Intersubjectivity: media metaphors, play & provocation

6th international Vilém Flusser symposium
& event series

march 15-19 1997 budapest hungary

Klaus Kreimeier

Born 1938 in Hannover (Germany).
Studies in Drama, German Philology and Art History in Munich and at the Free University in Berlin.
Ph.D. in 1964.
Program Chief and Dramatic Advisor of the television of the Heissischer Rundfunk; in 1968 Editor at "Spiegel"; 1972-76 lecturer at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.
Since then, freelance author for film and television, daily and weekly newspapers and professional periodicals.
film history, literary criticism and criticism of modern media.

Recent publications:
Die UFA Story, 1992 (French and American editions in 1994 and 1996 the Best Foreign Film Book Award of the French film critics)
Lob des Fernsehens, 1995 (both Hanser Publishing, Munich)

"Flusser's Conception of Posthistory and the End of Traditional Media Theory"
lecture for the Symposium - abstract

"Posthistory indicates that historical consciousness is being taken over by a calculatory-formal one, that instead of political decisions, decimal calculations are made." (Flusser)

The new computers are made to process history – alternatively to history which is "happening." At the moment, digital television and the Internet signalize a transitory period in which we are not able to clarify this difference. Media science deals with the new machines as image-factories with regard to history that is "happening"; at the same time, the machines produce processed histories, which are on the way to undermining and ousting our traditional (linear) conception of history. The chances of media sciences could be to make "the gesture of production, image-making of linear and alphabetical writing ‘transparent,’ or rather, ‘spottable.’ Otherwise we run the risk of interpreting posthistory as a new doom of nature.

Intersubjectivity: media metaphors, play & provocation
Advisory Committee:
László Beke, director, Műcsarnok;
Wolfgang Meissner, director, Goethe-Institut Budapest;
Matthias Müller-Wieferig, Goethe-Institut Budapest;
Miklós Peternák, chair of the board, C3;
Zoltán Sebôk, theoretician; J.A.Tillmann, theoretician;
Organizers:Suzanne Mészöly, program director C3
Ágnes Veronika Kovács , program coordinator C3
Adele Eisenstein, program coordinátor C3

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