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Om Netværket

Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2007. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier vil styrke og koordinere mindre og spredte nationale forskningsmiljøer, bidrage til at fremme udveksling af viden om forskelle og ligheder mellem de nordiske lande og gøre nordisk avantgardeforskning internationalt synlig. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier afholder en årlig konference. Netværket danner også ramme for udarbejdelsen af De nordiske avantgarders kulturhistorie i 4 bind og et elektronisk arkiv for dokumenter fra de nordiske avantgarder. Det nordiske forskningsnetværk er en videreudvikling af det danske forskningsnetværk ”Avantgardernes genkomst og aktualitet” støttet af Det humanistiske Forskningsråd 2001-2004. Under forberedelse er et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference afholdes i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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Situationistisme i København

I den kommende tid vil der blive vist situationistiske film på det Fri Universitet. Den 15. og 16. marts foregår en international workshop om de skandinaviske situationister i Folkets Hus på Nørrebro.

Besætningen er nu: Tom McDonough, Lars Morell, Peter Laugesen, Jacqueline de Jong, Stewart Home, Fabian Tompsett, Karen Kurczynski, Gordon Fazakerley og formodentlig Hardy Strid. Vi arbejder desuden på at få Biene Baumeister med. Arrangementet bliver i Folkets Hus. Vi går efter et low key-arrangement, med sektioner på to talere. Præsentationsformer går fra forelæsning til samtale (med de gamle situationister) og visning af situationistiske film (Carl Nørrested er
ved at finde frem til sjældne Thorsen-film til os).

Første dag begynder kl 13, der bliver to sektioner efterfulgt af film om aftenen. Fredag bliver fra kl 10 og hele dagen afsluttende med djs med mere.

Mere info følger.

Læs Mikkel Bolts tekst "Situationisternes antifilm" på http://copenhagenfreeuniversity.dk/antifilm.htm hvis du vil vide mere om situationisterne forsøg på at benytte filmmediet som revolutionært redskab.


Med venlig hilsen

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen/ Nordisk Avantgardenetværk

Ultravision

Donnerstag, 29.03.2007 bis Samstag, 31.03.2007

Zentrum f. Literatur- u. Kulturforschung, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et., Veranstaltungsraum R. 308

Konzeption und Organisation: Dr. Sabine Flach und Dr. des Margarete Vöhringer

Bildende Künste adressieren die Wahrnehmung. Als sich im 19. Jahrhundert auch die Physiologie, Psychologie, Psychophysik und Psychotechnik derselben annahmen und begannen, sie zu vermessen und zu trainieren, bildeten sich Bündnisse sowohl hin zu den technisch präformierten Visualisierungsverfahren als auch zu den Erkenntnisinteressen der zeitgenössischen Lebenswissenschaften. Es entstand eine Situation, die sich durch den Austausch von Ideen, Apparaten, Fragestellungen, Lehrprogrammen und Praktiken insbesondere zwischen Avantgarde-Künstlern und Lebenswissenschaftlern kennzeichnen lässt.
In diesem Sinne sollen für die Arbeitstagung „Ultravision“ die Themen, Praktiken, Werke, Methoden und Institutionen der Künstlerischen Avantgarde zwischen 1910 und 1930 als eine groß angelegte Experimentalanordnung der Sinneskulturen und Wahrnehmungsweisen untersucht werden. Mit dieser Perspektive rückt die Frage nach dem Künstlerischen Forschen im Vergleich zu den Erkenntnisweisen der Lebenswissenschaften in den Fokus.

Geht man mithin davon aus, dass das künstlerische Wissen dem wissenschaftlichen Wissen vergleichbare Kompetenzansprüche artikulierte, stellt sich die Frage nach seinem epistemischen Status. Der Mehrwert künstlerischer Arbeit und ihre spezifische Erkenntnisweise, d.h. ihr Beitrag zu und ihre Intervention in die wissenschaftlichen Diskurse sollen im Zentrum der Vorträge und Diskussionen stehen. Mit Blick auf den gewählten Zeitraum und den skizzierten Themenhorizont sind dabei folgende Fragestellungen besonders zu berücksichtigen:
Wie definierte sich das spezifische Wissen der Künste? Welche Theorien wurden von Künstlern entwickelt, um ihr spezifisches Wissen in Zusammenhang zu den Lebenswissenschaften zu bringen? Welche Methoden und Verfahren wurden vom Künstler für seine Tätigkeit gewählt und welchen Einfluss hatten diese auf den jeweiligen Erkenntnisgewinn? Hatte der Austausch zwischen Künstlern und Wissenschaftlern Folgen für beider Fragestellungen, Experimentalanordnungen und Erklärungen? Auf welche experimentellen Wissenschaften bezogen sich die Künste und umgekehrt, welche Möglichkeiten boten die Künste diesen Wissenschaften? Inwiefern wirkten sich die künstlerischen Experimente und etwaige Synergieeffekte durch kooperierende Disziplinen tatsächlich auf die Bild- und Textproduktion der Zeit aus und mit welchen Konsequenzen für die klassische Trias Künstler-Werk-Betrachter? Und schließlich, wie verhielt sich all dies zu den Leitmedien der Zeit – Photographie und Film?
Die Arbeitstagung will den verschiedenen Transfers von praktischem und theoretischem Wissen zwischen Künstlern und Wissenschaftlern nachgehen, um zu sehen, welche Praktiken in welchen Disziplinen angewandt wurden, um mit ihnen die Wahrnehmung zu analysieren.

Film, Avant-Garde and Biopolitics conference at the Academy of fine arts Vienna

Film, Avant-Garde and Biopolitics conference
18th – 20th January 2007


Concept and chair Sabeth Buchmann, Helmut Draxler and Stephan Geene
Academy of fine arts Vienna and Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

http://www.bbooksz.de/biopolitik

Academy of fine arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Room M 13


Thursday 18.1.2007
Austrian Filmmuseum, Augustinerstrasse 1 (im Gebäude der Albertina), 1010 Vienna

Block 1

18.00 Opening:
Helmut Draxler und Stephan Geene

19.00 Peter Bürger
“Lebensbegriffe der Avantgarde”

Friday 19.1.2007
Academy of fine arts Vienna

Tag 2
“Politics of Biopolitics”

12 h Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky
“’Nichts ist politisch. Alles ist politisierbar’ Biomacht und mediale Öffentlichkeit”

13.30 Katja Diefenbach
“Wie lebendig ist Deine Arbeit? Über die Frage des Politischen in Theorien der Biomacht”

15 h Pause

16.30 Nitzan Lebovic
“The Nietzschean Paradigm in Biopolitical Film”

18 h Eva Geulen
“Agamben und die Situationisten”


Saturday 20.1.2007
Academy of fine arts Vienna

Tag 3
“Life as political und aesthetical”

12 h Opening: Sabeth Buchmann und Elke Gaugele

12.30 Thomas Elsaesser
“’Constructive Instability’, or The Life of Things as the Cinema’s Afterlife?”

14 h Wolfgang Bock
“Leben, Film, Stilisierung”

15.30 Pause

17.00 Tom Holert
“Screen Testing. Gus Van Sants exzellente Subjekte”


18.30 Gregg Bordovitz
“Sentiment, Belief and Medium”


At the centre of the thematic block “Politics of Biopolitics” is an examination of theoretical models to which the term >biopolitics< may be applied. At least since the topos of “biopolitics” became a key term in various academic disciplines and theoretical-political fields, its meaning has become extremely ambiguous; and certainly the political content of the different forms of >life-regulation< cannot be simply assumed. Increasingly, it seems to have become difficult to distinguish between its descriptive and analytical-critical use. Therefore it is not at all unproblematic to speak of a ‘biopolitical turn’ as a new social paradigm, especially since this implies an overdetermination of an apparently self-evident notion of life, which an analysis of modern or (neo-)capitalist forms of politics is supposed to criticise. Our enquiry is aimed at its ambivalences, contradictions and aporias, since the “imperative of life optimisation” (Ulrich Bröckling and Matthias Schöning) can not be grasped – particularly from the perspective of the historical left – using conventional categories of power and control. Assuming with Foucault that it is a characteristic of modern biopower to penetrate the collective (understood as populace) as well as individual life and (sexual) body, then unexpectedly ethically and morally loaded models of a politics of life-praxis emerge that should form the main theme of the second thematic block. Particularly in the context of historical and recent avant-gardes, this presents a highly encoded topos, should it really – as in Peter Bürger’s “Theory of the Avant-Garde”–function as a vanishing point for social-revolutionary, transgressive art praxis. ‘Life’ in its classical role as antipode to a ‘l’art pour l’art’ considered as unpolitical, up to the current artistic-aesthetic and theoretical narratives would consequently be equated with ‘politics’ – a factor that had made radical-avant-garde programs at times indistinguishable fro m vitalist ideologies.

Therefore, against the backdrop of a problematisation of the modern notion of life planned for the first block, the second block aims at a critical revision of such artistic productions working, in the tradition of the historical avant-gardes, on the merging of the boundaries between art and life praxis. In this context, aesthetic procedures of >Verlebendigung< (vitalisation) are just as valid for discussion as the implicit delimitations of these procedures in relation to a field seen as “unlively”, which can be understood as historical, rational, or also cultural-industrial. Film in its various artistic, economic and cultural dimensions can be treated as a special interface to reflect strategies and demarcations of these “vitalisations”, and also, though veering away from the logics of the classical avant-gardist, to test them out. Since film is not only linked to >life< in multifarious tactical, conceptual and habitual ways, it is also elementarily bound up in post-Fordian production processes, and works on an inclusion of the lifestyles and affects of its consumers, calling for new types of analysis.


Þórunn Hjartardóttir

Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna, SÍM
Hafnarstræti 16
Box 1115
121 Reykjavík
sími: 551 1346
fax: 562 6656
sim@sim.is
www.sim.is

Call for Papers: CONFERENCE: "THE PRAGUE SCHOOL AND THEORIES OF STRUCTURE"

Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts,
Charles University, Prague 18-21 October 2007

The theme of the conference goes back to the structural concept of
the language system developed by the Prague School. The papers are
expected:

1. to reassess the theoretical work of Prague structuralists
(especially Bohumil Trnka, Roman Jakobson and René Wellek) and its
relevance for contemporary research, and;

2. to discuss transformations of structuralist approaches in recent
and contemporary theories of structures and systems, characterized by
the movement away from the models of homogeneous, hierarchized and
centralized structures to concepts of structurality based on
dehierarchized assemblages, transversal relations and dynamic
semantic situations (Einstein, Dewey, Bateson, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida,
Deleuze, etc.).


The conference will have two sections and will be immediately
followed by the first annual Prague colloquium on "Frontiers of
Theory: Technicity, Art and the New Media" (Saturday 20 October 2007):

*Section 1: Theories of Structure and their Transformations

Suggested problem areas:
1. Prague Structuralism in relation to other structuralist and
formalist trends (Saussure, Peirce, New Criticism, cultural semiotics,
etc.)
2. The legacy of the Prague School and later theories of structures
and systems
3. Structuralist theories and methodologies in sciences and
humanities


*Section 2: Prague Structuralism and Language Systems

Suggested Problem Areas:
1. The structural concept of the language system in contemporary
descriptions of English and its historical development
2. Interfacial aspects of the highest language level

Please send an abstract for a 30 minute paper (3000 words maximum)
with your contact details via e-mail by 1 March 2007 to:

Prof. Dr. Martin Procházka (Section 1): martin.prochazka@ff.cuni.cz

Doc. Dr. Jan Cermák (Section 2): jan.cermak@ff.cuni.cz

Questions concerning the colloquium on "Frontiers of Theory:
Technicity, Art and the New Media" (Saturday 20 October 2007) should
be addressed to Dr. Louis Armand: info @ litterariapragensia.com.

Papers will be selected by a conference committee and the speakers
will be notified by 30 April 2007 and mailed a registration form and
futher information.


Proceedings of the conference will be published by Litteraria
Pragensia
www.litterariapragensia.com

For related titles distributed by LPB, please visit:
http://litteraria.ff.cuni.cz/index.php?a=books&b=0#Linguistics
http://litteraria.ff.cuni.cz/index.php?a=books&b=0#FrontiersofTheory

Member Survey

Kære Medlem af  Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier,


Vi skal snart ansøge NordForsk om forlængelse af det nordiske netværk, derfor vil vi gerne have bedre overblik over vores medlemmer. NordForsk spørger os bl.a. om antal ph.d.’er og fordeling på køn.

Vi er i netværket i gang med at lægge op til en 4-binds Kulturhistorie, der skal dække de nordiske avantgardebevægelser og figurer og deres diskursive og materielle gennemslag i nordisk kultur. Til det brug, og til brug for andre projekter og konferencer mv. vil vi gerne kunne trække på vores medlemmer kompetencer.

Vi beder dig derfor  inden 1. November oplyse os om

NAVN

UDDANNELSE

ALDER

KØN

ANSÆTTELSE/INSTITUTIONSTILKNYTNING
(postadresse)

KOMPETENCE- OG INTERESSEOMRÅDE(R)

Evt. relevante publikationer

På forhånd tak


Tania Ørum


Dear member of the Nordic Network of Avant-Gardde Studies,

Soon we have to apply for prolongation of the Nordic Network, and therefore we need  to know more about our members. NordForsk asks for information about the number of ph.d.students and men/women.

The Network is preparing a 4-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes which will chart the discursive and material impact of the Nordic Avant-Gardes. For that, as well as for other projects and conferences etc. we would like to be able to draw on the skills of our members.

We thus ask you before November 1st to inform us of your

NAME

EDUCATION

AGE

GENDER

POSITION/INSTITUTION
Postal address

AREAS OF COMPETENCE AND INTEREST

Relevant publications may be added


Thank you


Tania Ørum

There's life after death - Scandinavian Situationism in perspective

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies will host an international conference on Situationism on MARCH 15 and 16 2007 in Copenhagen. The full program will soon be available.

Read more about the conference here.

Participants for a panel on “Modern Scandinavian Poetry” at the SASS-Conference in Quad Cities, Davenport, Iowa/Rock Island, Illinois, April 26-28, 2007

We are working on forming a panel on “Modern Scandinavian Poetry” at the SASS-Conference in Quad Cities, Davenport, Iowa/Rock Island, Illinois, April 26-28, 2007, and we are looking for participants with topics relating to this field. If you are planning to participate in the conference with a paper on modern Scandinavian poetry or a related topic and would like to join us, we would very much like to hear from you.

So far we have submitted abstracts for two papers. Johannes Göransson is presenting a paper on the Finland-Swedish poet Henry Parland, Walter Benjamin and "the poetics of distraction", and I am preparing a paper on the contemporary Danish poet Mette Moestrup. If you are interested in joining the panel, please contact me at oelholm@hum.ku.dk or Johannes at johannesgoransson@gmail.com
More information about the conference can be found at http://www.scandinavianstudy.org/

Marianne Ølholm,
Department of Nordic Studies
University of Copenhagen

International Exchange for Poetic Invention

International Exchange for Poetic Invention is a multilanguage web log started by Netherlands poet Ton van 't Hof & myself with links and information on poetic invention – our term for exploratory/ investigative/experimental/radical/ conceptual poetry.

We hope the site will serve as an international point of contact for the exchange of information among those interested.

The site will be one of the key EPC "portals" — a set of international sites, most directly affiliated with the EPC, that provide key web resources: switchboards to contemporary poetic practice.

Charles Bernstein