The symposium explores the notion of the digital in the field of art and cultural mediation.
Among other things, the field of contemporary (art) mediation deals with critique of representation and postcolonial themes and has strong overlaps with critical museology and museum sciences, but has not yet developed its own position concerning the digitization term.
The symposium is funded by DFG (Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft) and Kommission für künstlerische und Wissenschaftliche Vorhaben (KKWV), University of Arts Berlin.
It is a collaboration between Freie Universität Berlin (Institute of Theater Studies) and University of Arts Berlin (Institute for Art in Context). The DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts” contributes a workshop.
About the organizers:
Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Theater at the Institute of Theater Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied General and Comparative Literature, Art History, American Studies and Philosophy in Berlin, Oxford and Berkeley and received her doctorate in 1996 at the Free University Berlin with Eberhard Lämmert. From 1990 to 1993 she was Project Manager at the Center for Technological Cooperation (ZTZ) in Berlin. From 1995 to 1998, she held guest lectureships at the University of California (UCLA), the School of Critical Studies, the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the School of Arts, Letters and Sciences (USC). She then worked in the DFG Collaborative Research Center SFB 447: “Cultures of the Performative” (1999 to 2005) and received her habilitation at the Freie Universität Berlin in Visual Culture in 2005. In addition, she headed the “Center for Interdisciplinary Artistic Sciences and Aesthetics” until she was appointed Professor for Visual Culture and Theater at the Institute of Theater Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in 2007.
Her main areas of research and teaching include Modern and Contemporary Theater, Modern and Contemporary Art contemporary art, visual culture, performance art and aesthetics as well as application-related projects in the Digital Humanities. She is PI of the Einstein Center Digital Future.
Jörg Heiser is a writer and art critic, curator, and musician. A doctor of art history holding an M.A. in philosophy, he is Director of the Institute for Art in Context and a professor at the faculty of fine arts of the University of the Arts in Berlin. For twenty years, he worked as an editor for frieze and continues to write for the magazine. His books include All of a Sudden. Things that Matter in Contemporary Art (2008) and the forthcoming Double Lives in Art and Pop Music (2019). Since 2004 he has curated numerous group exhibitions including Romantic Conceptualism (2007-8, Kunsthalle Nuremberg and Bawag Foundation Vienna, catalogue), and he was co-curator of the Busan Biennale 2018 in South Korea.
Yvonne Zindel studied fine art and art mediation at the HBK Braunschweig. Since 2012, she has been researching and working in Hamburg and Berlin on digital techniques, including as a research assistant at the National Museums in Berlin, for which she developed a master plan for the educational work in the Humboldt Forum.
She publishes on the possibilities of immaterial art and cultural mediation and on the possibilities of new cultural techniques in dealing with digitized collections. As a scholar of the nGbK Berlin, she implemented a digital art education project as early as 2015/2016: the online game “Infinitechat.net”, which was developed out of the workshop series “Mapping the Commons”.
Since the beginning of 2018, she has been an artistic researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts with a research position for the project “Revisiting Collections – Transformations of Cultural Education using the example of digital mediation of non-European ethnological collections”, funded by the “Berliner Programm zur Förderung von Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre” (BCP) as part of the excellence project “DiGiTal – Digitalisierung: Gestaltung und Transformation”.
In 2018 she was a scholar of the Akademie Schloß Solitude in the program art, science & business.
Dialogue plays an important role in her curatorial work.
Her salon series Performing Encounters was awarded the research grant of the city of Berlin and in addition it was funded by the scholarship for Women in Research of the Humboldt University Berlin and the ProExzellenzia grant of the city of Hamburg.