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Course Catalogue WS 2021/22


Uh-huh, uh-huh, they be stupid

Specialist seminar
WS 21/22
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2

Dates - place & time

27.10.2126.01.22Mittwoch2-wöchentlich14:00 - 16:00Filzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02
from-to14:00 - 16:00
LocationFilzengraben 2, Atelier Netze, H. 4.02

Seminar description

Hybridunterricht, daher im Atelier Netze H 4.02 und auf Discord
(Netze Server:

‘Uh-huh, uh-huh. Like kick ass. Anyway, I don't wanna sound. Like a dick or nothing, but I looked at your dates and it seems like your fucked up, you talk like a fa*, and your sh*t may be reta*ded. What I'd do, grrl, is get plenty of unrest. KHM doesn't lie, gringo. But hear me – there's plenty of 'ta*ds out there doing real kickass careers. My first guy was reta*ded and he is a cu*ator and has a g*llry now.’ Idiocracy (2006, adapted)

Idiocracy. Idiocrazy. In this seminar, we take a look at the concept of dumb, stupid, ignorant, uneducated, and all the capabilities and freedoms that come with the inability to understand, voice, conceptualize and convey one’s and other’s ideas into conversations, or even sparkle curiosity and, like, be transformed into work that kinda of contributes to society.

What role does contemporary and digital art play in the context of idiocracy? Amplify or counteract? How to deal with society asking art to be educational and dictative instead of experimental and free. What are the implications on one’s work when dealing with idiocracy-like institutions & algorithms, art producers, NFT-bros, insta, and superficial & anxious curators? Is ‘intellectual’ art a dead- end or just a dream outta Old Europe?

We look at art that examines the idea of ‘Idiocracy’ and at art that is idiocratic. We will watch, like, some films and try to decipher things that are written with, like, words and then, like, talk about stuff with, like, heavy words.

This seminar is stupid and: #NoChildLeftBehind.

Subsequent changes / additions

We'll invite seminar guests, and record the podcast ‘The Octopus’.

Student office

Claudia Warnecke

Juliane Schwibbert

Patricia Thüs

Peter-Welter-Platz 2

50676 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 119 / 187 / 249
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 49119

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 h, or send us an e-mail.

Winter semester 2022/23

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 17, 2022 until Feb. 10, 2023

Summer semester 2023

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 11, 2023 until Jul. 14, 2023

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