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Researching BWPWAP

International Research Conference and PhD Workshop to be held at Leuphana University of Lüneburg

22 24 November 2012

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Organised by:
Digital Aesthetics/Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University
reSource transmedial culture berlin/transmediale festival
Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

In referring to the cancellation of Pluto’s planetary status in 2006, BWPWAP (Back When Pluto Was a Planet), the 2013 theme of the transmediale festival, interrogates techno-cultural processes of displacement and invention, asking for artistic and speculative responses to new cultural imaginaries. Back When Pluto Was a Planet, life might have seemed more innocent, yet whole cultural imaginaries, like planetary systems, may change overnight, and technical and cultural paradigms along with them. The festival will take this fragility of culture as a point of departure for exploring the disruptive potential of technological development and artistic practice.

This conference and workshop, which precedes transmediale, asks how BWPWAP can be interpreted in the context of research culture that has been significantly destabilised by network culture and digital media. If Pluto didn’t exactly fall prey to an epistemological break or a scientific revolution, but rather to a mundane administrative procedure then what does this say about contemporary research culture? Is research today occupied more with mundane acts of recategorisation, and – after Bologna – with what Lyotard already called performativity? Or does it still engage the kind of marvel and wonder that so many ascribe to Pluto and that BWPWAP captures as a cultural term? If BWPWAP captures a time when transmedial culture was researched outside academia, how does network culture and digital media then contribute to and transform research culture, forcing it out of its closet and, if not into the solar system, then at least beyond the academy?

4 speakers

  • Ruxandra Bularca @SandraBrc Digital enthusiast, Creative Director at Tri@log Association, E-learning consultant, freelance writer and cultural mediator
  • Marcello Lussana @erasedbodies

18 sessions

Day 1 from 3:30pm to 5pm Thursday 22nd November 2012

Day 2 from 9am to 5:40pm Friday 23rd November 2012

Day 3 from 9am to 11am Saturday 24th November 2012

16 known attendees

  • Simon Worthington
  • Sandra Brc
  • Marcello Lussana
  • Matthias Tarasiewicz
  • Mikkel Bech-Hansen
  • Artistic Technology
  • sheila ribeiro
  • lerone
  • silvana carotenuto
  • Christian Andersen
  • Søren Pold
  • Tatiana Bazzichelli
  • micha cárdenas
  • Andrew Newman
  • Armin Beverungen

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