Eighteenth Salon Digital - Roman Kirschner
Fourteenth Salon Digital
Eventseries / 29.05.2019
Collaborating with stuff that does not hold still: material activity, methods and approaches
With Roman Kirschner.
Art and design have always been close to material activity. Recently, various projects paid explicit attention to active aspects of materials and environments and follow a more activity-conscious and less human-centered approach. They concern themselves with chemical and biological processes, temporal aspects, the openness of materials to environmental unpredictabilities and generative transformations. In their endeavours they face challenges like e.g. more complex experimental setups, the creation of frameworks rather than objects or the conceptual integration of wider fields of contextual factors that influence material activities. Their different approaches can be subsumed under terms like „navigation“ or „conversation“ rather than fitting into more classical methods of creation.
Projects from the arts as well as similarities and differences to scientific approaches and methods will be discussed.
29.05.2019, 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