Zoom – Peer to peer

Today’s peer to peer sessions were first dedicated to some of the structural implementations of the website as the part of the process. Then, each participant discussed the content and progression of her/his research and the project with the lecturer. Each session was lasted from 1 to 2 hours.


This session was dedicated to create a network map of the keywords that the participants process in their projects. The participants and the lecturer worked on it manually. The lecturer will integrate this map by using a network mapping applications to the website, so that it will allow the participants to add further data in future. Each project was discussed one by one by while having discussions on the keywords and intersecting points of the on-going researches. In the mean time, each participant briefly presented their idea-logs along with the developments with their research.

Some suggestions regarding the participation to the Angewandte Festival 2020 and some further physical activities in both cities in Autumn were also discussed.


Due to the fact that the positive coronavirus cases rapidly increased in Austria, on 10 March 2020, the government announced that all universities would close their classes at the latest by 16 March. Travel restrictions followed that decision. All of these developments dictated drastic changes with the calendar and the structure of the Spectral Encounters Course.

Senova conducted peer to peer sessions with all the participants. The conceptual framework of the projects, working methodologies, and timeline of the programme were discussed. She also introduced and suggested some other writers and some references to the participants.

As one of the “distant learning” tools, Senova asked the participants to develop individual idea-logs and to share them weekly with the class. Extending the course to the next semester was also taken into consideration.

Besprechungsraum 13, The Angewandte, Vienna & KLF Office, Tunis Skype

Each participant gave a brief and introductory presentation of her/his project. Each project was discussed by underlying the common reference points among the research strains and the fields of interest. Senova introduced some theoretical texts and terms, such as Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas about rhizomatic thinking and then the terms “Smooth and Striated Space” were discussed, or some examples of Vilém Flusser’s analysis on apparatus (in his book Towards a Philosophy of Photography) and Susan Sontag’s emphasis on context (in her book On Photography)…etc. Plenty of connections were made among the works and these references.

The class continued about the Vienna special programme and they started to propose additional venues and activities. Anne Klontz’s—of Konstfack (Stockholm)—lecture and workshop was confirmed for the 23rd of March. An assignment about “keywords” was given to the participants.

Besprechungsraum 13, The Angewandte, Vienna & KLF Office, Tunis Skype

It was the first day of the class and it was used as an opportunity to present each participant’s visions and expectations, projected to the programme. The session provided insight into course expectations and requirements along with the Octopus Programme’s future goals. Then, each participant introduced her/himself and summarized their research and project proposals.

Both participants’ and instructor’s responsibilities were set. The class started to talk about the Tunis and Vienna special programmes that will be realized in April and May. In the meantime, requirements (such as Visa procedures, booking of flights..etc.) for these travels were also discussed.

initial meetings
The Angewandte, Vienna & Skype/Zoom

A set of meetings with the participants about the Octopus Programme and Spectral Encounter’s syllabus took place at Senova’s office or via Skype.