The Art World

Total Hours
Semester B
Course Day
Time 16:00 - 19:30

The stylization of life is now a common trend from stem-cell research to cosmetic surgery, and from life-coaches to the politics of bare life. Life today is becoming a material to be shaped or a code that we can rewrite and extend. In this presentation I will review new developments in media and culture that relates to life as material or as form. And focus on a few artists, such as Robert Irwin, Marina Abramovic, and Tino Sehgal, who expose our forms of life in experimental, sensual, and conversational ways. As a theoretical background I will review some contemporary possibilities for addressing the medium of life in Wittgenstein, Foucault and Agamben. And mention historical precedents and dangers in the attempt to shape life aesthetically in German Romanticism, The Total Work of Art, and Bauhaus.