Data, Knowledge, Narrative (Seminar)

Dr. Baruch Gottlieb
Data, Knowledge, Narrative
Seminar/Workshop, English/Deutsch, 2 SWS, 2 LP
Thursday, 14-16 h, weekly, starts 27.10.2016, Hardenbergstr. 33, room 110
(There is no Seminar on 1.12.2016!)

This will be an experimental workshop-type series of meetings where we will interrogate the meanings and usefulness of digital data. We look carefully at digital data, what it is made of, where it comes from, how it is produced and reproduced. We will look at our own data, others' data and data of things and processes. And we discuss and explore together how we make meaning of data and data environments, through metaphors, narratives, polemics and other cultural strategies. For hints we will look at Vilém Flusser’s notions of code, technical images, and synthetic thinking, media archaeology, net art and post-internet art, and more recent thinkers like Benjamin Bratton, N. Katherine Hayles, Elisabeth Gross and Elisabeth von Samsonow and many more.

Participants will be encouraged to develop their own response to our investigation of digital data according to their own disciplinary interest. We can convene in English and German as need be.

Activity requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: Participants make a short (maximum 15 minute) presentation/performance at one point during the semester. Engagement in seminar discussions and exercises is expected.


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