eipcp News
11 2009

Zurich: Studying Theory at the Art University

Gerald Raunig


Theory is  booming ...

... along the final frontiers of the art field,  across the flight lines of social conflicts, on the glossy surfaces of the  creative industries. All the same, an ever-widening gulf is opening up  between the mere desire for theory and an actual relationship of exchange  between cultural practices and knowledge production.

Unique in  Europe, the courses offered by the Theory major address these gaps and  fractures by establishing an interplay between advanced theory and the free  space of the art school. Surpassing the boundaries of academic convention,  the systematic course structure provides students with a substantiated  overview and opportunities to try out new forms of text and theory  production, of aesthetic and political intervention.

The  specialisation offers an introduction to the topical drift of aesthetic,  political and cultural studies, and aims to lay the foundations for critical  and theoretically versed authorship. Specific to this major is the focus on  artistic practice and popular and everyday culture, as well as the  examination of their social and political dimensions. In the course of this  preoccupation with  contemporary discourses, students develop textual,  conceptual, and organizational skills enabling them to analyze, shape and  reinvent cultural practices.
Courses mainly in German  language.

At http://vth.zhdk.ch <http://vth.zhdk.ch/> you find  information about Studying Theory at the Art University as well as  announcements about our current events, projects and  publications.

Information day: 24 November  2009
http://www.zhdk.ch/index.php?id=11702  <http://www.zhdk.ch/index.php?id=11702>  

Deadline for applications (autumn term 2010/2011): 19  February 2010

Please distribute widely.

All the  best,

Gerald Raunig / Klaus Schönberger

Leitung Vertiefung  Theorie
Bachelor Medien und Kunst
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste  ZHdK