Intersubjectivity: media metaphors, play & provocation

6th international Vilém Flusser symposium
& event series

march 15-19 1997 budapest hungary

Hans Ulrich Reck

Born 1953.
Philosopher, scholar of art and culture, as well as author.
1972-76 studied philosophy, art history, modern German literature (M.A. 1976) at the University of Tübingen.
1988-89 Ph.D. in communication design at the University of Wuppertal. B.Ed. at the University of Wuppertal in 1991.

Numerous articles and book publications.
Selected list:
"Wider das Unverbindliche, Film, Kino und politische Öffentlichkeit," published with Jörg Huber, Jahrbuch CINEMA, Stroemfeld/Roter Stern, 1985
"Design im Wandel: Chance für neue Produktionsweisen?," International Design Centre Berlin, 1985
"Stilwandel als Kulturtechnik, Kampfprinzip, Lebensform oder Systemstrategie in Werbung, Design, Architektur, Mode," published with Bazon Brock, du Mont, 1986
"Kanarlarbeit. Medienstrategien im Kulturwandel," published by Stroemfeld/Roter Stern, 1988
"Imitationen. Nachahmung und Modell. Von der Lust am Falschen," published with Martin Heller and Jörg Huber, Stroemfeld/Roter Stern, 1989
"Imitation und Mimesis," published by Kunstforum International, Vol. 114, 1991
"Not Style: Construction. Siah Armajani’s Appropriation of Modernism" Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt, 1991
"Grenzziehungen. Aesthetiken in aktuellen Kulturtheorien," Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, 1991
"Foto-Media," published by EIKON, International Journal for Photography and Media Art, 9/1994
"Konstruktionen des Erinnerns. Transitorische Turbulenzen 1" and "Zwischen Erinnern und Vergessen. Transitorische Turbulenzen 2," published by Kunstforum International, Vol. 127 and 128, 1994; "Zugeschriebene Wirklichkeit, Alltagskultur, Design, Kunst, Film und Werbung im Brennpunkt von Medientheorie," Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, 1994.

Since 1988, he has been Advisory Co-Editor of the series "Conference: German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies" (General Editor: Prof. Liliane Weissberg) Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, and since 1996, Editor of the series "Medienkultur," Springer Verlag, Wien/New York.
Lecturer in Aesthetics, Visual Communication, Architecture/Design, Perception Theories and the Aesthetics of New Media at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung, Basel, 1982-95
Lectureship in Aesthetics, Art and Cultural Theory, Creative Methodology and projects at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich, Dept. of Visual Communication, 1991-95
Academic Chair and Professor for Communication Theory at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Wien, 1992-95.
Since 1995, he has been Professor of Art History in the context of New Media at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln

"Immersive Environment: The Gesamkunstwerk of the 21st century?"
lecture for the Symposium - abstract

The dream of the corporate art of work has for a long time been one of the diffuse foundations of the history of the bourgeois museum. It is once more the dream of the total and unleashed unity of art and human life, the perfect combination of human senses with cultural code-systems and media techniques. In this combination, a couple of contemporary media-euphorics seem to have discovered the total revolution of human nature and human anthropology made possible by the media itself. On the other hand, it is precisely this anthropology from which sceptics deduce the naturally produced overlap of the Artificial from the sciences to the artefacts of the media. In order to reduce exaggerated expectations towards this revolution, the dream of the corporate work of art is to be drawn up as a kind of counter-effort of an anthropology which is unaltered and limited in its main elements. For the closer area of culture, the process of symbolization and the development of immersive environments should be discussed with regard to two complexes.
The first to be discussed is the connection between the physical space of the museum and the objects exhibited and mediatized within it. The second consists of the overlap of the archives, which can be interpreted as the end of a certain way of interpreting a museum, stating that the whole of the stored objects can be displayed as codes. As far as the future conception of the museum is concerned, the idea of the total museum is far from reality.

Intersubjectivity: media metaphors, play & provocation
Advisory Committee:
László Beke, director, Mûcsarnok;
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, programdirector C3
Ágnes Veronika Kovács , coordinator C3
Adele Eisenstein, koordinátor C3

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