[artinfo] Materiality in Times of Immateriality, symposium, Kunstuniversität Linz

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Sculpture Unlimited II:
Materiality in Times of Immateriality

26 November 2014

Kunstuniversität Linz
Department of Sculpture - Transmedial Space

With lectures by
Aleksandra Domanoviç, 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 

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.


Department of Sculpture - Transmedial Space

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