques are in his understanding "line factories". The back and forth, the twists and loops of the line create spatial materialities and thereby cartographies of social agency. Through the textile-tactile artifacts, themes of labor, predictability, figuration and interconnectedness are negotiated. Beyond the normative narratives of women's textile art and/or folkloric craft, we focus on social-processual practices. We will analyse the inter- and transcultural affinities and divergences of the different outcomes produced by the "line factories" in order to understand their potential for performative resistance. Discussing student projects and experiments with collective practices will also be central elements of the course.

About the lecturer:

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 social imaginaries, visual regimes, and epistemic disobedience, with a certain focus on queer-feminist and post-/decolonial aspects. Her practical focus is on post-digital time-based formats, installative-performative settings, and research-led art.


Course language: English

Learning Targets:

  • To become familiar with the practical and theoretical foundations of contemporary textile art practices.
  • To specify and contextualize one's own questions and practices in the context of textile practices.