Pool 9: Art & Queer Bodies (gLV)

Spring 2023

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

CW 20: 15 / 16 / 17 / 19 May

Interested students of other study programmes can register from 01 to 19 February 2023 by email to:

You will be informed until the end of calendar week 8 about a possible participation.
Applications before 01 February 2023 will not be accepted.

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

In this seminar we widen perspectives on the turbulent relationships between human and non-human bodies and landscape. When queer artists place their own and other bodies in spatial constellations, they question the anthropomorphism with which we draw boundaries between humans and the natural environment. They critically interrogate our traditional imaginations of sexuality and landscape and their interrelationships. They cover, manipulate, and fictionalise the social constructions behind them and argue for an ecology that is not binary or dualistic, but pluriverse, diverse and paradoxical.

To address this, we turn to queer and feminist theoretical and artistic productions, such as those by Ana Mendieta, Zheng Bo, Doreen Massey, Tejal Shah, Timothy Morton, Brigitte Baptiste, IQECO, Stefanie Hessler, Emma Haugh-Wolf and many others. We will welcome one or the other as a guest in our seminar. The artistic and theoretical fields of interest and practices of the students themselves will also be incorporated.

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:

- Critical and reflective examination of queer and feminist artistic practices in the context of environmental and ecological issues
- Reflection and development of one's own artistic approaches in the field of queer-feminist art and the transfer into one's own projects.
- Definition, localisation and critical reflection of relevant theories and findings in the field of queer theory, queer ecology and transfeminist spatial production.