Lecture and discussion: The biomedial threshold

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Lehmbruck Museum, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Strasse 40, 47051 Duisburg
Organizer: Lehmbruck Museum, Office medienwerk.nrw

On April 7th, 2016, the Lehmbruck Museum hosted a lecture by the media theorist Prof. Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer to accompany the exhibition “Lynn Hershman Leeson – Liquid Identities”.

Starting with some then up to date concepts such as “affective computing”, the event focused on the current shifts in the boundaries between human being and technology.

Furthermore, the 3rd conference of the office medienwerk.nrw “Cold bodies, warm machines” planned for September 9th to 11th, 2016, in the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will take up some of the topics that were set up in Duisburg in April 2016 and will bring them into a dialogue with other scientific and artistic positions.

The term “biomedial threshold” intends to draw attention to the fact that media have long since crossed their instrumental-technical dimension and – as it can be somewhat pathetically formulated – have begun to inscribe themselves into life itself. (Media-)technologies are not only everywhere and elementary, but they also form a new – intensive – interweaving of information and biological materiality, which choreographs the movement of the bodies in a specific way.

Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer is Professor of Media Theory at the Institute for Arts and Media at the University of Potsdam. Before that she was Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne for 15 years. Numerous research-stays in the USA, UK, Australia and at other European universities. Guest- and substitute professor-ships at the UdK Berlin and at the Ruhr-University Bochum, among others. Organization of international symposia such as The Body of Gender (Vienna: Passagen 1995), Future Bodies (with K. Peters and Z. Sofoulis) (Vienna, New York: Springer 2002), Timing of Affect ( with B. Bösel and M. Ott) (Berlin, Zurich: diaphanes 2014). Further publications on body, media technologies and affect: Vom Begehren nach dem Affekt (Berlin, Zurich: diaphanes 2007, English translation Desire After Affect, London, New York 2014), Body Options. Body.traces.media.images (Vienna: Turia & Kant 1999); The biomedial threshold. Media Technologies and Affect, in: A. Deuber-Mankowsky and C. Holzhey (eds.), Situiertes Wissen und regionale Epistemologie, Vienna: Turia & Kant 2013, pp. 203-222; Capture All, or: Who Is Afraid of a Pleasing Little Sister (gem. m. B. Bösel), in: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (Überwachen und Kontrolle), issue 13, 2015, pp. 48-56.

The office medienwerk.nrw was funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.