29. Januar 18 -
31. Januar 18
ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften
The international research/PhD workshop „Research Values“ contributes to the transmediale festival program of 2018, which takes place under the title of „Face Value“. Three days of closed seminars and talks of the workshop participants at the Brandenburg Center for Media Studies – ZeM (29-31 Jan 2018) will lead to public presentations at the transmediale festival in Berlin (1 Feb 2018).
Part of the workshop at the ZeM is a public discussion on Monday 29 Jan 18.00-20.00, at the ZeM. The program will include two presentations:
Presentation “Face Value“
The curators of transmediale festival Kristoffer Gansing (artistic director) and Daphne Dragona (conference program) will present the topics and questions of the transmediale 2018
Panel “What Value?”
Organizers and participants of research values will discuss topics and questions of the workshop. With: Christian Ulrik Andersen, Marie-Luise Angerer, Geoff Cox, Jan Distelmeyer, Winnie Soon, Magda Tyzlik-Carver, moderated by Søren Pold.
“Taking things at face value” seems to have become the norm of public discourse amidst today’s reactionary and algorithmically guided communication practices. transmediale wants to challenge this impulse to judge things by their immediate appearance and instead look at less visible issues, which run deep across all sectors of society. These include power relations rarely discussed at digital culture events, such as contemporary imbalances of class, gender, and race, which are also being built into technological systems.
This workshop „Research Values“ presents research that reflects on and extends the festival’s theme, which interrogates value and values in contemporary media and digital culture, and questions cultural and technological shifts against the background of economization and changing value systems. Topics include the economies of utility and expenditure that pervade digital culture – currencies, semantics, identities, and their interrelations. At the same time, the workshop raises the question of how research can move out of its own self-reaffirming loop,in which it mostly fulfills an economic function. What does it mean to take research at face value? What lies beneath its surface in terms of the wider social, cultural, economic, and environmental forces it generates? In times of immediate and reactionary responses to complex realities, we urgently need to provide alternatives to this urge towards simplification, and reinvent the notion of research value/s.
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