November 2019

Do14Nov18:00Experimental HumanitiesWith Nishant Shah and Vanessa Agnew

Details

18:00 Introduction
18:10 Talks by Nishant Shah and Vanessa Agnew
19:10 Panel discussion with Nishant Shah, Vanessa Agnew, Alexander Dunst, and Anja Schwarz
followed by a Q&A

Nishant Shah
Error 400 – Bad Request: Authorship, Authority, Authenticity in the Experimental Setup

Shah proposes that experimental setups depend upon the political, contested, and exclusionary constructions of authorship, authority, and authenticity, which are hidden in the description of the experimental setup. Looking at a postcolonial feminist history of digital technologies, computational networks, and cybernetics, this talk will dismantle the experimental setup by looking at the conditions of asking questions and the need to expand the idea of the experiment beyond the logistics of apparatus, process, and replication.

Nishant Shah is the Vice-President of Research at ArtEZ University of the Arts and a research mentor with the Hivos Foundation’s ‘Digital Earth’ platform. His current preoccupation is with questions of ‘aesthetic warfare’ that examine digital technologies, informational networks, and design practices that shape current post-truth moments and their implications for social justice and human rights interventions.

Vanessa Agnew
Lines of Sight: Excursions in Seeing, Feeling, and Knowing

The talk examines the use of historical reenactment, virtual reality (VR), machine learning, and big data in the production of knowledge about the past. Dealing with museum and art exhibits and documentary shorts such as Nazi VR and Triple Chaser, Agnew examines the ways in which new technologies are marshalled and older ones repurposed in order to gather and present compelling historical evidence. Against this backdrop, the talk asks what space remains for interpretation and the articulation of feeling. Is history’s ‘affective turn’ in the process of being superseded?

Vanessa Agnew is a professor of English at the University of Duisburg-Essen and senior fellow at the Australian National University. Her Enlightenment Orpheus: The Power of Music in Other Worlds (2008) won the Oscar Kenshur Prize for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the American Musicological Society’s Lewis Lockwood Award. She co-organizes the Critical Thinking programme of the Academy in Exile, which provides fellowships for scholars-at-risk.

In English

Organized by
Alexander Dunst, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen, Anja Schwarz

A criticalhabitations event in cooperation with ICI Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Paderborn University/BMBF, and Potsdam University

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Zeit

(Donnerstag) 18:00

Ort

ICI Berlin

Christinenstr. 18-19

ICI BerlinChristinenstr. 18-19