Pool 4: Art and Poetry (gLV)

Spring 2024

CW 11: 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 March

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

Interested students of other study programmes can register from 01 to 11 February 2024 by email to:
You will be informed until the end of calendar week 7 about a possible participation

Universität / Haute École
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Nils Röller
Contact email
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Content description

Procedure is a key term in our seminar. It refers to simple ways of doing things, such as how one step can follow another during a walk, or how one word can be placed next to another, or how one line after another can result in an immense body of artistic work, as in Irma Blank's "Radical Writings". We will test, experience and reflect on these practices through walks, discussions and presentations by poets, translators and theorists. The discussion of procedures refers to a principle currently located on the border between art and science, or poetry and computers. It is a key word in postmodern literature.

The seminar also understands procedure as an invitation to think about the posthuman in Rosa Braidotti's sense. Braidotti argues that in the Anthropocene, the focus on the subject can be dissolved by actively seeking relations between machines, animals and the earth. With this in mind, the seminar will discuss the relationship between art and poetry in the following practices and principles: Drawing, writing, asemic writing, long poems, life-work balance, diagrammatics, translation, rule, machine.

A bibliography will be available on Paul before the course starts. In a Zoom meeting before the start of the course we will introduce the texts.


About the lecturer:

Nils Röller is a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. His research focuses on the relation between text, image and philosophy. In the Journal for Art, Sex and Mathematics he has published experimental posts in collaboration with artists and poets since 2006. Recent publications in English and German include “Interfacing Philosophy” and "Text-Image Parergon“ published in Koko magazine. Former publications as “Roth der Grosse”, “Bittermeer”, “Alpentram” evolve as discussions of procedures established in contemporary poetry.


Course language: English

Learning Targets:

- Experimental exploration of procedures as writing and drawing, long poems, diagrams, translation
- discussion of key concepts of contemporary aesthetics and poetics
- getting familiar with posthumanism, Anthropocene, postmodern, rule based aesthetics