Salon Digital - 5. Abend

Salon Digital - 5. Abend

Veranstaltungsreihe / 15.05.2017

Veranstaltung mit 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, 18 Uhr
Raum 4.15.070 (großer Theorieraum), Speicher XI, Bremen

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(english version below)
Spektakel: Reenactments in Kunst, Gestaltung, Wissenschaft und Technologie.
Mit dem Wintersemester 2016/17 startete der Studiengang Digitale Medien der Hochschule für Künste Bremen eine regelmäßig stattfindende Salon-Reihe unter dem Titel "Spektakel: Reenactments in Kunst, Gestaltung, Wissenschaft und Technologie". Das offene Salon Format beinhaltet Experimente, Vorträge, und Performances aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen mit dem Fokus auf neue und alte Medien und Technologien. Praxis des Salons ist das Reenactment als Möglichkeit des Sichtbarmachens, Vergegenwärtigens und Durchkreuzens von Vergangenem oder Verborgenem.
Insbesondere im Bereich der sogenannten Neuen Technologien und zeitgenössischen Medien erscheint Wissen von komplexen Schichtungen von Material, Code/Zeichensystemen und Geschichte/Organisationen verdeckt. Das Wiederaufführen kann Denken, Geschichte und Theorie in Körper und Handlung übersetzen. Im Zentrum steht so die verkörperte Vergegenwärtigung vergangener Ereignisse, initiiert durch den Wunsch eine grundsätzlich uneinholbare Vergangenheit wiedererlebbar zu machen.
Vorrangiges Anliegen des Salons ist die Öffnung von geschlossenen Systemen und Konstruktionen (Black Boxes). Denn Wissenschaft, Ökonomie, zeitgenössische Medien sowie Neue Technologien sind durch globale Machtstrukturen, komplexe Entwicklungs- und Produktionsprozesse und deren hermetische Konstruktion nur noch schwer zu durchschauen und bleiben für die Rezipierenden primär an der Oberfläche. Das Spektakel ist eine Form der Verdichtung von Handlungen und Prozessen. Gewissermaßen Paradox zum Reenactment, dem Wiederholung und so auch Historie immanent sind, ist das Spektakel ein Zeitpunkt im Hier und Jetzt, zu dem alles kulminiert.

Organisiert von: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul

https://salon-digital.com/

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English Abstract

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.

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Salon Digital - 5. Abend

Raum 4.15.070 (großer Theorieraum), Speicher XI, Bremen

15. Mai 2017, 18:00