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Transmission Image
Images and Visual Media as Cultural Envoys
Transmission Image

Friday 27.02.2004 - Saturday 28.02.2004
House of World Cultures
Free admission
Conference language: English

Organizer and Cooperation Partners: Research Group Image, Medium, Body. An Anthropological Perspective at the Academy of Arts and New Media in Karlsruhe; House of World Cultures

Images live of transmission. They transmit themselves and are transmitted – in a socio-anthropological and media technological sense. The lively presence of images owes itself to the idea of magic mediation as well as to the palpable media of transmission, that images need for entering into evidence – and starting their migration. Like nomads, images move from place to place, from the imaginary to the medial forth and back, from man to man, from one culture to another. As a result of this high transfer potential, images have been substantially contributing to cultural exchanges. In this function they were highly stimulated by the development of new electronic image transmission techniques. The more transcultural images are circulating, the more intensive are the exchanges and interrelations between different cultures, also those between image cultures.
The increasingly image-based transmission of culture, that culminates in the idea of a global visual culture, provokes reflections about the cultural codification of images. What happens if images and visual media enter into a representational system, that is, relating to its image and media culture, differently codified. The conference „Transmission Image“ examines the cultural transfer potential of and through images. The attention will be directed to images and visual media as cultural transmitters, while keeping close to them as envoys, messengers, missionaries, diplomats and negotiators as well as refugees and expellees, tracing out images and their media between imagination and migration.
The clash of and the mediation between different image cultures occurs primarily, where people are traveling, discovering, conquering, colonizing, missionizing, migrating and transnationalyzing. Accordingly, the various clashes and fusions extend from colonial to global image contexts: What kind of contacts do local image traditions and practices establish with imported ones, let them be imposed or taken over voluntarily? How do they instrumentalize western images and visual media? In which way is the relation between image and medium shifting within the transmission process? What forms of interpictoriality are emerging? Which media are crossing points for the development of new transcultural image codes and image genres like for example Bollywood and Japanimation? The conference searches to answer these questions by involving a cultural and media anthropological perspective on images. It reverts to the discussions brought up with the conference “Migrating Images”, which was held in November 2003 in the House of World Cultures.

Concept, coordination and contact:
Dr. Birgit Mersmann
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe
Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Medientheorie
Graduiertenkolleg Bild, Körper, Medium
Lorenzstr. 15
76 135 Karlsruhe
Tel.  +49 721 82032281
Fax: +49 721 82032276



Friday, 27. February 2004:

10.00 – 10.30

Welcoming Speech:
Peter C. Seel, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Hans Belting, Northwestern University of Chicago/Academy of Arts and New Media, Karlsruhe

Birgit Mersmann

10.30 – 13.00

Heike Behrend, University of Cologne
Imagining the Local and the Global: Photocollages of Ugandan Popular Artists

Hans Belting, Northwestern University of Chicago/Academy of Arts and New Media, Karlsruhe
Art in the TV Age: Thoughts on Global Art and Local Art History

Karim Traore, University of Georgia, Athens
The Horn Blowing Rooster: African Filmmakers on the Move

14.30 – 16.00


Martin Gieselmann, University of Heidelberg
What do we see when Leslie performs? The Reception of the Hong Kong Star between East and West

Alexandra Schneider, Freie University of Berlin
Global Bollywood? Transmission and Transcultural Images in Popular Hindi Cinema

16.30 – 18.00


Iris Därmann, University of Lüneburg
Obsessive Pictures in Motion

Ilka Herrmann, Academy of Arts and New Media, Karlsruhe
The Photograph as a Relic of the Body

Saturday, 28. February 2004:

10.00 – 13.00


Thomas Cummins, Harvard University
“Tunis in Tapestries, Titian in Feathers”: Images as Agents around the World in the Sixteenth Century

Simone Grießmayer, University of Heidelberg
Spreading the Word with Ink and Brush – Chinese Christian Images

Markus Buschhaus, University of Düsseldorf
Cultures of Knowledge: Medical Imaging Technologies and the Transmission of Pictures into the Anatomical Atlas

14.00 – 17.00


Misook Song, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul
Hybrid Images in Korean Contemporary Art

Irit Rogoff, Goldsmith College, London
Conference title to be announced

Beat Wyss, University of Stuttgart
News from Eurotopia. Moholy Nagy’s failed Bauhaus-Mission in Postwar USA

17.00 – 18.00


Chair: Hans Belting and Beat Wyss