June 13 - 15, 2017
Symposium Poetry of the Real: Archives Values Futures
FHNW Academy of Art and Design – Campus of the Arts
Freilager Platz 1
4023 Basel
European Center for Art, Design and Media Based Research

Free entry, no registration needed

In summer 2016 the FHNW Academy of Art and Design staged the symposium Poetry of the Real: Conversations on Arts Research. It was attended by many international speakers, including Corina Caduff (ZHdK, Zurich), Carla Delfos (ELIA, Amsterdam), Francesco Erspamer (Harvard University, Cambridge), Mikhail Karikis (Royal College of Art, London), Bernd Scherer (HKW, Berlin) and Maxa Zoller (American University, Cairo). The topics discussed related to the different strategies in contemporary artistic research and aesthetic practices.

This year’s transdisciplinary symposium “Poetry of the Real: Archives Values Futures” explores the multifaceted transfer of knowledge within the arts today. It inquires into the conditions of preservation and representation of artistic, design-based and architectural systems of knowledge. Language is not the only medium of conservation; objects and images, too, including the media technologies required for recording and storage yield new ways of ordering knowledge.

The various sections of the symposium are grouped around the terms “archive – values – futures” which, based on an extended understanding of the concept of knowledge, also allows for a discussion on power, value and future. Knowledge spawns documenting, ordering, diagnosing, systematizing as well as prognosticating practices made use of by both scientists and artists. In addition, the symposium considers the possibility of extending these practices to include new disciplines and new learning and teaching regimes, thus opening up the perspective on emerging cultures and visions concerning knowledge of the future. The symposium takes up the challenge and explores how artistic resources can contribute to the emergence of new knowledge systems between past, present and future.


Tuesday 13th June 2017
Celebrating Campus of the Arts

18.00 –  2.00      Emerging Real – Electronic Music Night
19.30 – 20.00     Vectors and Skins – Opening reception
20.00 – 20.30    Ingela Ihrmann – The Inner Ocean – Opening reception
20.30 – 21.00     Neu|Now (in collaboration with ELIA, Amsterdam) – Opening and reception

Wednesday 14th June 2017
Symposium Poetry of the Real: Archives – Values – Futures
Guided through the day Carla Delfos

8.30 – 9.45        Arrival, Performance (Page Left Blank) and Coffee
9.45 – 10.00      Opening and Introduction of Symposium Objectives
10.00 – 10.05     Intro Archives: Patterns of Understanding

How is the past constructed? How do memories, collections and archives create an image of the past, which in its totality remains unfathomable? From which reservoir of methods and practices, and models of time and space is new knowledge drawn?

10.05 – 10.45    Taco Dibbits
10.45 – 11.30     Lars Ebert

11.45 – 11.50       Intro Values: Art and Knowledge

Chair: Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke

In their role as knowledge-regulating bodies, media raise questions as to the power systems underpinning that knowledge. What impact does the transfer of media have on the production of knowledge? The difficulty of media representation and the reliance on elaborate technical procedures in data collection.

11.50 – 12.30      Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kannonier and Valie Export
12.30 – 13.15      Christian Schneegass

13.30 – 14.30     Lunch Break

14.30 – 14.35     Intro Values: Media and Knowledge

Chair: Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis

Examples from institutional practice: questions regarding the order, distribution and representation of knowledge by means of the media. Which regulatory bodies step into action in archives, not least when handling the materiality of knowledge. What significance is given to the knowledge-generating effect every intervention has on material and media culture?

14.35 – 15.15.      Prof. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, PhD

15.15 – 16.00.     Prof. Chris Wainwright

16.15 – 16.20      Intro Futures: The Emerging Real

Chair: Prof. Kirsten Langkilde

The session raises questions as to the expansion of acknowledged aesthetic and scientific practices in view of the current reordering of knowledge, with respect to the future of art, design and the media.

16.20 – 17.00      Prof. Pierluigi Sacco, PhD
17.00 – 17.45      Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp, PhD

17.45 – 18.30      Summary

Chair: Carla Delfos

Round Table with Prof. Wendy Chun PhD, Taco Dibbits, Prof. Francesco Erspamer PhD, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kannonier,  Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis, Prof. Chus Martinez, Prof. Dr. Nicolaj van der Meulen

19.00                   Apéro (Ground Floor)

Thursday 15 June 2017

13.00 – 13.15      Introduction (D1.04)

Prof. Michael Renner

13.15 – 14.45      Workshop I – Impact of Culture (D7.07)

Lead: Prof. Pierluigi Sacco PhD, Jana Eske

13.15 – 14.45      Workshop II – Architectures of Meaning – Artistic Survey of Archives (D6.04)

Lead: Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke / Christian Schneegass

13.15 – 14.45      Workshop III – Methods of Aesthetic Practice and Thinking (D3.05)

Lead: Prof. Francesco Erspamer PhD / Prof. Dr. Karin
Harrasser / Prof. Dr. Nicolaj van der Meulen / Prof. Dr. Jörg Wiesel

14.45 – 15.15      Plenary discussion (D1.04)

Moderator: Prof. Pierluigi Sacco PhD

15.15 – 15.45      Coffee (D1.03)

15.45 – 17.00     Workshop IV – Poetry of the Real (D7.07)

Lead: Prof. Kirsten Langkilde / Dr. Mario Klinger /

Prof.  Michael Renner / Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp PhD

15.45 – 17.00    Workshop V – Design, Media and Criticality (D3.05)

Lead: Prof. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun PhD / Prof. Dr. Claudia

Mareis / Dr. Shintaro Miyazaki / Prof. Dr. Christa Sommerer

15.45 – 17.00      Workshop VI – Digital Matter (Food Culture Lab)

Lead: Nicolas Ebner / Jürgen Enge

17.00 – 17.30      Summary and Closing (D1.04)

Prof. Kirsten Langkilde & workshops leaders

17.30                    Apéro (Ground Floor)