[artinfo] online symposium: Future Bodies from a Recent Past

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Future Bodies from a Recent Past-Sculpture, 
Technology, and the Body since the 1950s

Online symposium

January 21-23, 2021

Museum Brandhorst presents "Future Bodies from a 
Recent Past-Sculpture, Technology,?and the 
Body?since the 1950s,"?a large-scale research and 
exhibition project investigating the impact made 
by technological developments and changing 
notions of the body on the medium of sculpture.

Technology permeates the body, the body permeates 
technology.?What is immediately evident for 
contemporary art, and especially post-digital 
practices with their rematerialized avatars and 
techno bodies, can be traced back to the 
beginnings of modernity as a hitherto 
little-noticed history of art and especially 
sculpture.?This history of sculpture is one of 
hybridization and the dismantling of its 
purported autonomy, which begins well before the 
historicized narrative of the dissolution of the 
medium in the 1960s and continues in sculptural 
forms up to the present day. In the process, the 
resilience of sculptural categories-spatiality, 
plasticity, motion/animation, and 
form/materiality, but also its intrinsic forms of 
corporeality-moves into the focus of 

During the three-day international symposium, 
leading theorists will explore the lines of 
reference between technology, the body, and 
sculpture from the perspectives of art history, 
philosophy, media and literary studies, 
sociology, and the history of science. With 
contributions on individual artistic positions 
and specific thematic complexes, such as the 
influence on sculpture of changing production 
technologies, materialities, and concepts of the 
body, but also interdisciplinary considerations 
of body-technology relations, a multi-perspective 
history of contemporary sculpture will be 

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(all contributions in English)

Thursday, January 21, 2021

7-9pm CET | Panel
Transformations in Postwar Sculpture
Anne M. Wagner: "David Smith: Sculpture as Sign"
Alex Kitnick: "New, Newer, Newest: Eduardo Paolozzi's Laocoön"
Namiko Kunimoto: "Tanaka Atsuko: Circuits of Technology and Female Labor"
Chair: Patrizia Dander

Friday, January 22, 2021

5-7pm CET | Panel
Hybrid Figurations of the 1960s
Jo Applin: "Jann Haworth and the Poetics of Softness"
Marta DziewaŸska: "The Futurism of the Female Avant-Garde"
Antje Krause-Wahl: "Shiny Matters in/and 1960s Sculptured Figurations"
Chair: Manuela Ammer

8-10pm CET | Lecture and talk
Theories of Sculpture in Technological Change
Ursula Ströbele: "From Body to Machine: Sculpture 
in Times of Technological Change"
Megan R. Luke: "Sculpture in the Age of Mass Reproducibility"

Saturday, January 23, 2021

5-6:45pm CET | Panel
Materializing Cyberbodies since the 1980s
Jeannine Tang: "Subject to Security: Tishan Hsu and Julia Scher"
Marie-Luise Angerer: "Body Options Revised: from 
Cyborg Enhancement to Sensitive Entanglement"
Chair: Franziska Linhardt

6:45-7:15pm CET | Intermezzo
Louis Chude-Sokei: The Desire of Objects: Slavery and the Sex-Life of Machines

8-10pm CET | Panel
Posthuman Embodiment and Material Entanglements-a 
Theoretical Outlook and Review
N. Katherine Hayles: "Artificial Bodies in 
Motion: from Top-down Control to Relational 
Josef Barla: "Cutting Technology and the Body 
Together-Apart: Bodies-in-Technologies and the 
Haunting Climate of Materializations"
Chair: Maria Muhle

Technology, and the Body since the 1950s" is 
organized by Patrizia Dander, chief curator, and 
Franziska Linhardt, research associate, supported 
by Lena Tilk. The talks will be streamed and 
archived on 
Brandhorst's YouTube channel.

The symposium will be held in cooperation with 
Center for Modern and Contemporary Art?at the 
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, and 
accompanied by online lectures by 
Paul and 
Bunz on "Art and Artificial Intelligence," 
organized by Ursula Ströbele.

Generously supported by ERES Foundation and PIN. 
Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.

For further information please contact our press department:
Anna Woll
<mailto:presse at museum-brandhorst.de?subject=Future%20Bodies%20from%20a%20Recent%20Past>presse at museum-brandhorst.de

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