Fifth Salon Digital

Fifth Salon Digital

Eventseries / 15.05.2017

With Kerstin Ergenzinger.

Myopian Survey

Myopian Survey started as a conceptual and physical exploration of the idea of nature, in particular of the North Amercian landscape and the ambivalent topos of the American ‘wilderness’. During this Salon I will enfold and partly stage some of the tracks and bypasses I encountered and explored walking along a line of thoughts and analogies.

The venture took its point of departure in the geological and scientific instruments collection in Harvard. Equipped with a backpack of conceptions, expectations and geared with custom made and todays technology, the research period was followed by a seven week hike along the Continental Divide Trail from northern Colorado to Montana through the mineral belt of the Rocky Mountains and areas under investigation during the so called Great Surveys of the western U.S. throughout the 19th century. Explorers, engineers, scientist, topographers and artist were brought together in a common effort to measure and map, to claim, control and tame the unknown, pointing out the - to date - close entanglement of exploitation and preservation.

By appropriating the medical term ‘myopia’, shortsightness, I propose that one chance to actually ‘see’ - in the sense of perceiving and understanding, encountering and connecting - lies in acknowledging the disabilities and limitations that inhere in us. I will share thoughts about trying to use artistic instruments and technologies to render ourselves sensitive to our surroundings, in a way that Donna Haraway describes: “To think with is to stay with the naturalcultural multispecies trouble on earth”.

15.05.2017, 6 pm
Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen


The program for Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen launched a regular series of salon-style gatherings titled “Spectacle: Reenactments in the Arts, Design, Science and Technology.” The events have an open format and provide a forum for experiments, presentations and performances from a range of different fields, but with a common focus on old and new media, as well as technologies. The salon thereby enables a practice of reenactment as a way to make things past and hidden visible, present and also questionable.
Contemporary new technologies and media seem to cover knowledge with complex layers of materials, code/sign systems and history/organization. Reenacting can translate obscured knowledge, ideas and theories into bodies and actions. At the heart of this conceptual approach is a desire to turn past events into present experiences—although the very nature of the past prohibits such an endeavor.
The salon pursues the primary goal of opening closed systems and constructions (black boxes). Global power structures, as well as complex processes in development and production—leading to hermetic constructs—have made it even harder to understand science, economy and contemporary media, as well as new technologies. Recipients therefore tend to mostly grasp only their superficial level. The spectacle is a way to condense actions and processes. Reenactment, on the other hand, builds on repetition and history. But the spectacle is a moment in the here and now where everything flows together and culminates.

Organised by: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul

Fifth Salon Digital

15. May 2017, 18:00