264.093 Contemporary Culture
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to apply the competences acquired in the course in important fields of discourse in contemporary visual culture. These include the knowledge of current theoretical approaches and fields of practice of visual culture (with special regard to contemporary art and architecture production) as well as competencies for the critical reflection of contemporary culture and the independent development of research approaches to investigate culture from the perspective of a critical spatial practice.

Subject of course

A World of Matter

Einführende Diskussion zur Veränderung von Raumproduktion im Spannungsfeld von Plattform-Kapitalismus, Umweltzerstörung, Klassismus 2.0 und digitaler Emanzipation.


In a time characterised by extraction, conflict and crises – what critical tools do we hold to imagine better futures? Layered and expanding systems of social inequity manifesting in various forms of discrimination, racist violence, climate change, and wealth disparity are producing what Mark Fisher refers to as a ‘malaise,’ a feeling that there is, and can be, ‘nothing new;’ That there may be ‘no alternative’ to the philosophical paradigms that dictate extraction, exploitation and individuation. 

The Visual Cultures Module for the Winter Term 2023–24 will concern strategies for imagining new forms of social bonding and community building.  In the ‘Laboratory for Posthumanist Architecture’ we will consider what it means to de-centre the human in the ways we live, think, and practice. By focusing on posthumanism, an approach that disrupts, questions, and invites new paradigms of world-making, we will seek to collectively ‘trouble’ binary thinking to discuss new ways of addressing human’s relationship to the natural world. Popularized within the fields of philosophy and critical theory by critics such as Donna Haraway and Rosi Braidotti – posthumanism is increasingly becoming not just a set of vague ideas and beliefs, but something that can be practiced and applied in structural, spatial, and material ways. The Laboratory for Posthumanist Architecture will address what it means to translate posthumanist philosophy on concrete terms in the realm of architecture. 

Situated between the discursive fields of architecture, contemporary art and theory, the module will create a structure for critical reflection, collaborative discussion, and material practice through seminars, reading groups, public lectures, workshops, and screenings. Examples from art, architecture, and activism will be shared to discuss what to do with critique – supplanted by bi-weekly public programmes with renown thinkers and practitioners from around the world, each engaging with designing, curating, making, and imagining for better futures and new conceptions of the human. 

Students will be required to work both independently and collaboratively in an active and discursive atmosphere. With the support of department lecturers and tutors, each student will be asked to produce a creative group project conceived throughout the course, which shows practice-based interpretations and reflections on the ideas raised throughout the module’s duration. Students will also be asked to work together to conceive of a final group exhibition. This collective intervention will respond to the module’s guiding query: How can we imagine and experiment with Posthumanist architecture?

siehe auch: https://visualculture.tuwien.ac.at/

Teaching methods

Lectures and discussions; independent project work; literature study; fieldwork and excursions; writing texts; development of graphic and audiovisual content; multimedia formats; presentations

Mode of examination


Additional information

Introduction meeting of the Visual Culture module: Mon 2 October 2023, 2 pm


Monday, 9 October 2023
2-4 pm

Peter Mörtenböck + Helge Mooshammer

Seminar: A World of Matter


The lectures and seminars will take place on Mondays.
In addition, workshops/seminars will be held on Tuesday mornings.
For the positive completion of the module, participation in both, the lectures/seminars and the workshops is required.
Exact dates will be communicated separately to all participants of the module.

for further information see: https://visualculture.tuwien.ac.at/



Course dates

Mon17:00 - 19:0009.10.2023 - 22.01.2024Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Contemporary Culture - Single appointments
Mon09.10.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon16.10.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon23.10.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon30.10.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon06.11.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon13.11.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon20.11.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon27.11.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon04.12.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon11.12.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon18.12.202317:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon08.01.202417:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon15.01.202417:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur
Mon22.01.202417:00 - 19:00Seminarraum AC0440 Gegenwartskultur

Examination modalities

Active participation; project work; short texts; presentations

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

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Accompanying courses