[artinfo] online symposium: Future Bodies from a Recent Past
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Tue Jan 19 20:30:36 CET 2021
Future Bodies from a Recent Past-Sculpture,
Technology, and the Body since the 1950s
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 Dziewaska: "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
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
Bunz on "Art and Artificial Intelligence,"
organized by Ursula Ströbele.
Generously supported by ERES Foundation and PIN.
Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.
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