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Buchpräsentation „Kommunikation – Medien – Kultur“

Prof. Dr. Michael Hanke, Professor für Deutsche Sprache und Medien an der Universität von Natal, Brasilien, präsentiert sein neues Buch „Kommunikation – Medien – Kultur. Vilém Flusser und die Signatur der telematischen Gesellschaft“ (Berlin: Kadmos, 2017) im Vilém Flusser Archiv.

Vilém Flusser, Theoretiker des Technobildes, Vordenker der neuen Medien und der telematischen Gesellschaft, wird in dieser Synopse seines Gesamtwerks, auch seinem Selbstverständnis gemäß, als Kommunikationstheoretiker und Kommunikologe in einer breiteren, philosophischen, wissenschafts- und kulturtheoretischen, gesellschaftskritischen Perspektive vorgestellt. Dafür wird der Entwicklungsgang seines Denkens rekonstruiert, angefangen von seiner brasilianischen, portugiesischsprachigen Werkphase bis hin zu seiner späteren deutschsprachigen, und von seiner frühen Tendenz zu Philosophie und Sprachphilosophie bis zu Kommunikations- und Kulturtheorie. Weil demnach der Mensch das Wesen ist, das Tricks erfunden hat, um Informationen zu speichern und weiterzugeben, stehen sowohl die zwischenmenschliche Kommunikation als auch alte und neue Medien im Zentrum der Betrachtung sowie die Dialektik von Text und Bild mit Blick auf die sich abzeichnenden neuen Möglichkeiten der digitalen Computerkultur.

Mit ›Kommunikation‹, ›Medien‹ und ›Kultur‹ werden hier drei signifikante Grundbegriffe in Anschlag gebracht, um einen Zugang zu diesem mehrsprachigen, vielschichtigen und nach wie vor aktuellen Werk zu eröffnen.

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»We "know" that there is nothing wonderful about the world, or about ourselves, (...) and still we produce wonder after wonder. Perhaps (...) what science is really about is not to explain wonders, but to create them.« – Vilém Flusser

Das Residency-Programm ist eine Kooperation zwischen dem Vilém Flusser Archiv der Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) und der transmediale, Festival für Kunst und digitale Kultur Berlin.
Mit dem Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research sucht das Vilém Flusser Archiv in Kooperation mit der transmediale künstlerische Forschungsprojekte, die aktiv die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von transdisziplinären und transmedialen Situationen in unserer zeitgenössischen Gesellschaft untersuchen. In diesem Sinne verstehen wir die künstlerische Forschung als eine Untersuchung der Verbindungen zwischen Ästhetik, Materialität und Politik.
Mit dem Programm werden Projekte und Arbeiten unterstützt, die sich in einem konzeptionellen Stadium befinden und sich durch ihren prozessbasierten und unabgeschlossenen Charakter auszeichnen.
Theorie und Praxis sind für Vilém Flusser untrennbar miteinander verbunden. Sein nomadisches Denken war geprägt von einer Philosophie der Standpunkte. Im Vordergrund seines Denkens stand das experimentelle Austesten unterschiedlicher Denkwege und die Verknüpfung verschiedener Disziplinen und Methodologien. Nicht die Wahrheitserkenntnis, sondern das Spiel mit ihr und ihrer ästhetischen Konstitution prägte sein Denken, das er oft erst im Dialog mit und durch den anderen entwickelte. Seine Philosophie zeichnete sich durch den Dialog mit und zwischen den verschiedenen Disziplinen, Standpunkten und Methodologien aus.

Wissensproduktion als Dialog zwischen unterschiedlichen Standpunkten, zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst, Labor und Praxis, alten und neuen Medien, globalen und lokalen Organisationsformen bildet daher das Leitmotiv für die Vorstellung von künstlerischen Praxis wie sie durch das Vilém Flusser Residency Programm for Artistic Research gefördert wird.

Der Call zur Bewerbung auf die Residency wird jährlich im Herbst veröffentlicht.

Artists in residence 2018: Viktorija Šiaulytė & Marta Dauliūtė http://lastproject.eu
Artists in residence 2017: Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini https://demystification.co/mmittee/
Artists in residence 2016: Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke http://additivism.org
Artists in residence 2015: Valentina Karga & Pieterjan Grandry http://www.marketforimmaterialvalue.com
Artist in residence 2014: Rosemary Lee http://rosemary-lee.com
Artist in residence 2013: Pinar Yoldas http://www.pinaryoldas.info
Artist in residence 2012: Georgios Papadopoulos http://georgiospapadopoulos.info

Annually, the Vilém Flusser Archive and Transmediale are searching for artistic researchers, who work toward exploring the capabilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture, and further, aim at innovative approaches to link discipline of art to aesthetics, materiality, and politics.
The Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research supports projects and activities which are simultaneously conceptual and practice-based. The programme is intended for initiation of new research projects, as well as further development of existing projects.
For Vilém Flusser, theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions, experimental approach to different ways of thinking, as well as interplay of different disciplines and methodologies. Therefore, his philosophical thought was strongly characterized not by the search for absolute truth, but rather by playing with the aesthetic constitution of truth, often developed in dialogue with others.
A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between the disciplines, viewpoints, and methodologies. The guiding principle of research supported by the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research is knowledge production as a dialogue between various standpoints, such as between science and art, laboratory and applied research, old and new media and local and global forms of organization.
The call is published annually in autumn.

Artists in residence 2018: Viktorija Šiaulytė & Marta Dauliūtė http://lastproject.eu
Artists in residence 2017: Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini https://demystification.co/mmittee/
Artists in residence 2016: Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke http://additivism.org
Artists in residence 2015: Valentina Karga & Pieterjan Grandry http://www.marketforimmaterialvalue.com
Artist in residence 2014: Rosemary Lee http://rosemary-lee.com
Artist in residence 2013: Pinar Yoldas http://www.pinaryoldas.info
Artist in residence 2012: Georgios Papadopoulos http://georgiospapadopoulos.info

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Offshore Investment Vehicle at UdK-Rundgang

The scale and complexity of the offshore financial system is enormous. Half of the global wealth is calculated to be offshore, stacked in tax havens. But where is offshore? And what does it mean to be offshore?

To explore these questions, the Demystification Committee has infiltrated a number of tax havens and set up an international corporate structure that spans three seas: an Offshore Investigation Vehicle. At the head of this corporate structure is Empire Management, a UK Private Limited Company.

Workshop on Friday, 21 July, 7—9PM (presentations every 20 minutes):
Empire Management will give you the chance to go offshore by becoming a shareholder in the company. The directors of Empire Management will hold a series of presentations for potential investors, outlining the opportunities and exploring quasi-legal tactics of offshoring.

This evening of financial speculation offers you the opportunity, through the global financial system, to be both here and elsewhere, and to profit from it in the near future.
(Shares from as little as 5€)

Exhibition on Saturday, 22 July, 11am–10pm and Sunday, 23 July, 11am-8pm:
The Demystification Committee will exhibit souvenirs from its offshore travels. Offshore is always elsewhere, a virtual space we cannot travel to physically - we must create avatars, proxies, to travel there for us. Companies are one such proxy, and they come into being through their legal documentation: certificates of incorporation, shareholders agreements, company seals.

These will be shown alongside diagrams representing the company structures as seen from different angles. How does the Offshore Investigation Vehicle look when approached from different jurisdictions, through different legal codes, or as different offshore avatars?

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The Demystification Committee is a framework for art and research investigating the covert, extended systems of power that shape society. This exploration encompasses the study of platforms, legal frameworks, machines and communication networks.

This practice necessitates the creation of tools and machines for exploration and develops towards public engagement through roundtables, and visual, written and sonic works. Going beyond the use of specific techniques or technologies, the Demystification Committee offers alternative narratives to the dominant myths surrounding technology and society.

The residency program is a cooperation between the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and transmediale, festival for art and digital culture Berlin.

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Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research 2017: Demystification Committee

For the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research 2017, we are pleased to announce that jury members Kristoffer Gansing, Susanne Kriemann and Maren Hartmann have selected the The Demystification Committee, consisting of the artist duo Oliver Smith and Francesco Tacchini, for their residency project proposal Offshore investigation vehicle.

Chaired by Smith and Tacchini, The Demystification Committee is a collaborative framework set up to investigate the globalised, extra-state, covert systems and large-scale networks, processes and technologies that shape our society. The exploration of such fluctuating technology encompasses, but is not limited to, the study of platforms, machines, physical networks, virtual & artificial forces, legal & juridical frameworks. With a focus on these processes the Committee attempts to represent, expose and understand clashing technological and societal trajectories through artistic experimentation. Going beyond the use of specific techniques, tools or technologies, the Demystification Committee experiments with alternative narratives to the dominant myths surrounding technology and society.

The proposal for the residency, Offshore investigation vehicle is based on ongoing research into the structures of power embodied in offshore practices and tries to identify means of dislocating these financial systems. The artists have chosen an interventionist approach through which they themselves propose to become offshore. But how does one do that when such structures and their perpetrators remain obscure? By the creation of an “Offshore A-Z” database, the Committee has carried out a first, pre-Panama Papers, data collection on which algorithms operate, mapping and utilising patterns such as recurring tactical mistakes in the naming and legal frameworks of offshore finance. The next phase of the project involves setting up an offshore entity in order to research the subject further from within as well as exploring possible offshore tactics with additional collaborators through a series of workshops. The jury especially valued the political nature of the project as combined with a sensitivity for the aesthetics of offshoring and the provocative nature of the experimental methodology, formulated as a “research threat”. As the artists themselves write, they are “using the tools of financial secrecy to create not an offshore investment vehicle, but an offshore investigation vehicle.” In this sense, the jury found the project also related to Vilém Flusser’s concept of ”apparatus“, since ”[a]pparatuses, though the result of industry, point beyond the industrial context towards post-industrial society. Therefore a formulation of things based on industry (…) is no longer competent to deal with apparatuses and misses what they are about. We have to reach out for new categories in order to be able to tackle apparatuses and define what they are.“ (Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography)

The residency program is a cooperation between the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and transmediale, festival for art and digital culture Berlin.

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