Rapid Response

Dr. Baruch Gottlieb
Rapid Response

Analog block seminar, English/Deutsch, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Saturday/Sunday, 6.11./7.11. and 20.11./21.11.2021, 10-18 h
Hardenbergstr. 33, room 310

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During this intensive workshop we will sketch out and prototype performative media responses to current events and/or controversies. Paraphrasing Spinoza, rational arguments will never sway the true believers, but performative aesthetics can convey critical positions in a way that synthesizes emotional and cognitive receptivities in the audience. This is what we will methodically explore in many small experiments and discussions.

We will look at techniques of engaging with current events, unpacking them, formulating positions, opinions, responses, narrative contexts, paranoid framings and emancipatory projects. We will examine online performativity and how the entanglements we wish to engage in operate, behave and to what extent they are technologically, culturally and politically over- or under-determined. Our strategy in this will be to produce topical micro-operas, musical-theater and transdisciplinary new media performative forms we will inject into the social media-sphere. We want to methodically develop new techniques of syntheising complex feeling and ideas in dynamic intra-active socio-aesthetic performative practices towards experimental hybrid practices for translocal consciousness.

This workshop-seminar is oriented not only to those in performance and music but also to all who wish to investigate dynamic transdisciplinarity with a consciousness of how contemporary media functions.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: Active and regular participation, one final group or individual project presentation.

Baruch Gottlieb has published widely extensively on digital art, digital archiving, generative and interactive processes, on social and political aspects of digital networks including the monographs "A Political Economy of the Smallest Things" (ATROPOS 2016), and Digital Materialism (Emerald 2018). Trained as a film-maker, he is an artist, curator and scholar with a specialty in media, performance and public art. He is founder and director (with Yang Ji Yoon) of the sound art festival Sound Effects Seoul in Korea and co-founder with Steffi Winkler, of Flusser Club, an association dedicated to the work of Vilém Flusser. He is initiator and curator of a series of travelling trans-disciplinary exhibitions combining philosophy technology, and the arts including "Flusser & the Arts" presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe, AdK Berlin, West den Haag and GAMU Prague, and "FEEDBACK: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts" which has been presented in the Netherlands, Germany, USA and Canada. More information on baruchgottlieb.com.