THINKTANK 2021/2021

This page is dedicated to the research process of the 2020 participants’ projects.

The participants first formulated their projects through their applications for the programme. These proposals were first discussed with peer to peer sessions with the lecturer, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Basak Senova. These sessions were either conducted by Senova in person with the Austrian participants or via Skype or Zoom with the Tunisian participants. Starting from the 16th of March, all of the meetings and activities have been moved to online platforms.

From the beginning of the semester, the participants have been aquatinted with each other’s researches and on-going projects through Skype and Zoom sessions that have been designed and moderated by Senova. And since, in the syllabus, some weeks are also dedicated to peer to peer sessions, Senova also continues to communicate with the students for individual sessions according to the schedule of the “Spectral Encounters” course.

Thinktank 2020 consists of 3 inter-related components as (i) Idealogs; (ii) Intersections; and References/Links.

Intersections page is about the thematic, form-based, and research-based links and similarities among the participants’ research and projects. Its starting point was a network map of the keywords that the participants process in their projects.

References/Links page displays the reading suggestions, literature, and also some online links to the other projects or events or issues.

Octopus Programme 2020 presented two publications for the Angewandte Festival. As the first outcome of the project, two publications was in circulation during the Angewandte Festival. The first publication “The Rehearsal” was a collaborative artist book that was assembled and produced by the applicants of the Octopus Programme 2020/2021: Julia Stern (DAE/TEX), Sophia Widmann (DEX/KKP) from University of Applied Arts Vienna and Marwa Manai and Younes Ben Slimane from Tunis. The second publication, edited by Basak Senova, gathered the process of the “Spectral Encounters” course with the contributions of Barbara Putz-Plecko, Lina Lazaar, Anne Klontz, Olfa Feki, Bronwyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, and Nadia Ayari.