"Sculpture Unlimited II:
Materiality in Times of Immateriality"
26 November 2014, 10am–6:30pm
Department of Sculpture – Transmedial Space
Institute for the Fine Arts and Cultural Studies
Audimax and Südflügel
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With lectures by
Aleksandra Domanović, artist, Berlin
Mark Fisher, theorist and writer, Goldsmiths College London
Nathalie Heinich, sociologist, CNRS, EHESS, Paris
Mark Leckey, artist, London
Christiane Sauer, architect, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
Timotheus Vermeulen, theorist and writer, Radboud University Nijmegen
followed by a closing panel session.
While the first symposium "Sculpture Unlimited" in 2010 dealt with the question of how the contemporary field of sculpture can be defined in a useful and stimulating manner against its long history, the second edition looks at the present and future. Organised and introduced by Professor and Head of Department Eva Grubinger and visiting professor Jörg Heiser, with contributions by internationally reputed artists and scholars, the symposium asks the following question: If we assume that computers and algorithms increasingly control our lives, that they not only regulate social and communicative traffic but also produce new materials and things, does this increase or decrease the space for artistic imagination and innovation? Where is the place of art in general and sculpture in particular, provided that we don't want art to resort to merely maintaining aesthetic traditions?
With sculpture as a leading reference, the contributions will address theory, aesthetics, and technology, asking: Do current philosophical movements such as new materialism and object-oriented ontology affect our notion of the art object? Does so-called post-Internet art have a future? And how does the Internet of Things relate to objects and things in art?
The complete program can be found here.
The symposium is open to the public and free of charge.
As with the first "Sculpture Unlimited" symposium, a reader featuring the contributions of all participants will be published with Sternberg Press Berlin in 2015.