Copycat. Dealing with Dangerous Mimesis
From February 23 – 25, 2017 the DFG-Research Unit Media and Mimesis is holding its ﬁrst international symposium. The conference, which takes place in the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar will also mark the completion of the ﬁrst three-year research period of this cooperation of scholars based at the universities of Weimar, Bochum, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Basel and Zürich. Funding for the Research Unit is provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).
- Date: Saturday, 25 February 2017, 03.00 pm
- Location: Festsaal, Goethe-Nationalmuseum, Frauenplan 1, 99423 Weimar
Copycat. Dealing with Dangerous Mimesis aims at re-assessing mimesis as a cultural technique. Against modernity’s self-description as an essentially a-mimetic cultural and social formation the symposium will track down mimetic practices as constitutive functions of culture and sociality in contemporary practices of pictorial representation, in accessing and using symbolic forms (manifested in cross-media processes as diverse as copying, citing, paraphrasing, sampling, serializing, montage and remake), in reenactment, anthropotechnical and intercultural transfers and appropriations.
February 23 – 25, 2017
Bernhard Siegert (Weimar)
Section I – Friedrich Balke (Bochum)
15:30 Dorothee Kimmich (Tübingen)
Vagueness: Similarity as Paradigm in Cultural Theory
16:30 Peter Berz
Erscheinen! Fighting for the Phenotype
Section II – Maria Muhle (Munich)
18:00 Michael T. Taussig (New York)
Why Donkeys are Dumb
20:00 Dinner | Erbenhof
Section III – Markus Krajewski (Basel)
9:00 Tobias Döring
Glass Acts: Dealing with Dangerous Mirrors
10:00 Stephan Kammer (Munich)
Copying Genius: Dangerous Mimesis in Sturm und Drang
11:30 Uwe Wirth (Giessen)
Poetic Paperwork: Cut and Paste as Grafting
12:30 Lunch | Versilia
Section IV – Monika Dommann (Zürich)
14:00 Alexandra Stara (London)
The Radicality of Mimesis: Towards a Proposition for Contemporary Architecture
15:00 Eva von Engelberg-Dočkal (Weimar)
Dangerous Architecture: Reconstruction and Historicising Building as a Threat
Section V – Lorenz Engell (Weimar)
16:30 Lisa Gotto (Cologne)
Bits and Bugs: Distributed Mimesis as Digital Default
17:30 Christiane Voss (Weimar)
19:00 Conference Dinner
Section VI – Helga Lutz (Weimar)
9:30 Michael Hutter (Berlin)
Alberti-Windows, Gersaint-Catalogues and Warhol-Flowers: Historical Interplays between Creation and Innovation in Aesthetic Games
11:00 Evonne Levy (Toronto)
Jesuit Mimesis: Three Approaches
12:00 Ralph Dekoninck (Louvain-la-Neuve)
Mimesis and / or Invention: The Quarrel about the Quarrel of the Ancient and the Moderns
The event is open to the public, with advance registration requested (mum[at]medien.uni-weimar.de).
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