Thirteenth Salon Digital

Thirteenth Salon Digital

Eventseries / 02.07.2018

Civil Wilderness – Salon sauvage

With Claudia Reiche and Helene von Oldenburg.

What is it that makes one think about a division between wilderness and civilisation? The problems arising from the (mis)conceptions in this respect can be addressed by some minimal redirections. The Civil Wilderness project should be useful to train attentiveness towards ‚nature‘ once again, this time in a ‚negative' way. The talk, initiating thought experiments and discussion, is about setting different rules to chosen places/spaces and test the effects of this practice. These rules are based on 3 different exclusions: no humans, no prohibitions, no changes. The productivity of these exclusions will be subject of this salon sauvage, that is a digital salon, somehow too, at least regarding binary logic.

02.07.2018, 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

Thirteenth Salon Digital

Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen

02. July 2018, 18:00