[ISEA97] Paper: Yvonne Spielmann – History and Theory of Intermedia in Visual Culture


Taking as a starting point the history and the discourse of intermedia, my paper relates to the current debates of intermedia describing the phenomena of crossing the borders between traditional media (such as painting and photography) and contemporary media (such as cinema, television, video, and digital technologies). What I am interested in is to show the ways that the processes of interrelation are transforming the notion of the image. From that point of view I will focus on the visual devices of intermedia in recent media art.

Intermedia, multimedia, hypertext, and other related terms are common in the contemporary debates on recent developments in new media. Evidently, a variety of terms are used to name processes in which there is an interrelationship, a dialogue between two elements of differing media. The variety of names is a reflection of the current media debate which tries to comprehend, to determine and to communicate the combinations of diverse and heterogenous elements which are recognizable within the recent d evelopments of audio-visual media. Approaches in Cultural and Media Studies, semiotic and formal theories, when viewed together show the difficulties to come to terms with those new forms effected by the ways that elements of different media relate to each other.

  • Yvonne Spielmann (Germany), Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany. Education: Study in German Literature, Philosophy and American Studies. Ph.D. (1989) with a dissertation on the concept of the avant-garde. In 1997 qualification as univer­sity lecturer with a postdoctoral thesis (habilitation) on the aesthetics of the interrelation of media images.Teaching appointments:film studies at the Free University of Berlin; media studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the University of Konstanz, Germany. Fellowships and Grants: fellow at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica. Pre- and postdoctoral fel­lowships from the universites of Hannover and Konstanz. Grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG).Organizer of two international conferences: one on the avant-garde (1989), the other on the exchange of different arts and media (1991). In preparation: international conference on the interrelation of media images and images in media to be held in April 1998 at the University of Siegen, Germany. Publications: Articles and essays on experiment and avant-garde in film, fine arts, and electronic media, history and theory of visual media, aesthetic theroy, media history and theory, the interrelation of media in visual culture. books in German: Arts and Politics of the Avant-garde (editor), Frankfurt/Main 1989; The concept of the Avant-Garde, Frankfurt/Main 1991; Aesthetic Theory of intermedia (forth­coming). Currently Assistant Professor in media studies, Dept. of Art History at the University of Siegen, and Dept. of Media Studies at the University of Konstanz.

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