Chair Persons : Anke Finger & Christiane Heibach
Presenters: Randall Packer, Cretien van Campen & Birgit Mersmann
Interart Studies has established itself as a field wherein scholars from a variety of disciplines analyze the interrelation between different art forms based on historically divergent concepts of mono- and intermediality. Intermediality, in turn, denotes interrelated strategies of different media designs that generate new forms of presentation and reception modes – modes that amount to more than just an accumulation of the media involved. To cite one example: the integration of film/video in some theatre performances today merges 3-D-(the stage) and 2-D-(the screen) technologies. This interrelation not only changes the stage design, but also affects the actors’ performances as they interact with each other while maintaining visibility in front of the screen. This simultaneity demands increased attention to both natural (the co-actors) and technical media (film/video) – and, by default, the same applies to the reception modes of the audience. Consequently, the notion of intermediality comprises media presentation strategies and intersensorial perception modes. This new phenomenon or trend is, as of yet, barely accounted for in Interart Studies, excepting a few notable models such as Caroline A. Jones’s concept of “sensorium” that relates sensorial perception to cultural medialization. Intersensorial perception, nonetheless, is currently emerging as a prominent area in various disciplines, showcasing new phenomenological approaches. This panel, then, seeks to push this area further, particularly emphasizing the role of media and medialization: Brian Massumi’s and Mark Hansen’s work, for example, despite its significance, continues to employ an undifferentiated notion of “embodiment“ to describe intersensorial perception. As a result, they ignore the differences of sensorial data, which anchor sense perceptions in diverse cultural contexts. Additionally, the mediated and hence culturally pre-formed character of sensual perception is mostly disregarded in favour of a concept that embraces a diffuse, immediate sensing process that seems to be ‘pre-medial’ or ‘extra-medial’. At its core, and to highlight the cultural differences of sensorial data, this panel seeks to address current research undertaken by the cognitive sciences to emphasize the intersections of interart and intersensorium as processes of perception that are interlocked with cultural formations – a triangular contamination or reciprocal process much in need of further questioning and examination.
- Dr. Anke Finger is Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research interests include German and Comparative Modernism, Interart Studies/Literature and Other Arts, Avant-Gardes, Aesthetics, Media Theory and Philosophy, Interculturality and Comparative Literature. Recent publications: The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (ed., with Danielle Follett, 2011); Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne (2006); Vilém Flusser: An Introduction (with Rainer Guldin and Gustavo Bernardo (2011)). She is co-editor of the online-journal “Flusser Studies: Multilingual Journal on Cultural and Media Theory”.
- Christiane Heibach is a researcher in aesthtics, media and literary studies at at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Germany). Since 2009 she is conducting her own research project “Epistemology of Multimedia”, funded by the German Research Foundation and is Research Fellow at the HfG-Research Institute. In 2007 she completed her habilitation on multimedia performing art forms at the department of Comparative Literary Studies and Media at the University of Erfurt where she worked as assistant professor until 2008. Research fields: Mediaepistemology, aesthetics of new media, history and aesthetics of intermedia and multimedia art forms, history of aesthetic communication, modern and contemporary media and literary theories. christiane-heibach.de, medienepistemologie.de; netzaesthetik.de