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Symposium on Artistic Knowledge Production

May 24, 2013

"Re-thinking artistic knowledge production: distributed creativity - global media cultures" was the title of a symposium held from May 23 to 24 at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It was organised by the DFG network "Media of Collective Intelligence" and the Cluster's Chair of Global Art History.

The symposium dealt with the production of knowledge in artistic or aesthetic practices. While contemporary art takes over scientific methods and practices, it still leaves the question open whether or not aesthetic practices should be judged differently from scientific experimentation and what exactly the outcome of artistic knowledge is. The aim of the symposium was to re-think aesthetic knowledge production from a new vantage point, focusing on the importance of distributed creativity and globally entangled media cultures.

The symposium addressed media based processes of distributed creativity and discussed how the global turn has transformed practices of professional artists and creative amateurs alike who engage in what can be called transcultural mediascapes. The programme featured a screening of the documentary "Abgedreht! China töpfert bodennah" in German, conceived by Anette Mertens with filmmaker Christof Thurnherr. The film was shown on the first evening. The symposium took place from May 23 to 24 at the Karl Jaspers Centre Heidelberg.

The interdisciplinary symposium was organised by Franziska Koch (Heidelberg University) and Samantha Schramm (University of Konstanz), who are members of the DFG network "Media of Collective Intelligence". It was hosted by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University and chaired by Monica Juneja, Cluster Professorship of Global Art History.

For detailed information visit the symposium website


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  • Prof. Juneja and Franziska Koch giving an introduction speech at the symposium

  • During a lecture by Elke Bippus

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  • The knowledge (54th Venice Biennale) 2011 by artist Shih Chieh Huang (Taipei) (source: wikimedia commons)