Seventh Salon Digital

Seventh Salon Digital

Eventseries / 19.06.2017

"Reenacting Science - Artists, historians and philosophers of science investigating biologigcal laboratories"

With Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger, Universität Witten/Herdecke (Philosophy of digital Media)

Since 2012 the research group "Computer Signals. Art and Biology in the Age of Digital Experimentation" investigates the work of marine biologists in Helgoland and Austin, Texas. Artists of the Zurich University of the Arts, historians and philosophers of science of the Max-Planck-Institute for History of Science Berlin, the University of Lucerne and the University Witten/Herdecke explore the epistemic influence of the digital revolution on laboratory research. This kind of investigation can be seen as an act of reenactment of science from the artistic, historical and philosophical perspective. The paper provides insightes into the ongoing research.

19.06.2017, 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

Seventh Salon Digital

Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen

19. June 2017, 18:00