Digital Materiality (Intensive Seminar)

Dr. Baruch Gottlieb
Digital Materiality

Intensive Seminar, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Friday-Monday, 16.6.-19.6.2017, 10-17 h, HybridLab, Villa Bell, Marchstr. 8, 10587 Berlin

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Digital technologies and processes are increasingly integrated in all aspects of our lives, they open up new realms of experience and questions about who and what we are. In this seminar we will analyze digital technologies from their material properties to help grasp what they are, how they are changing us and, perhaps how we can change them. We will reference thinkers from Aristotle and Plato through Marx, Kant, Descartes up to present day with Karen Barad, Katheryn Hayles and Bernard Stiegler. We will explore the ever diversifying, discipline-melting realms of creative digital practices, which may be art, design, propaganda, engineering, and all at once. We will discuss, research and prepare small presentations for each other, as we attempt to synthesize our understanding in texts, performances and objects.

This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Berlin Summer University of the Arts. Thus the workshop-group is a mixture of regular students and international participants.

Reading list:
Barad, Karen: Meeting the Universe Half-way, Duke U. Press, 2007.  
Bratton, Benjamin: The Stack,  MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015.
Carrier, Martin / Nordmann, Alfred, eds.: Science in the Context of Application. Springer, Dordrecht, 2010.
Federici, S.: A Feminist Critique of Marxism, 2013.
Galison, P. Daston, L.: Objectivity. Zone, Brooklyn, 2007.
Havelock, Eric: Preface to Plato, University of Harvard Press, Cambridge, 1969.
Pickering, Andrew: The Mangle of Practice. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1988.

Leistungsanforderungen für den unbenoteten Studium-Generale-Schein:Participants will be asked to do a small assignment, a book review, or critique of an exhibition, or some other kind of presentation. Regular attendance and participation in the discussions is the most important.

Baruch Gottlieb, trained as a filmmaker at Concordia University, has been working in digital art with specialization in public art since 1999. He has exhibited and produced permanent works globally including: Prince Takamatsu Gallery Tokyo (2005), ZKM Museum for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2011) Dakar Biennale (2002, 2004, 2006) transmediale, Berlin (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Gwangju Biennale (2004), Yeosu World Expo (2012), ISEA Istanbul (2011), LABORAL (2011), Canadian Embassy Berlin (2011) etc. From 2005-2008 he was assistant professor of Media Art at Yonsei University Graduate School for Communication and Arts in Seoul, Korea. He is currently Artist-researcher in Residence at the Institute for Time-based Media and lecturer in philosophy of digital art at the University of Arts Berlin and honorary fellow of the Vilém Flusser Archiv. He is also artistic director of the exhibition series “Flusser & the Arts”. He writes extensively on digital media, on digital archiving, generative and interactive processes, digital media for public space and on social aspects of networked media. More information on