Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students will grasp how labour stands as one of the most pivotal and formative concerns within the history, present, and future of artistic practice and curating. They will understand how artistic/curatorial labour has been theorised and reflected on in relation to the economy and its historical transformations. This course will help students better situate the labour they perform within a wider socio-economic framework.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.01.2021 - 19.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Bassam El Baroni, Pia Euro

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Bassam El Baroni, Pia Euro

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course introduces central theories around art in relation to work, labour, economic abstraction, value, wage, financialization, and commodification from various perspectives, for example, post-Frankfurt school, Feminist, Speculative and Neo-Rationalist analyses and lines of thinking. These theories intersect with discussions on technology, computation and contemporary financial instruments and their impact on artistic/curatorial labour, epistemologies, and ways of working. The course will also address how various forms of activism have taken up the question of labour in connection to the expanded field of art and curating. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Coursework and course participation.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    55 hours of contact teaching, 80 hours of individual work. Requirement of all schedules activities a minimum of 80%.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Readings in Theory and Philosophy

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    10 Reduced Inequality



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