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The Role of Pictures in Society.
New Ways of Using Images

An interdisciplinary symposium

ZKM|Media Theater

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Hubertus von Amelunxen | Volker Böhnigk | Cornelius Borck | Horst Bredekamp | Peter Chelkowski | Michael Diers | Thomas Dworzak | Tom Fürstner | Jim Gehrz | Philip Jones Griffiths | Boris Groys | Wilhelm Krull | Armin Linke | Scott Mc Kiernan | Klaus Neumann-Braun | Susanne Regener | Hans-Jörg Rheinberger | Birgit Richard | Florian Rötzer | Rolf Sachsse | Peter Weibel

Armin Linke :: »Transient«

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On travels throughout the world, Linke has used both film and photography to create a documentation of the effects of globalization, of the transformation of cities into megametropolises and their social and political consequences on human living conditions. His photographs and videos investigate these contemporary landscapes and our changed perception of space and time. the video "Baghdad" (2002) presents a fragmented view on the cityscape of Baghdad. Recorded in the elevator of a hotel, the view is partially looking on the Hotel Palestine which later formed the heart of the media apparatus during the war in Iraq. The series of going up and down the skyscraper creates a sequence of vertical images bound together by the continuous flux of the sound. Like the photographic prints, the film raises questions about the existence of any clearcut line between fiction and non-fiction. In the video "Gaza" archive footage of daily life never used by media because of the absence of topical actions is bought from a local palestine news agency and edited into a short movie. It is the idea of the archive that always forms the conceptual framework for Linke's photographic and film work. Playing on many different photographic fields such as fashion and performance, architecture, portrait and reportage, and different themes like displacement, loss of scale, out of place, interface, envelopes, models of representation, control, economy, science, domestication of violence , etc. he continuously works on a potentially infinite archive of our contemporary imagery. Questions about how an archive can be represented and how it can be made accessible to the public has lead Linke to place his pictures on the net and to create his "Book on Demand"-project, first introduced at Utopia Station at the Venice Biennial. The viewer can flip through this interactive archive composing his or her individual Armin Linke book. The different methods of cataloguing, according to thematic, chronological or topographical order, reflect the complexity of the system based on the principle of multitude.


Scott Mc Kiernan :: »Trends in media use of pictures«

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Klaus Neumann-Braun :: »Images and illustrative practice in youth discourse and the everyday life of young people«

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Images of young people are generated by both adults and adolescents in social debates about young people. The way in which adolescents / adults perceive themselves and the images they project of others have to do with vested interests and value systems (difference between the generations). Images of young people emerge in the course of a complex process of communication and mediation between the demands of adult society, representations in the media, expert substantiation and young people’s response. Experts and the media public alike construct an image of young people which is aimed essentially at demonstrating sensitivity to social deviations, the intention being to engineer a discussion focused on the logic of prevention, which oscillates between 'negative' youth images and 'positive' images of youthfulness. In terms of discourse theory the question arises as to the correlation between youth images (power-based) and images of youthfulness (value-based). In the everyday life of young people alien images are warded off and replaced by self-images of a 'peer culture society'. Everyone can create such images themselves these days thanks to the advances made in technology (digital photography, mobile phones, Internet).
Illustrations will be given of participation in various scenes ('token' [individual image] of a 'type' [style]) as well as of self-made media productions of self-determined leisure-time activity. - Examples of image analysis provide an empirical explanation of the brief outline given here of the study, which is rooted in the sociology of science and discourse theory.


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