Teaching

Here is a selection of courses I have taught in the past:

Fall Term 2013, Zurich University of the Arts, Bachelor of Media & Art, Specialization Media Arts

Of Monads and Multitutes: A Leibniz-Seminart on Philosophy and Media Art
Leibniz counts as one of the last polymaths and universal scholars of modernity. His mathematical insights are founding pillars of modern computing, his ideas have shaped modern theories of relativity and define a crucial aspect of mathematical topology. In parallel to his mathematical inventions Leibniz pursued a philosophical cosmology. A central element of his philosophical oeuvre is the so-called Monadology, a short piece of writing developing over 90 paragraphs the concept of the monad as simple or singular substance.

Many of the concepts developed in the Monadology like body, multitude, perception, and affect remain highly relevant for contemporary aesthetic discourse. What kind of artistic practices exist allowing us to explore a more than 300 year old text? Throughout the seminar we will unpack the original source with the help of materials from media art, theory, literature and through aesthetic experiments. Small exercises will help developing the concept and procedures for the final work. The work has to relate to a thorough engagement with the original text but the format is open. The focus resides in finding ways of engaging with text and philosophy as specific forms of expression. From here we will seek suitable transformations according to our contemporary cultural and media environments. The leitmotif of the seminar might be: “How can our contemporary media practices open interfaces and techniques for new practices dealing with historical and philosophical texts?”

Spring-Term 2013 and Fall-Term 2013, Zurich University of the Arts, inter-faculty BA-level, Z-Module, co-taught with Amélie Brisson-Darveau

Beyond the Network: Affect, Art and Media:
How to Rework Networks through Artistic Practices and Affect Theory
It is almost common sense that we live in times of complex relations often described as networks of various kinds. In everyday life and art media have taken a prominent role in working with network metaphors. On the one hand, media and their networks often build on assumptions of fixed position and coherent form. On the other hand, their very functions and operations are associated with flows and change being more important than position and clear form.

In this course we want to work creatively with this apparent paradox of media networks between fixed forms and open flows. We propose to engage in a series of theoretical and artistic readings as well as artistic works concerned with networks, but also fibres, structures and textures. Our goal is to develop techniques of experimenting beyond fixed network metaphors in our own practices. How “things” come together and to which effects is our main concern. We will engage in group discussions, performative practices and case studies (including excursions and guests).

Spring-Term 2012 and Fall-Term 2012, Zurich University of the Arts, inter-faculty BA-level, Z-Module, co-taught with Amélie Brisson-Darveau

How to MakeYourself  a Body without Organs
Have you ever felt that things are more in-between or beginning from the middle than being strictly one thing or the other? This seminar explores the concept of “relational movement” through art works, text material and in-class experimentation in relation to the role of the “body” and “performance” in our disciplines (music, art, performance, philosophy ). We will engage collectively with the materials to develop a conceptual and practical “toolbox” at the same time enriching and challenging our own disciplinary practices. By foregrounding a relational approach we will address creative processes in light of their singularity, historically, but also and most crucially affectively. Positing such creative practices in the context of experience will lead us to investigate the relations between aesthetic practice and thinking and their cultural and political implications.

Winter Term 2010, Concordia University, BA in Computation Arts

New Media Theory
This course explores different modes of analysis concerning New Media in their appearance, function and materiality. The aim of the course is not so much to learn about the different media formats that exist but rather to explore techniques for understanding and analyzing their role in a social, cultural and political environment.  We will work with a series of complex readings that are going to help us along the way to develop critical perspectives on the relation between media and society. The course requires more than any other course in the program, a thorough reading and writing practice and the necessary time to do so. The readings are challenging and we will spend a good dose of our weekly meetings on exploring them. The aim is to become more versatile in our modes of thought and our capability of critical analysis. This will in the long run not only help us to develop our very own coherent critical voices but will also familiarize us with techniques of reading, writing and thinking. The course builds on your background as artists and practitioners and serves you as profound engagement with your everyday practices and encounters on a theoretical and practical level. Without predefining the final outcome, one of the major goals will be to familiarize us with a body of theory in relation to our everyday worlds and practices and their integration into larger assemblages such as the nation state, media networks or institutions such as the university.