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International Conference

The Construction of Media-Authorships: History – Present – Future 
June 2 – June 4, 2016


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Sampling, hacking, pirating, appropriating – these are only a few of the manifold creative techniques that are part of contemporary artistic practices. They are often inherently correlated to the use of digital and networked media. These practices put in question the traditional concept of art and literature as being a product created by identifiable, personal author-geniuses. Nevertheless, individual authorship is still the dominant concept in contemporary art production. Despite several obituaries (e.g. by Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault), the concept of the individual author never really died: artistic and literary practices self-mystified the author, even in fields which obviously rely on creative cooperations like film, theatre and multimedia installations.

Taking this seeming contradiction into account, the conference turns both to historical as well as to current artistic practices within various media and fields of communication. It attempts to grasp them theoretically. Despite the perennial gesture of announcing and feasting the individual author, since early modern times – and this is still true today – work processes in art are often carried out collaboratively. Accordingly, in present times communicative-artistic work activities and artefacts quite often are hybrid and diversified into a variety of configurations that manifest themselves through “ephemeral” procedural performances under the condition of elapsing time as well as through materialized products. They are generated under the arrangement of a complex division of labor (while 'division of labor' is not only conceived and enacted as interpersonal action, but, in addition, as interaction between human beings and their tools). Exactly in current times authorship is usually enacted and performed no longer within the framework of a single distinct and clearly defined medium, but almost consistently emerges in multimedia or transmedia contexts – for example, harnessing mash ups or utilizing social and mobile media.

Given the post-modern medial complexity, Marshall McLuhan's paradigm of the 'medium is the message' obviously is on its retreat and must indeed be questioned. For, modes of conceiving and describing authorship deduced from this paradigm are not able to cover complex networking and cooperation. Thus, present theoretical approaches like the actor-network theory, concepts of 'media-ecology' and the concept of assemblage emphasize the new modes of interplay between (human and non-human) agents, media and technologies. Consequently, it must also be discussed how far these concepts are able to grasp the changes, which current creative techniques undergo.




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Thursday, June 2, 2016 

12:30–12:45    
Welcome
Dean of the Faculty
12:45–13:15    
Introduction

FIRST PART: HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE OF AUTHORSHIPS IN MEDIA CONFIGURATIONS 

MEDIA INTERFERENCES I: QUESTIONING AUTHORSHIP IN THE AVANT-GARDES

MODERATOR: CHRISTIANE HEIBACH (REGENSBURG UNIVERSITY)

13:15–14:00    
Anke Finger (University of Connecticut):
Autopoietic Processes within the Avant-Gardes: Fragmenting Authorship
14:00–14:45 Julia Meer (Humboldt University, Berlin):
The 'Bauhaus' – a Trademark Without an Author? Some Remarks on the History of Authorship
in Design

14:45–15:15    
Coffee Break


MEDIA INTERFERENCES II: AUTHORSHIP IN FINE ARTS

MODERATOR: IRENE SCHÜTZE (ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, MAINZ UNIVERSITY)

15:15–16:00    
Hans Dieter Huber (Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart):
Artist, Author, Authenticity
16:00–16:45    
Barbara Stoltz (Florence):
“Authorship" and the Contemporary Production of Metal Art

16:45–17:15    
Coffee Break

MEDIA INTERFERENCES III: AUTHORSHIP IN AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA

MODERATOR: SOPHIE EINWÄCHTER (MARBURG UNIVERSITY)

17:15–18:00      Janet Robinson (Universtiy of Colorado, Boulder):
Television's Counter Models: HBO’s True Blood, FX’s American Horror Story,
and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black
18:00–18:45      Dietmar Kammerer (Marburg University):
What If… Film Auteurs Wore Tights?
18:45–19:15    
Panel Discussion

19.30    
            Dinner/Snacks

20.30
                Public Performance search lutz!/searchSonata 181
                by Johannes Auer together with Christiane Maschajechi


Friday, June 3, 2016

 

CONTINUATION FIRST PART: HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

MEDIA INTERFERENCES IV: MULTI- AND DIGITAL MEDIA

MODERATOR: ANGELA KREWANI (MARBURG UNIVERSITY)

09:00–09:45      Ruth E. Iskin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev):
Subversive Authorship in Contemporary Art: Geopolitics, Gender and Race
09:45–10:30      Annika Richterich (Maastricht University):
Hacking Authorship: Creativity and Accountability in Hacking Practices

10:30–11:00      Coffee Break

11:00–11:45      Karin Wenz (Maastricht University):
Cultural Citizen or Author? User Generated Content and its Implications
11:45–12:15    
Panel Discussion

12:15–14:15    
 Lunch


SECOND PART: PRESENCE AND FUTURE OF (NON)AUTHORSHIPS

MODERATOR: ANKE FINGER (UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT)

MEDIA DIMENSIONS

14:15–15:00    
Christiane Heibach (Regensburg University):
Authorship, Collectivity, Creativity and the Media
15:00–15:45    
Vera Cuntz-Leng (Marburg University):
Authors, Fans, Pirates: Fan Practices and Authorship

15:45–16:15    
Coffee Break

16:15–17:00    
Angela Krewani (Marburg University):
Urban Spaces, Locative Media and Collective Authorships
17:00–17:45    
Grischka Petri (Bonn University):
Is Copyright Law the Zombie of Authorship?
17:45–18:15 Panel Discussion

19:30              
Dinner

 

Saturday, June 4  


CONTINUATION SECOND PART: PRESENCE AND FUTURE OF (NON)AUTHORSHIPS

MODERATOR: VERA CUNTZ-LENG (MARBURG UNIVERSITY)

AESTHETIC AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS

09:00–09:45      Rachel Mader (Luzern University):
Communicative Authorships. Remarks on Promises and Misunderstandings in Praticipative
Art Production
09:45–10:30      Irene Schütze (Academy of Fine Arts, Mainz University):
Concepts of Non-Authorship – in Conflict with the Art System?

10:30–11:00      Coffee Break

11:00–11:45      Sally-Jane Norman (University of Sussex):
Who<=>Authors<=>You<=>Authors<=>Who
11:45–12:30      Johannes Bruder (Academy of Arts & Design, Basel):
Deep Architectures and the Darkness that surrounds them

12:30–13:00 Conclusion:
Angela Krewani, Christiane Heibach, Irene Schütze

13:00 END OF CONFERENCE

 




 

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