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How to Relate: Appropriation, Mediation, Figuration – Tagung

Stathis Mamalakis: Brandon LaBelle, The Ungovernable, Listening Space, documenta 14, Athen 2017. Performanceansicht.

© Stathis Mamalakis

With appropriation, mediation, and figuration, the conference will discuss three epistemic ways of relating and the promises and ambivalences that are bound up with each of them.

 

How to Relate: Appropriation, Mediation, Figuration
Annual Conference of the DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge in the Arts”

July 5th–7th, 2018
Medienhaus,  Berlin University of the Arts
Grunewaldstr. 2-5, 10823 Berlin

Conference languages are German and English.
No registration required. 

How to relate? To each other, to something? Questions about relations are relevant for a knowledge in the arts. For just which knowledge can be produced depends on the success or failure of relations: Knowledge is implicated in power relations in institutional, social, and technological infrastructure; it is formed in colliding demands of hegemony and emancipation; it is created in the momentum of things and materials.

With appropriation, mediation, and figuration, the conference will discuss three epistemic ways of relating and the promises and ambivalences that are bound up with each of them. The appropriation of knowledge and skills is a foundational form for carrying out all learning and research, and yet the concept implies a possible appropriation of cognitive, aesthetic, or cultural capital. Mediation enables participation in knowledge, and yet its form—whether in an exhibition space, on the stage, or in transmission by media—has an effect on the mediated meaning. And the concept of figuration brings an understanding of knowledge in the arts as a relational process, as an embodiment in space-time that arises through the coming together of heterogeneous actors, materials, and sources. How do such encounters generate entryways to another kind of knowledge?

Through lectures, discussion, and performances, practitioners of art, science, and activism will consider their own interrelatedness in these ways of relating. Do these ways of relating offer new spaces and imperatives for action?

Participants include: Beatriz Colomina, Ann Cvetkovich, Tom Holert, Brandon LaBelle, Maurício Liesen, Marcell Mars, Sibylle Peters, Mirjam Schaub, Melanie Sehgal, Femke Snelting & Jara Rocha, Nora Sternfeld, Kathrin Thiele, Brigitte Weingart, Marina Vishmidt, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

 

Concept: Annika Haas, Maximilian Haas, Hanna Magauer, Dennis Pohl
Organization: Juana Awad, Christina Deloglu-Kahlert
Support: Johanna Heyne, Alicja Schindler

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