Statements, Q&A


with statements from Thomas Macho, Nils Röller, Introduction/Q&A: Mathias Gatza

Sat, Mar 22, 2014
10 am
Free admission
German with English simultaneous translation

Receiving – the process of apperception and sensemaking, gathering and processing information – is reformed within the digital dispositive by means of a new apparatus, additional relays as well as different pacing. Are the familiar collective cultural technics of reading and writing challenged? Is text, as medium and carrier of information and sense reshaped ? Who writes, how does a text inscribe itself within the augmented time-space of the digital and how does it continue? Thomas Macho and Nils Röller adopt and dicuss positions from a cultural historical and media philosophical perspective.

Reading, listening, dreaming
Statement by Prof. Dr. Thomas Macho (Cultural History, Humboldt University of Berlin)

Writing further - Time Experience within the digital
Statement by Nils Röller ( Media and Cultural Studies, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste)

Followed by Q&A: Mathias Gatza (Fiktion, Berlin)

Mathias Gatza, author, copy-editor, publisher, is a writer, editor, and publisher. Based in Berlin, he founded Gatza Verlag in 1990 and later directed the imprint Gatza bei Eichborn from 1995 to 1998. He then worked as an editor at Berlin Verlag and was program director of Edition Suhrkamp until 2003. In 2008, his debut novel Schatten der Tiere was published, followed in 2012 by his second novel Augentäuscher. Together with Ingo Niermann and Henriette Gallus, he directs Fiktion e.V

Prof. Dr. Thomas Macho, Cultural History, is professor for cultural history at Berlin’s Humboldt University and co-founder of the interdisciplinary Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik. He is a member of the DFG research group Bild-Schrift-Zahl, which deals with cultural technologies in the age of the “digital revolution.” Macho has published widely, including numerous reviews and essays in newspapers and magazines. He is the conceptual advisor at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin. His most recent collection of essays Kulturtechniken der Synchronisation was published in 2013, edited together with Christian Kassung.

Prof. Dr. Nils Röller, Media and Cultural Theory, is professor for media and cultural theory at Zurich University of the Arts, where he is director of media art program. After completing a degree in philosophy in Berlin, he was a research assistant at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) where he directed the festival Digitale with Siegfried Zielinksi from 1995 to 1999. He built up the Flusser-Archiv and was co-editor of Lab: Jahrbuch für Künste und Apparate. In 2002 he published the SMS novel SMS macht Liebe on line. Since 2006, he has been editor of the Journal für Kunst, Sex, und Mathematik (together with Barbara Ellmerer and Yves Netzhammer). Röller works on the relationship between the instrument, mediacy, and reality.