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Institut für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften
Masterstudium; Critical Studies
Betreuung: Spiegl, Andreas
Questions of Cosmopolitanism and Boundaries of Space in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: The Relationship Between Art Spaces and the Policy of Inclusion and Exclusion in them, 2020–1994
Abschlussjahr: 2020
This thesis investigates how the art context and the educational discourses allow and produce “third spaces” at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In this sense the thesis is arguing to achieve similar possibility of the third spaces through the Academy’s legal system. Those arguments are based on my subjective experience, a journey through those combinations. The thesis starts from thinking about the following dualisms in order to blur the lines between them. These dualisms are:art sphere – legal system, art – theory, West – East, exclusion – inclusion, necro-politics – biopower and drawing – writing.

The method is based on following: the process of drawing which highlights the possibilities of “the third spaces” that are generated from the similarities among such dualism whether one puts it West – East or drawing – writing.

The methodological approach is also “an act” of unfolding experiences: experiences of different spaces and boundaries, of the body, of reading, thinking and writing. These experiences are thought of as subjective, producing subjective forms of knowledge. One could think of this in terms of “body knowledge”.

This knowledge and these traces appear in different forms of in-betweenness in which I was constructing and deconstructing elements from the surrounding such as: architecture, language and narration, and the emotional relation to these elements. This constructing and deconstructing takes place in the two-dimensional or dualistic spheres I already referred to – of writing and drawing, theory and art (etc.): it is a form of in-between duality, of imagining and becoming appears.

My approach to the theoretical has the aspect of working with body knowledge, subjective knowledge the knowledge of my experience between the spaces, it is important to have that in mind that I am not only on the theoretical the approach to the personal experience, the drawing which appears in the thesis is always accompanying it. In that sense the structure of the thesis follow a journey of telling personal experiences where each times they mentioned they are followed by a reflection on specific questions which arise or related to those boundaries.

The thesis is a hybrid form of drawing and writing include mixed/hybrid linguistic elements as well, and are the reason behind deciding to make a hard cut between some chapters, using the drawings themselves, where the drawings appear in the thesis in a surprising and harsh way sometimes. Those decisions are based on the experiences of boundaries. Those practices show the possibilities that art spaces have. The hybrid form of mixing the languages has its emotional and personal relation. This hybrid form work in the both direction to breaks or highlights the hierarchy. This mixed usage of Begriffe and drawing and the languages are another hybrid form in themselves.
Thank to my supervisors, Andreas Spiegl and Veronika Dirnhofer, who convincingly guided, encouraged and challenged me to do a better work even when the road got tough. Without their persistent help and trust since the beginning of my study, the goal of this project would not have been realized, my deepest gratitude for their patience with re-reading many versions of the text and for all the discussions and constructive feedbacks that followed. For giving me a space and the opportunity to grow on a practical and theoretical level as well as on a personal level; Katrin Schmiderer for her help in lecturing and proofreading; my friends: Maria Gleu and Mathias Kropfitsch for the deep discussions on the topic, Anna Petschinka and Emilia Lichtenwagner for casting a constractive feedbacks on lecturing the texts.
To my friends and colleges: Adina Camhy, Eszter Katalin, Lioba Kasper, Robin Klengel, Simon Nagy and Laura Nitsch. Warm thanks to Lisl Ponger.
To my family, my extended family: family Bloch and family Gant for their continuous encouragement throughout my years of study and through the process of researching, writing this thesis.
The Stipendienstelle Wien, the 2nd Year Scholarship and the project founding for the financial support during my study time at the Academy. And the ÖH Sozialreferat for giving me orientation and information about forms and applications.