Field research: art world Zurich

Project with Christian Tarnai (Munich)

Front, Field, Line, Plane

The idea and images of protest have moved to the foreground recently both in the work of artists and in the global media. On the one hand, artists are documenting the wave of protests that have built up since the memorable moment of Seattle in 1999 up to the ascendance of the Occupy movement; and …

The Field of Art in Hamburg

Volker Pekron deals with questions related to the distribution of contemporary art in Hamburg. As the frame of reference for his empirical study, he did not choose notions such as the »art world« or the »(operating) system art«, but Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of the field that is connoted with …

Temporalities of the Artistic Field. On the Practice, Materiality and Historicity of Artistic Production

In his talk, Hilmar Schäfer will raise questions on how artistic production can be grasped as a movement of practices and materialities through time. To this end, Pierre Bourdieu’s field and practice theory can first be used to establish a conceptual frame of reference. However, his neglect of …

Screening with Zoe Leonard, Catherine Saalfield, Philipp Gufler and Liane Klingler

A screening of Zoe Leonard & Catherine Saalfield, Keep your laws off my body, 1990 Philipp Gufler, Lana Kaiser, 2021 Philipp Gufler, Becoming-Rabe, 2015 Liane Klinger & Philipp Gufler, Conversation with Erich Haas, 2016

Agreements, Conflicts, and Censorship in the Artistic Field

In spring of 2015, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) hit the headlines. Disputes surrounding a sculpture by the Austrian artist Ines Doujak featured in the show »The Beast and is the Sovereign« (curators: Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Paul B. Preciado, and Valentín Roma) led to …

The Image as Battlefield in the Global Cold War. From the Revolutionary Image towards the Humanitarian Misunderstanding

Between 1980 and 1986 a number of four-week courses for photography took place in Beirut, Aden (Yemen), Berlin, and Tunis. The participants were wounded, aged or young revolutionaries of various Palestinian organizations and communist associations in Lebanon who in cooperation with Horst Sturm – …

Self-Organization in the Field of Cultural Production

In the workshop, different forms of self-organization of artists from the 1990s up to the present will be presented and discussed. 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Séverine Marguin (Paris, Berlin): Self-Organized Off-Spaces in Berlin and Paris 13:30 pm - 14:30 pm Wiebke Gronemeyer (Hamburg): …

Backstage I

Exhibition in three parts and three phases »Ozarichi, März 1944« in UC, Hall 25 »Megalothymia« in UC, building 10, ground floor Christian Boltanski, »Die Archive der Großeltern« in UC, building 7, basement Opening of »Backstage I« on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7pm in lecture hall 5 with …

Art and its Frames. Continuity and Change

with Beatrice von Bismarck (Leipzig/Berlin), Julia Bryan-Wilson (Berkeley), Helmut Draxler (Berlin/Nürnberg), Andrea Fraser (Los Angeles), Renée Green (Cambridge, Mass.), Hannes Loichinger (Lüneburg), Sven Lütticken (Amsterdam), John Miller (New York), Marion von Osten (Berlin), Gerald Raunig …

Der Bäcker gibt mir das Brot auch so

Introduction: Ulf Wuggenig, Leuphana

Representations of the "Other". The Visual Anthropology of Pierre Bourdieu

Kunstraum der Leuphana Universitaet Lueneburg und Gallery of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in cooperation with the Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung Berlin

Conceptual Paradise


Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote III

with Daniel Buren, Diego Castro, Maria Eichhorn, Katja Staats, Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Phillip Zach, nOffice

Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote II

Dealing with – Some books, visuals, and works related to American Fine Arts, Co. Art Club 2000, Patterson Beckwith, J. St. Bernard, John Dogg, Jackie McAllister, James Meyer at Halle fuer Kunst, Lueneburg, and Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Karl Holmqvist, Phillip Zach at Kunstraum of …

Backstage II

Exhibition in three parts and three phases »Ozarichi, März 1944« in campus hall 25 »Megalothymia« in campus building 10, ground floor Christian Boltanski, »Die Archive der Großeltern« in campus building 7, basement Opening of »Backstage II« on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:15pm with short presentations …

Backstage III

Exhibition in three parts and phases »Ozarichi, März 1944« in campus hall 25 »Megalothymia« in campus building 10, ground floor Christian Boltanski, »Die Archive der Großeltern« in campus building 7, basement Opening of »Backstage III« on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30pm with short presentations and a …

Against Masculine Domination. Building the Body

Female bodybuilding has been discussed as a queer practice of transgressing stereotypes of sex, gender and essentialist forms of identity, as well as a field in which, in a paradoxical way, open and veiled practices of reproduction of such stereotypes and the common-sense gender binary (especially …

Autogestion. Self-Organization and Social Transformation

From the Right to the City movement to the Transition Towns network, the role of self-organization has come back to the front stage of social, political and environmental practices involving activists as well as artists. How do self-organized communities search for »paths through utopia«? What is …

The Anomie of the World of Finance

The changes in the financial markets have offered unimagined possibilities for individual and collective actors – »rational egoists« – with dramatic economic and social effects. The crises in Greece and Spain give recent examples. New forms of investment can be observed in the cultural fields as …

The Sensorial + the Conceptual Mix

from the series of lectures “Conceptual Paradise. Artistic Practice in the Age of the Social Web”


With Dan Peterman’s installation “Extended Falster Video / Greenhouse” a “Nonsite” in the sense of Robert Smithson is created in the foyer of the library of the University of Lüneburg. a park on the Danish island of Falster will be referenced, which will serve as a …

Acousmatics as a Laboratory

Acousmatics is a way of staging the voice in which the carrier of the voice is deliberately kept invisible. The Larousse Dictionary defines acousmatics as a sound that we hear without being able to see its origin. With the invention of radiophony and telephony, acousmatics – voices without a body – …

Art, Ecology and Sustainable Development

The symposium “Art, ecology and sustainable development” deals with ecologically oriented art/architecture and investigates the relevance of the current discourses on “sustainable development”, which also accompany the EXPO 2000 in Hannover, for art and the art field. The …

Art in the Periphery of the Center

Peripheries are profoundly ambiguous regions. While trying to build an attachment to their center, the periphery often finds itself marginalized or even excluded both on a structural and actor-related level – no matter if the center-periphery model is defined in terms of space or along relations of …

Creating Effects. On the Ideology and Efficiency and Its Institutions

Following the main line of the project transform, which investigates new forms of institutional critique between 2005 and 2008, the conference “Creating Effects” will research the ideology and effectivity of creativity and its institutions in postfordist capitalism. When creativity, virtuosity and …

The city is our factory

Christoph Schäfer will present his artistic-activist approach at the Kunstraum on the basis of his widely received visual essay ‘The City is our Factory,’ which was published in 2010 by Spector Books. Using a water color pen, Christoph Schäfer traced in this essay the conceptual landscapes and …

The First Congress of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft

Keynotes by Sigrid Weigel (Berlin), Andreas Reckwitz (Frankfurt/Oder), Heidrun Friese (Chemnitz), and Orit Halpern (Montréal)

Henri Lefebvre, the State and Social Movements

The event is held in the context of the exhibition »Front, Field, Line, Plane – Researching the Militant Image« by Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter/Jeff Derksen/Helmut Weber), who in 2009 already cooperated with Klaus Ronneberger for the project »Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade«.

In the Place of the Public Sphere / Publicum. Theorien der Öffentlichkeit

On the occasion of the appearance of two new publications on theories of the public sphere, the editors present these volumes for discussion: Simon Sheik (ed.), In the Place of the Public Sphere. Berlin 2005 (B-Books); Gerald Raunig and Ulf Wuggenig (eds.), Publicum. Theories of the Public Sphere. …

Militante Untersuchung als artistic research?

One repeatedly encounters the concept of »militant research« in the most various contexts like the social movements in Argentina, job centres in Berlin-Neukölln, May Day marches, leftist anthologies, and, since a decade, in the field of art and theory production, as well. This concept arose not …

Peninsula Europe. The Force Majeure Works

Continuing a tradition of symposia (»Art, Ecology and Sustainable Development«, 2000) and artistic projects at the Kunstraum that have addressed issues of ecology and sustainability (Dan Peterman »Greenhouse«, 1998 and Fabrice Hybert »pof83 [pylône]«, 2000 amongst others), Helen Mayer Harrison and …

Recounting the Past, Present and Future. Art, Sense of Place and Society

The question of whether art should respond to social responsibilities is not new and has been addressed by innumerable artists and authors. For the Palestinian art institute Al Hoash, it has been important since its foundation in 2004 to take part in social debates and activities – in line with its …

UIQ (the unmaking-of)

»UIQ (the unmaking-of)« (2015, 78 min) is a spatialized electro-acoustic soundwork, or invisible film, that filmmaker-artists Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni have created around Félix Guattari’s unmade science-fiction screenplay, »Un Amour d’UIQ« (A Love of UIQ). Working with the …

1 - 1 = 2 Hybert-Marché

With Fabrice Hybert and Hans Ulrich Obrist in cooperation with the ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

The Campus as a Work of Art

An artistic work in two parts with Christian Philipp Müller


International group exhibition in the context of the project transform Artists: Andreas Fogarasi, Katya Sander, Urtica, art and media research group

Economies of Misery

An exhibition of photographs by Pierre Bourdieu In cooperation with Camera Austria Graz (Christine Frisinghelli), University of Geneva, Département de Sociologie (Franz Schultheis) and Fondation Pierre Bourdieu, Geneva


The eponymous exhibition combines filmed art works, tribunal documentaries, and artistic works that address and critique the institution of the tribunal – as well as a spatial intervention designed by Mirjam Thomann – created for this exhibition, and framing it in an installation-like language as a site of negotiation.


Following a rally in Paris in conjunction with a Hybert exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fabrice Hybert and students from the University of Lüneburg transformed the campus of the University of Lüneburg into a test track for Hybert’s prototypes of participatory …

ACT − Program in Art, Culture, Technology. Artistic research and transdisciplinary cooperation at MIT

from the series of lectures “Conceptual Paradise. Artistic Practice in the Age of the Social Web”

Algeria 1960. Pierre Bourdieu's initiation journey into sociology

Lecture Algeria 1960. Pierre Bourdieu’s initiation journey into sociology Friday, 04.02.2005, 14.30 h Workshop Visual Anthropology. Pierre Bourdieu in Algeria Friday, 04.02.2005, 15.00 h - open end Saturday, 05.02.2005, 10.00 h - open end

Art and Economics Since the Crisis

Since the start of the last economic crisis in 2007/08, there has been much discussion of art’s imbrication with money, specifically its instrumentalization in burgeonining cultures of art investing and financial instruments in the art field. Alongside these conversations, there have been important …

Art at Auction. A Record of Records

Christophe Spaenjers is an economist from Belgium, known in the contemporary field of art for his historical research on the art market. »Art and Money«, available in two papers co-authored with William Goetzmann (Yale University) and Luc Renneboog (Tilburg University) in 2010 and 2011, is his best …

Assistances (Working Title) w/ Valentina Desideri, Stefano Harney, Jason Hirata, Will Holder, Annick Kleizen, Cally Spooner, Eric Golo Stone, Mathilde Supe, Terre Thaemlitz, Marina Vishmidt

The event can also be attended online via Zoom (Password: assistant). Day 1:

The True Value of Art

Roman Kräussl’s lecture deals with development trends on art markets, particularly with the phenomenon of high price phases preferably termed »bubble« in journalistic texts. However, using economic definitions as a basis, bubbles are actually a rare phenomenon in the art market. Against this …

Practice in Art Criticism

Art criticism today can’t exclusively be concerned with the description and classification of works of art any more. Rather art criticism has to reflect on the terms and conditions of the artistic field, that have dramatically changed since the 1980s and which at least co-determine what and …

Research Avatara Species Transformellae and the WordWideWitch. Constructed bodies harvesting psycho-realist knowledge

Transformellae and WordWideWitch are just two of the multiple, fictional identities and hysterical-subversive drag characters of the artist Johannes Paul Raether. They are drawn from Raether’s cyclical performance system Systema identitekturae, in which he has been gathering embodiments as well as …

From Models to Monsters. Representing the World Economy and its Discontents

A Workshop by the DFG Research Training Group »Cultures of Critique«

I want to be a dog in America

Stih & Schnock are Berlin based artists, who explore how memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected symbolically in culture and urban space. There is to be found an ongoing interest in collections and museums, which they conceive as places of collective cultural memory. In …

(Colonial)Archaeology and Contemporary Art

The artists’ colloquium emerges from the »(Colonial) Archaeology and Contemporary Art« seminar within the »Practice Field Art« program. The seminar focuses on the colonial histories of archaeology in the Middle East and Egypt, and on the relationship between imperialism, capitalism and …

Art as sociopolitical intervention? Projects by the artist group 'WochenKlausur'

At the invitation of art institutions, WochenKlausur has been realizing socio-political projects since 1993. As the name suggests, it bundles all energies and artistic strategies in a limited time (six weeks) in order to achieve concrete improvements in our coexistence. WochenKlausur sees a great …

New Patrons in Hamburg

The project of the “New Patrons” in Hamburg is a film by Harun Farocki on the work of the Quickborner Team (QT). The consulting firm specialised in designing office spaces is currently developing a new “consulting product”. During the past years, QT always called for …

ReproReality HackLab 005 – 006, FertilityCave 1.0.7

»ReproReality HackLabs« are a series of gatherings of likeminded and associated as well as individuals to discuss ideas and develop tools around Reproductive Technologies. They aim to extract these Technologies from their biopolitical determination. »ReproReality HackLabs« are hosted by a lifeline …

TRANSFORM. Institution and critique

Under the title TRANSFORM, a transnational research project funded by the EU Culture 2000 priority will be launched this fall as a successor to re publicart. Over the next three years, the project will explore aspects of the relationship between institution and critique. Coordinated by the …

Contemporary Art and African Perspectives

Moderation: Beate Söntgen

Second Congress of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft

Approximating Migrant and Filmic Practices Using the Example of Harraga Lecture by Brigitta Kuster with subsequent discussion Friday, October 7, 2016, 2:00–3:45 p.m. Session of the section »Kulturwissenschaftliche Ästhetik« (Cultural-Analysis Aesthetics) Discussion of Susanne Leeb’s and Ruth …

all our tomorrows

International group exhibition in the frame of the project translate Artists: Donald Rodney, Shilpa Gupta, Hetain Patel, Owusu-Ankomah, Elmgreen and Dragset, Song Dong, Zhang Dali, Yukiko Terada, Hew Locke, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Sabine Fassl, Johannes Wohnseifer and Lisl Ponger

Assistances (Working Title)

A two-day workshop with Valentina Desideri, Stefano Harney, Jason Hirata, Will Holder, Annick Kleizen, Cally Spooner, Eric Golo Stone, Mathilde Supe, Terre Thaemlitz, Marina Vishmidt

The assistant who doesn’t identify with their work is often a bringer of horrible mood, which is not to be underestimated. In fact, it can serve us as a methodology...

Demanding Supplies – Nachfragende Angebote I

with nOffice (Markus Miessen, Ralf Pflugfelder, Magnus Nilsson), Berlin/London


An exhibition organized by Leuphana Arts Program (LAP), hosted by Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg with Martin John Callanan (UK), Driessens & Verstappen (NL), Sabrina Raaf (US), Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag (DE), and Herwig Turk (AT/PT)

Import / Export Funk Office

Project and exhibition with Renée Green in cooperation with Kulturinformatik (Martin Warnke)


A project with Hans Peter Feldmann and Hans Ulrich Obrist


Exhibition in collaboration with students and the Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, in the frame of the project transform


EU-Project in cooperation with Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Wien, A Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, LV Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, A MACBA, Barcelona, E


Kunstraum of the Leuphana University Lüneburg is delighted to announce the opening of Philipp Gufler´s solo exhibition "Unterwerfungen". Bringing together old and new works and structured by Gufler’s ongoing collaboration with the self-organized Forum Queeres Archiv München, "Unterwerfungen" tracks the various ways in which Gufler stages archival material, resisting the heteronormative capture of a resistant past.

Workshop: Organization as a Medium of Contemporary Art

In artistic and activist practices since the 1990s, we can grasp a search for alternative modes of organizing within and against corporate capitalism. In turn, the challenges of organizing beyond spontaneist networks began to be thought and worked through more systematically in the wake of the …

To care for people before us

The practice seminar "To care for people before us" with visual artist Philipp Gufler takes as its starting point his many years of practice and artistic research with queer and self-organized archives and examines the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion of (hetereo)normative and hegemonic historiography through intergenerational archival work.

Between Intervention and Performance. The revolutionary theater practice of Asja Lācis in the context of the Soviet avant-garde

With this seminar, the scholar Mimmi Woisnitza (theatre and cultural studies) and the artist and director Konstanze Schmitt continue their artistic-scientific collaboration on the avant-garde theater maker Asja Lācis. The aim of their research project “Open Relations” is to make Lācis …