The Vocational Regime in Art: On Myths and Performativity

  • Mathilde Legret University of Vienna
Keywords: Ursula Hübner, art, vocational regime, vocation, auto-didact


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay analyzes the development and mythology behind the notion of 'vocation' within the art world, while using the case of the Viennese artist Ursula Hübner. It argues that it is not only art institutions and the society, but also artists themselves who are complicit in the reproduction and valorization of the myth of vocation in art.