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Wintersemester 2017/18


vergangene Veranstaltungen einblenden

DEBATE

in medias res

media-terror-extremism

Thu, 10/19 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Location
Stadt- und Landesbibliothek
im Bildungsforum Potsdam
EG Veranstaltungssaal
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam


Admission is free

CONFERENCE

Affective Transformations: Politics. Algorithms. Media

11/1 – 3

Location
Universität Potsdam
Campus Am Neuen Palais
Haus 8
14469 Potsdam


The affective turn has recently come under pressure. The fascination with all things affective that emerged during the 1990s and peaked in the first decade of the 21st century has lost its former innocence and euphoria. Affect Studies and its adjacent disciplines have now to prove that they can cope with the return of the affective real that technology, economy and politics entail.

Two seemingly contradictory developments will be picked up as starting points for the conference. First, innovations in advanced disciplines such as affective computing, mood tracking, sentiment analysis, psycho-informatics and social robotics all share a focus on the recognition and modulation of human affectivity. Mechanisms like individual affect regulation or emotion management are being increasingly transferred onto personal digital devices. These algorithmic technologies collect affective data, process them and nudge users into normalized behavior and patterns of feeling. Affect gets measured, calculated, controlled.

Secondly, recent developments in politics, social media usage and journalism have contributed to an conspicuous rise of hate speech, cybermobbing, public shaming, “felt truths” and resentful populisms. In a very specific way, politics as well as power have become affective. In light of the rise of neo-nationalisms, religious and conspiratorial fanaticisms and presidentially decreed patriotism, the question what affective politics does, can or should mean attains an unparalleled urgency. Affects gets mobilized, fomented, unleashed.
We thus witness, on the one hand, the emergence of what we propose to call “affective media”, i.e. technologies and applications that rationalize affects by processing them algorithmically. On the other hand, we observe that (social) media affects become irrational and seem to have disruptive effects on the political as well as social order of (not only)Western democracies.

These two developments appear to be linked. For example, while social media echo chambers are part of the affective media spectrum, their effects are very real and are radically altering our socio-political landscapes (e.g. Brexit, US election). What was invented to control affect has furthered uncontrollability on a potentially global scale.

By assembling scholars from different fields of research, we want to examine this apparent paradox and put the emphasis on its historical, transformational nature. When the ways we deal with our affectivity get unsettled in such a dramatic fashion, we obviously have to rethink our ethical, aesthetical, political as well as legal regimes of affect organization. This is not just a purely academic task, but rather an issue of responsibility.

The event is open to the public, registration requested.



Preliminary Program

November 1, 2017
2:30 pm: Registration
3:30 pm: Bernd Bösel (Potsdam): Welcome and Introduction
3:45 pm: Performance Lecture and Installation
Dina Boswank (Berlin), Timo Herbst (Berlin/Leipzig), Irina Kaldrack (Braunschweig): Transforming Political Gestures Through a Chain
4:30 pm: Opening Lecture
Marie-Luise Angerer (Potsdam): Paradoxes of Becoming Intense. On ‘Smart’ Companionship, Significant Selfies and Animojis
(Chair: Bernd Bösel)
5:30 pm: Coffee break
6:00 pm: Evening Lecture
Richard Grusin (Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Counter-Mediations (Chair: Marie-Luise Angerer)

November 2, 2017
10:00 am: Lecture 1
Andrew A. G. Ross (Ohio): Digital Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of a Planetary Nervous System
(Chair: Michaela Ott)
11:15 am: Coffee break
11:30 am: Panel 1 Aufklärung 2.0 / Enlightenment 2.0
Markus Rautzenberg (Essen): Alien Thinking. On the Return of the Sublime Mathias Fuchs (Lüneburg): Affect Esoterics
Sandra Wachter (Oxford): Law and Ethics of Big Data, AI, and Robotics (Chair: Jutta Weber)
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm: Lecture 2
Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Paris): The Synhaptic Monster (Chair: Mathias Fuchs)
3:45 pm: Coffee break
4:00 pm: Panel 2 Techno(Ir)rationalities
Jutta Weber (Paderborn): Techno(ir)rationality and Technosecurity Oliver Leistert (Lüneburg): Effective Affects with Social Bots
Bernd Bösel (Potsdam): Affective Media Regulation
(Chair: Serjoscha Wiemer)
5:30 pm: Coffee break
6:00 pm: Evening Lecture
Michaela Ott (Hamburg): Affective Media Politics (Chair: Markus Rautzenberg)
8:00 pm: Conference Dinner

November 3, 2017
10:00 am: Lecture 3
Paul Stenner (London): Affect on the Turn. Liminal Media for Affective Transformation (Chair: Thomas Slunecko)
11:15 am: Coffee break
11:30 am: Panel 3 Conceptualizing Interfaces of Affection
Dawid Kasprowicz (Witten-Herdecke): Encoding Proximity. Intuition in Human-Robot Collaborations
Kathrin Friedrich (Berlin): Interfacing Trauma. Virtual Resilience Training in Military Contexts Lisa Schreiber (Berlin): Empathy in Human-Machine Interaction. A Concept of Interpersonal
Relation in Affective Computing (Chair: Oliver Leistert)
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm: Lecture 4
Felicity Colman (London): The Informatic Affect of Algorithmic Conditions (Chair: Marie-Luise Angerer)
3:45 pm: Coffee break
4:00 pm: Panel 4 Ambiguities of Algorithmic Care
Serjoscha Wiemer (Paderborn): Affective Robots that Care
Irina Kaldrack (Braunschweig): Distributed Autonomy
Gabriele Gramelsberger (Aachen): Promising Care, Longing for Data (Chair: Bernd Bösel)
5:30 pm: Coffee break
6:00 pm: Closing Lecture
Jean Clam (Paris): Witnessing the Dismantlement of a Proven Structure of Belief. Renews the Actuality of a (“Pathological”) Grammar of Assent
(Chair: Gabriele Gramelsberger)


Conception

Marie-Luise Angerer, Bernd Bösel, Kathrin Friedrich, Mathias Fuchs, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Irina Kaldrack, Andreas Kaminski, Dawid Kasprowicz, Oliver Leistert, Markus Rautzenberg, Sandra Wachter, Jutta Weber, Serjoscha Wiemer

Organisation

Marie-Luise Angerer, Bernd Bösel, Naomie Gramlich

The conference is part of the Network “Affect- and Psychotechnology Studies. Emergente Techniken affektiver und emotionaler (Selbst-)Kontrolle” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


SYMPOSIUM

POINTED OR POINTLESS? Recalibrating the Index

Sat, 11/4 10.00 am – 5.30 pm

location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam


The symposium “Pointed or Pointless? Recalibrating the Index” aims to reconsider the notion of the index, its history and present-day applicability. Some recent debates – which abandon strict definitions of analogue/digital and scrutinize fixed notions of truth and medium – are taken as an opportunity to readdress the notion in the 21st century.

The symposium is divided in two parts. The first event took place in London and was dedicated to the re-evaluation of the index, focusing on its historical re-assessment as well as on the steps of “stylization” of the term, following the trace from Peirce to visual theory. The second part in Potsdam will subsequently deal with the updating of the index, by taking a closer look at the use of the notion in debates on the networked image, as well as discussing gestures of authentication, which emphasize concepts of authenticity and objectivity and can be registered as indexical.

Please find more information on the symposium here


SEMINAR

Current Positions in Media Studies

Fri, 11/10 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Dr. Tobias Conradi

Location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam




GUEST LECTURE

Futility, Futurity, and Junk: Thoughts on the Theory and Practice of Computer Game Archiving

Wed, 11/15 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm

location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam



Computer game archives are repositories and incubators. In the ways they acquire, store, and document the game industry, computer game archives become, as poet Ander Monson writes, “letters to a future lover”—each artifact in the collection a communiqué to scholars whose attentions and affections are only yet nascent. In an archival context, each artifact is also a modest cultural experiment, the results of which—in the marketplace, in fandom, and in scholarship—signify how particular playful compositions resonate (directly and indirectly) with players. In this way, every game, no matter how successful or distinctive, is a map and metric for the ways people play together and alone. Similarly, computer game archives become the future’s stories about (and transmutations of) the past, reservoirs for work yet to be done about work that has already been completed. To archive computer games, then, is also to ensure the vitality of games to come, for it is only by recollecting history that future understandings and innovations become possible.

At the same time, computer game archiving is a silly little fart of a pursuit. The medium is as trivial, worthless, and stupid as it is important, invaluable, and deep. It also effuses an astonishing breadth of materiality, textuality, and effect, resulting in a profound pullulation of play that overwhelms even the most serious attempts at capture and categorization.

In this presentation, we will explore these competing themes of import and futility via our experiences over the last two decades building and managing one of the largest research archives in the world for computer games. We will engage with questions of archival theory and practice (including the mechanisms involved in collecting, safeguarding, storing, and making accessible games and their histories), and sketch out how the act of play so important to games themselves may be usefully designed into the process of the archival act.

KOORDINATION
Dr. Tobias Conradi, ZeM

Personen

Ken McAllister and Judd Ruggill co-founded and co-direct the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive, which contains roughly 250,000 game related artifacts. They also have day jobs at the University of Arizona: Ken is Associate Dean of Research and Program Innovation in the College of Humanities, and Judd is Department Head of Public and Applied Humanities.

Tobias Conradi ist Postdoktorand am ZeM Brandenburg. Zuvor war er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im DFG-Forschungsprojekt ›Kulturtechnik Unternehmensplanspiel‹ an der HBK Braunschweig sowie am DFG-Graduiertenkolleg ›Automatismen‹ an der Universität Paderborn. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Diskurstheorie, Repräsentationspolitiken und der Zusammenhang von Krise, Kritik und Entscheidung. Letzte Veröffentlichungen: Breaking News. Automatismen in der Repräsentation von Krisen- und Katastrophenereignissen (Paderborn 2015), zusammen mit Rolf F. Nohr und Florian Hoof (Hrsg.): Medien der Entscheidung (Münster 2016, im Erscheinen).


COLLOQUIUM

Research Colloquium

Fri, 11/17 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Annegret Zettl, Lisa Andergassen

location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam



This research colloquium for media studies gives postgraduates and scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their current doctorate and research projects within a collegial environment.


WORKSHOP

Stimmung, Milieu, Umwelt

11/23 – 25

Dr. Bernd Bösel, Prof. Dr. Jörg Dünne

Location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam




SEMINAR

Current Positions in Media Studies

Thu, 12/14 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Dr. Tobias Conradi

location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam




COLLOQUIUM

Research Colloquium

Fri, 12/15 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Sarah Maske, Kim Albrecht
register

location
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
Hermann-Elflein-Straße 18
14467 Potsdam



This research colloquium for media studies gives postgraduates and scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their current doctorate and research projects within a collegial environment.

LEITUNG
Direktorium des ZeM
KOORDINATION
Dr. Adelheid Heftberger, ZeM


Prozessorientierte Ökologische Kunst und Permakultur Design
Sarah Maske

Ökologische Kunst als Kategorie besteht schon seit langer Zeit. Häufig wird sie im Zusammenhang mit aktivistischen oder aufklärerischen Kunstwerken verbunden, die entweder den Menschen vor der „Natur“ oder die „Natur“ vor den Menschen zu schützen oder die Positionen zu erklären versucht. Was passiert aber in den immer öfter auftretenden Prozessorientierten Ökologischen Kunstwerken? Parallel zum Diskurs um die Auflösung etablierter Dualismen, neuer feministischer Ansätze und die Verbindung von Kunst und Wissenschaft zeigt sich in den Kunstwerken der Versuch der Findung einer neuen Position des Menschen in, mit und zwischen seiner Umgebung, sowie der Auflösung der Einzelpositionen. Dabei dienen die Kunstwerke als Erlebnis-Medien, die Verbindungen und Schnittstellen sichtbar machen. In den 70er Jahren entwickelten Bill Mollison und David Holmgren das Permakultur Design. Diese Methode wurde entwickelt ein nachhaltiges, im Sinne von einem autark laufenden, „System“ herzustellen. Sie wurde abgeleitet aus einem Ökosystem, das nachhaltige Charakteristika aufweist.
Dieser Vortrag stellt neben Prozessorientierten Ökologischen Kunstwerken das Konzept des Permakultur Designs vor und schlägt es als Untersuchungsmethode für Prozessorientierte Ökologische Kunst vor, da es sich bei den Kunstwerken ebenfalls um funktionierende Ökosysteme handelt. Es werden Verbindungen zu Konzepten des Neuen Materialismus diskutiert und überlegt, inwiefern diese in den Kunstwerken und im Permakultur Design zusammenkommen. Vice versa stellt sich anschließend die Frage was die Prozessorientierte Ökologische Kunst für die Weiterentwicklung des Permakultur Designs tun kann, das auf der theoretischen Ebene in den 1970er stehenblieb.

Design as (de-)construction of Form
Kim Albrecht

On the 24. of February Facebook released a new feature called ‘reactions.' Users of the web-service were now able not only to express themselves with the 'like' button but gained five additional nuances: “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry.” One unofficial story why this new feature got developed goes back to the black lives matter movement and how Facebook did not show these events in their customer's news feeds because no one ‘liked’ these posts, so the algorithm neglected them. This short example shows us something fundamental about our digital reality. We only make sense of something if we distinguish it. Without being able to express angriness it does not exists in the realm of Facebook. While the distinctions we draw in our everyday life might be fuzzy, the distinctions of the digital are binary. Databases are distinction machines that only allow us to make the differentiation the system is designed for. Information visualization is a medium that stands between these databases and the viewer. It is a powerful apparatus to ‘draw distinctions.' Throughout the talk, I want to unravel the act of drawing distinctions though visualizing data. The design process becomes something different in this context, design as an active act of creating knowledge. By drawing distinctions, the designer creates new ways to see and understand the world.

Personen

Sarah Maske studierte Kunstgeschichte und Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz und arbeitete an zahlreichen Ausstellungen u.a. am Museum Morsbroich, Museum Wiesbaden und des ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe. Sie ist Promotionsstudentin an der Universität Potsdam, forscht zum Thema “Staying in the Anthropocene or going beyond? Das Verständnis der Welt und ihrer Veränderung in prozessorientierter, ökologischer Kunst“ und ist Stipendiatin am Brandenburgischen Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften. Sie arbeitet zudem als freie Kuratorin und sitzt im Vorstand des Vereins Grüner Kultur e.V., der sich mit Permakultur und nachhaltiger Lebensweise beschäftigt und diese Konzepte auch umsetzt.

Kim Albrecht, as a visual researcher and information designer, is interested in networks, power, the artificial and how we can find visual representations for these topics to produce and represent knowledge. Kim holds a BA in graphic design from the AAA school and an MA in interface design from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. From 2015 to 2017 Kim worked at the Center for Complex Network Research with Prof. Laszlo Barabasi as a visualization researcher in Boston. His research focused on the area of finding visual representations of complex systems and particularly complex networks. In 2016 Kim started his Ph.D. research at the University of Potsdam in the field of media theory. Researching information visualizations and their interfaces regarding their epistemological value and how they help us to make sense of the world. Since spring 2017 Kim joined the metaLAB at Harvard Univesity to research the intersection between artificial intelligence and culture as well as finding new representations of cultural collections.