Germany, Weimar

Digital vs. Material - Engaging with Material Things in a Virtual World

when 18 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Today, the Internet has become an indispensible part of our everyday lives. Digital culture has expanded our reality by a dimension, which is phantom-like, odourless, tasteless, and purely virtual.

In this seminar we will ask how digitalization has changed our approach to materiality and corporality - and we’ll use the tension of this cultural shift as a creative resource. Following an 'artistic research' methodology, we will engage in both theoretical and practical exercises.

• We will look at popular Internet phenomena, discuss interesting reading material (McLuhan, Flusser, Donna Haraway), and we will learn about works by contemporary and postmodern artists who have reflected upon our relationship • In the framework of guided practical studio sessions, we will work with our hands and develop objects, which establish a playful dialogue between online and offline realities. Snapchat masks and face recognition technology, for example, will lead us the basic themes ‘mask and face’; and – as part of the theme ‘hand’ – we will turn “25 things about me” (a meme from 2009) into a material object of poetic autobiography.
• Our hands-on excercises and experimental objects will then, on a daily-basis, be performed and uploaded to our class’s Instagram account (using easy apps we will make gifs and video clips).

The creative challenge of this seminar is therefore twofold: How can we render Internet phenomena tangible? And how can we successfully document and display our creative output on the Internet?

At the end of this seminar, we will have learnt about artistic strategies, media philosophical ideas, and Internet-related documentation techniques; we will have met with exciting guest artists and researchers, and we will have undermined the Internet by our very own collection of curious objects.

Course leader

Katharina Weinstock & Paola Bascon

Target group

This course is open to all students (BA and MFA programmes) in the fields of art, cultural studies, and curatorial studies. Artistic abilities are warmly welcome.

Course aim

After this course, you will have learnt about artistic strategies, media philosophical ideas, and Internet-related documentation techniques; you will have met with exciting guest artists and researchers, and we will have undermined the Internet by our very own collection of curious objects.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks | 90 hrs

The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: The course fee for students is 500 EUR.


The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar