Presentations by Harun Farocki (filmmaker and artist Berlin), Gloria Meynen (Lehrstuhl für Medientheorie & Kulturgeschichte, Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen) und smudge studio: Elizabeth Ellsworth (School of Media Studies, New School for Public Engagement, New York) and Jamie Kruse (artist, designer, New York). Moderation: Karin Harrasser (Institut für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
“Visual Perspectives” presents three interrelated positions, each critically approaching the significant role images and visual representations play in our world-forming processes. Harun Farocki shows and discusses his film Parallel (2012), an investigation into the representation of nature within digital animation, documenting reality-effects and the evolutionary history of a “virtual” second nature. Media theorist Gloria Meynen presents her ongoing research on the image-worlds scientific representations are historically based on, examining geometric, cartographic and artistic practices. smudge studio, a collaboration between Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, contributes with their transdisciplinary approach to encounters between the human and the geologic, sharing a multimedia-based inquiry into sites situated in “deep time,” moments that may provide new perspectives to the complex terrain of contemporary geo-culture.
To the biography of Harun Farocki
To the biography of Karin Harrasser
Gloria Meynen (Berlin/Friedrichshafen) received her PhD with a doctoral thesis on "Office. The invention of the two-dimensional surface.) From 2000 to 2006 she was a researcher at the research group “Image, Sign, Number” at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin). From 2006 to 2011 she was a fellow of the NFS Bildkritik/NCCR Iconic Criticism at the Universität Basel. Since 2012 she represents the Lehrstuhl für Medientheorie & Kulturgeschichte at Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen.
smudge studio (New York) is a nonprofit media arts collaboration between Jamie Kruse (artist, designer, New York) and Elizabeth Ellsworth (professor for media studies at the New School, New York), co-founded in 2006. Their project meets at sites and moments where the geologic and the human converge. They creatively respond to the complex of forces they encounter there: the natural, built, historic, social, strategic and the imagined. Their co-edited collection of essays 'Making the Geologic Now: Material Conditions of Contemporary Life' was published in December 2012.