Chair Persons: Alexander Schwinghammer & Daniel Wessolek Presenters: Nicholas Salazar, Asko Lehmuskallio, Anna Lena Seiser & Sebastian Sierra Barra
A violation of the norm whether intended or by chance entails the danger of facing punishment either through law enforcement, violent response, stigmatization as ‘deviant’ or abhorrence by society. Generally acts of deviance mark infringements of established patterns. However linked to the notion of intended deviancy being in fact an alleged deviance as an attempt to attract audiences or consumers. Deviancy appears to possess the potential be used as a method to generate an image, such as giving a brand a dash of rebelliousness by attributing deviance to it. Deviancy can be employed by others as a description, as well as it can be used as a self-description (for economical reasons for instance). In contrast to deviancy that can be used externally and internally, discreditation is a performative act of ascription by others. A key intention of discreditation seems to be the intended damage of the ‘good’ reputation of someone or something. Discreditation happens on purpose. This panel explores different social formations, events, artistic endeavours, sites, performative behaviours and fields of inquiry that employ strategies of discreditiation. Therefore a wide focus is used to map an underrepresented and diverse field.
- Alexander Schwinghammer works as a research associate for Theory and History of Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. His background is in cultural, studies, anthropology and theatre studies. Research interests include performance theory, visual culture, the visuality of war, ideas on appropriative acts and the anthropological momentum of reporting.
- Daniel Wessolek works as a research associate in Interaction Design at Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany. He holds an MFA in Media Art & Design from Bauhaus University Weimar, an MA in Art Theory from Tongji University Shanghai and a BA in Digital Media from University of the Arts Bremen. His research currently focuses on glowing matter, open design and civil engagement.