Ephemerals - Contemporary Art Practices & their Documentation

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373ECAP credit 2 2 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

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Ephemerals is a course for exploring alternative contemporary art practices from theoretical, historical and practical perspectives. After a lecture investigating a subject's methods & reasons we’ll “make something”, often in public, every second week. Art as a gesture.

But what remains? How do we document our practices? This is the subtext for our work. Art as direct action, with the idea of leaving explicative traces.

The course’s content will change depending on the students enrolled. Students gain an understanding of contemporary art practices beyond traditional mediums and techniques. The course emphasizes experimentation, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Course Structure: in one class we’ll have a subject lecture. In the second, the following week we’ll make an artwork following similar principles.

Learning outcomes

To introduce students to alternative contemporary art practices.

To provide students with a theoretical and historical context for these practices.

To explore different methods for creation.

To foster experimentation, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Attendance and participation in 70% of classes

Completion of 4 out of 6 exercises


Situationist International readings

The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space, ed. Don Mitchell

Participation, ed.Claire Bishop (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art)

Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, Shannon Jackson

The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, James C. Scott

Direct Action, An Ethnography, David Graeber

Deep Listenng: A Composer’s Sound Practice, Pauline Oliveros

The Third Mind, Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs

The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord

The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau

Dialogues, Claire Parnet and Gilles Deleuze

Documentation and the Information of Art, Marc Kosciejew, online article

Practice, eds. Marcus Boon and Gabriel Levine (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art)

The Everyday, ed. Stephen Johnstone (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art)

Evaluation methods and criteria



Example Course Topics:

Pop-up spaces

Questionnaires and surveys

Artistic interventions, hacks in public physical and/or digital spaces


Daily practice and its relation to artistic research

Audio walks, audio annotations and sonic actions

Polemics, manifestos and detournement in art

Land Art as micro practice

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

room SF 3116
Studio FAMU - VR LAB

(Klimentská ulice)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:00–15:35 Eric ROSENZVEIG Studio FAMU - VR LAB
Klimentská ulice
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans