Panel: Interart / Intersensorium. On the Interrelation of Media and the Senses
The novel transmedial as media-transgressing quality of electronic interart forms is reciprocally related to their growing multimodal potency. As Brian Massumi has highlighted when reflecting on the situation of media in crisis, “the digital isn’t a medium. (…) Digital technology is an expanding network of connective and fusional potential. You can take an input in any sense modality, and translate or transduce it into another.” (Massumi 2008) Drawing upon this transmedia approach, the paper studies inter/actions of sensorial transcoding as fundamental condition of digitality. On the basis of contemporary electronic art by artists from different cultural backgrounds (among them Golan Levin, Hung Keung, Kim Kichul), it will investigate the simultaneous translations and mutual transitions between sensory perceptions and expressions on different modal complexity levels such as speaking and writing, listening and reading, sounding and hearing, visualizing and viewing, touching and sensing. The purpose of this sensorial transcoding analysis is threefold:
- to ponder how a new theory of digital synaesthetics can be built on the category and concept of hypermodality,
- to explore the connectivity mode between digital abstraction and digital embodiment, and
- to discern the universal and culture-determined components of the codification of (multi)sensory experience.
- Birgit Mersmann holds a professorship in non-Western and European Art at the international Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, since 2008. From 2005 to 2007 she was a senior researcher of the National Competence Centre of Research “Iconic Criticism” at the University of Basel, Switzerland, investigating “iconoscriptures” as hybrid symbolic forms and inter-media expressions between image and writing. From 1998 to 2002 she taught as DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Visiting Professor at the department of German language and literature at Seoul National University in South Korea. Research foci include image and media theory, visuality and narration, art theory and aesthetics, contemporary East Asian and Western art, global art history, transculturality, translation studies, interrelations between script and image.
Last publications: B.M., Alexandra Schneider (Eds.): Transmission Image. Visual Translation and Cultural Agency, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009; B.M., Thomas Weber (Eds.): Mediologie als Methode, Berlin: Avinus, 2008; Gottfried Boehm, B.M., Christian Spies (Eds.): Movens Bild. Zwischen Affekt und Evidenz, München: Fink, 2008; B.M., Das Bild als Spur. Transgressionen und Animationen, in: Hans Belting (Ed.): Bildfragen. Die Bildwissenschaften im Aufbruch, München, 2007; B.M./Martin Schulz (Ed.): Kulturen des Bildes, München: Fink, 2006; B.M., Bildkulturwissenschaft als Kulturbildwissenschaft? Von der Notwendigkeit eines inter- und transkulturellen Iconic Turn, in: Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, Heft 49/1, Hamburg 2004.