264.098 Visual Culture Module
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 9.0h, 10.0EC
TUWELQuinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 9.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand contemporary art and architecture production as a means and expression of cultural, political and economic changes and to engage themselves in new approaches of experimental, critical spatial practice. Due to its orientation toward a combination of scholarly and artistic research, the Visual Culture module offers students a range of transdisciplinary competences - critical thinking, cooperation, experimental approaches, research-oriented project work, interpretation and adaptation skills – for independently engaging with the production/reception of art and architecture.

Subject of course


In a time increasingly characterised by conflict, catastrophe, and crisis – how do we 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 structural processes and ideological frameworks informing the crises shaping our world today. 

The Visual Cultures Module for the Winter Term 2022/23 will concern the urgent theme of new beginnings. How can we theorise for new paradigms of world-making centred on equality and human rights? How can these theorisations be translated on concrete terms? Further, what do we consider the role of critique to be amidst the urgency of action and practice? 

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. Each week will address a thread of critical theory which concerns the structural roots and repercussions of imbalance and inequity. 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. 

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 ‘research file’ 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 collective intervention, which could take the form of a group exhibition, spatialised group project, discursive conference, or public activity in a selected space in Vienna. This collective intervention will respond to the course’s guiding query, ‘how can we imagine and articulate new beginnings?

Core courses

Contemporary Culture

Visual Culture of the City

Regimes of the Visual

Art as an Architectural Concept

Applied Cultural Theory


Additional courses

Architectures of the Everyday

New Models of Culture and Art Production

Excursion Visual Culture



Monday, 3 October 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Carmen Lael Hines + Bilal Alame
Introduction into the Visual Culture Module

Monday, 10 October 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Peter Mörtenböck + Helge Mooshammer
Seminar: Data Publics, Platform Urbanism, and New Accounts of Future-Making


Tuesday, 11 October 2022

11:00 – 13:00 Tutor/Student Workshop 


Monday, 17 October 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Ofri Cnaani
Seminar: On Un-naming


Tuesday, 18 October 2022

11:00 – 13:00 Tutor/Student Workshop


Monday, 24 October 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Carmen Lael Hines
Seminar: They say it is love. We say it is unwaged work: An Introduction to Social Reproduction Theory. 


Monday, 31 October 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Carmen Lael Hines
Seminar: Working Spaces: Architecture and Capitalist Productivism

18:00 – 19:30 Joseph Henry
Public Programme: Sound Advice, Forms of Music


November 2022

Thursday, 3 November 2022

18:00 – 20:00: Stefano Harney
Public Programme: Pedagogical Sociality


Monday, 7 November 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Into the Black Box
Seminar (led by Mattia Frapporti and Maurilio Pirone): Imaginaries and Frictions of Platform Urbanism

18:00 – 20:00 Into the Black Box
Public Programme: (led by Niccolò Cuppini): What urban future: Do high-tech metropolises dream of electric sheep?

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Tutor/Student Workshop 


Monday, 14 November 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Slutty Urbanism
Seminar: Alternative Spatial Patterns

18:00 – 20:00 Benj Gerdes:
Public Programme: Oceans of/and Data 


Tuesday, 15 November 2022

11:00 – 13:00 Slutty Urbanism
Workshop: Slutty Walk through the city 


Monday, 21 November 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Ofri Cnaani
Seminar: Performance, Architecture and Productive Interruptions

18:00 – 20:00 Ofri Cnaani
Public Programme Data Apartheid: Data Colonialism and the Israel – Palestine Conflict 


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

11:00 – 13:00 Tutor/Student Workshop


Monday, 28 November 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Peter Mörtenböck + Helge Mooshammer
Seminar: I took her to a supermarket - I don't know why - But I had to start it somewhere - So it started there

18:00 – 20:00 Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
Public Programme: Across design, technology, environment and politics

December 2022


Monday, 5 December 2022

14:00 – 16:00 Bernadette Krejs
Seminar: Hegemonies of the Home and Imagining Housing Otherwise


Tuesday, 6 December 2022                                                

11:00 – 13:00 Tutor/Student Workshop


Monday, 12 December 2022

14:00 – 16:00: Carmen Lael Hines
Workshop: Tinder Urbanism: Sex and Self-Optimisation in the Swiping City

18:00 – 20:00
Public Programme: Visual Cultures Screening


Monday, 19 December 2022

11:00 – 14:00 Tutor/Student Workshop + Carmen Lael Hines (Preliminary Presentations) 

18:00 – 20:00: Lemonot (Lorenzo Perri + Sabrina Morreale) and Urban Radicals (Era Savvides + Nasios Varnavas)
Public Programme: Shaping Narratives and Designing Relationships


January 2023


Monday, 9 January 2023

14:00 – 16:00: Carmen Lael Hines
Seminar: Care of the Self and Collective Thinking


Tuesday, 10 January 2023

11:00 – 13:00 Tutor/Student Workshop


Tuesday, 17 January 2023

11:00 – 13:00 Tutor/Student Workshop


Monday, 23 January 2023

Final Presentation of Student Work (public), guest jury: Into the Black Box collective


For further information in English see the TISS pages of individual courses and the departmental homepage: 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

Induction meeting: Mon 3 Oct 2022, 2-4pm
Seminar room AA 03 1 (main building, 3rd floor)

Online: You are going to find the links to the individual Zoom dates on TUWEL

For detailed information in English see the departmental website: https://visualculture.tuwien.ac.at/teaching



Course dates

Mon14:00 - 16:0003.10.2022Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Modul Visuelle Kultur - Einführung
Mon14:00 - 20:0010.10.2022Seminarraum AC0440 Modul Visuelle Kultur
Tue11:00 - 13:0011.10.2022Seminarraum AC0440 Modul Visuelle Kultur
Thu13:00 - 17:0003.11.2022Seminarraum AC0440 Modul Visuelle Kultur - Seminar
Thu18:00 - 20:0003.11.2022Seminarraum AA 03 - 1 Modul Visuelle Kultur - Vortrag
Thu19:00 - 22:0003.11.2022Seminarraum AC0440 Modul Visuelle Kultur - Seminar
Mon18:00 - 20:0019.12.2022Seminarraum AC0440 Modul Visuelle Kultur - Vortrag

Examination modalities

Active participation; project work; short texts; presentations


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Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
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