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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
  • Type:
    • Konferenz/Symposium/Tagung

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

February 23

15:00 Welcome
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

17:30 Break

Section II – Maria Muhle (Munich)
18:00 Michael T. Taussig (New York)
Why Donkeys are Dumb

20:00 Dinner | Erbenhof

February 24

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

11:00 Break

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

16:00 Break

Section V – Lorenz Engell (Weimar)
16:30 Lisa Gotto (Cologne)
Bits and Bugs: Distributed Mimesis as Digital Default

17:30 Christiane Voss (Weimar)
Dioramatic Mimesis

19:00 Conference Dinner

February 25

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

10:30 Break

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]

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