Lecturer: Jörg Brinkmann
Credits: 6 ECTS[[ECTS|European Credit Transfer System]], 4 SWS[[SWS|Semesterwochenstunden]]
Date: Thursdays 17:00-20:30
Venue: Performance Platform, Digital Bauhaus Lab (Room 001)
First meeting: Thursday, October 12th 2017, 17:00

We live in weird times, where Internet memes could start a Third World War, where the Internet offers the hope of transcultural communication and at the same time creates an uncontrollable chaos of shitstorms and cyberbullying that makes it seem like we are thrown ‘back into the future’ of the digital Middle Ages.

How do we define authenticity and sincerity in times of fake news and post-truth politics? When laptops and smartphones become an important part of self-fulfillment and identity, when everybody can be a ‘news’ reporter, who can you believe to be sincere?

This course asks the recurring, ever haunting question of what is authentic. Has the search for it always been a deceptive road? How real does authenticity need to be today?

We will investigate, question and challenge modern and historical concepts related to the topic and create performative works that can be presented in the form of live performances, video works or installations. The course supports and excercises independent, self-motivated work. Together, we will create an environment in which students can produce and discuss their own subjects related to the matter.

In order to successfully participate you will have to develop and document your own project that can be in the form of a performance, video work or installation for example. Also, regularly attend to the sessions and participation is mandatory.

The course will be in English, unless all participants are speaking German.

Please send a motivation letter before October 10th, 2017 to joerg.brinkmann@uni-weimar.de



  • Your motivation to join the course
  • If you have a portfolio, webpage or any links or PDFs of your own projects, please attach them. It doesn't have to relate to the class
  • Name, Surname
  • program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
  • matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)