2013, Thu, Jan 10

Visual Perspectives

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.



Harun Farocki (Berlin) is an author, filmmaker, and curator. He studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) in Berlin, from which he was expelled in 1968 for political reasons. Since 1966 he has created over 100 productions for television and film, and from 1974 until 1984 he was the editor of the influential journal Filmkritik. He has been teaching at vienna’s Akademie der Bildenden Künste from 2006 to 2011.


Karin Harrasser (Cologne) is professor and researcher at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, and is working on cultural and scientific history of prosthetics. Other research projects are on gender, media and technology, theories of the subject/theories of the object, and pop culture/science fiction. Karin Harrasser was an artistic and research director for the project “Die Untoten: Life Sciences & Pulp Fiction.”


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.


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