The workshop films form the starting point of the second day of the conference: a small selection of specific films, chosen according to thematic and associative terminological fields, provide an opening for each panel and serve as a common knowledge base for presentations and discussions.
CIRCLE / RHYTHM / RITUAL
This panel is devoted to the organizational forms of work processes in time and space in historical and time-diagnostic perspective. How are rhythms of working and living synchronized in the “tempo of modern life” between innovation and repetition? What rituals and routines of material and immaterial reproduction are processed in the spaces of experience and meaning created by the films?
Kodwo Eshun (artist, writer, London) and Ayesha Hameed (artist, writer, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Moderator: Diedrich Diederichsen (cultural scientist, curator, journalist, Berlin)
Diedrich Diederichsen is a professor of the theory, practice, and communication of contemporary art at the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Since the 1980s, he has regularly published writings on popular and contemporary music, as well as contemporary art, cinema, theater, design, and politics in periodicals such as die tageszeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, theater heute, and Texte zur Kunst. Recent book publications include Über Pop-Musik (2014), The Sopranos (2012), Psicodelia y ready-made (2010), and Utopia of Sound (2010). Jointly with Anselm Franke, he curated the 2013 exhibition The Whole Earth as part of The Anthropocene Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Kodwo Eshun is an artist and theorist. He studied English literature at University College, Oxford University, and is Lecturer in Aural and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2002 Eshun cofounded The Otolith Group, which was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. The Otolith Group’s work explores the potentials of liberation struggles, speculative futures and science-fictions. He is coeditor of The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, 2007, with Anjalika Sagar; Harun Farocki: Against What? Against Whom?, 2009, with Antje Ehmann; and The Militant Image: A Cine Geography, 2011, with Ros Gray. He is the author of Dan Graham: Rock My Religion, 2012.
Ayesha Hameed is an artist and writer. She is Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art and History of Art in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is also a research fellow in the Forensic Architecture project. Hameed’s practice includes performance, video, and text, and examines borders, migration, and detention. Her essays have been widely published in journals and edited collections such as Tate ETC (2010), Photoworks (2011), Place: Location and Belonging in New Media Contexts (2008), and The Sarai Reader (2013).