Moving Image, Moving Knowledge
Thursday, 3rd June 2021
It can be argued that the history of the moving image could be rewritten, beyond the scope of cinema, as a history of artistic research. For example, rather than seeing some of the early moving image experiments as instances of proto-cinema, the canonical studies by Muybridge and Mareyare are just as well at home within the domain of knowledge production, even fulfilling formal definitions of Research and Development as creative work aiming to increase “human knowledge and to devise new applications based upon it” (OECD).
Referencing THE NEW FILM HISTORY and media archaeology as both theory and practice, this presentation will draw on historiographies of the moving image beyond cinema, eventually focusing on post-digital media artists, who employ the transversality of artistic research as a means of interrogating the (technical, social and aesthetic) conditions of what is knowable and sayable in and through moving images. The presentation will also have an inventive aim, to go beyond the current hegemony of opaque streaming image culture and to point to other possible trajectories where the materiality and infrastructures of digital media are performatively enacted, using examples from contemporary artist researchers, such as the pad.ma/bak.ma collectives, Forensic Architecture, Louis Henderson, Hito Steyerl and Rosa Menkmann.
Kristoffer Gansing holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Malmö and is professor of Artistic Research and director of the International Center for Knowledge in the Arts, Copenhagen. Previously, Gansing was artistic director of the world-renowned digital culture transmediale festival in Berlin, directing nine editions from 2012 to 2020.