Code & Repräsentation V

Bernd Kräftner
Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2020S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02769


The Passage: Studying transdisciplinarity with the help of Michel Serres (Part 2)

(Part 2 does NOT require attencance of Part 1)

During the summer semester we continue our navigations through texts of Michel Serres. In one of Serres' books the Northwest Passage - the sea passage that connects Atlantic and Pacific Ocean - is used as a figure describing the bridge from the humanities (and the arts) to the exact sciences. For Serres, communication between these realms, though possible and vital, is always difficult and unique. Today, this intricate fractal arctic archipelago made from pack ice, fields of drifting ice, and icebergs, is melting away. Should we therefore conclude that the passages(s) between the arts & the sciences can be taken for granted? Or, on the contrary, does climate denialism, excessive trust in science and technology, or, the (sometimes ironic) hope in the arts as a pedagogic, moral or healing business will make this passage even more difficult and unique? The course will (re)read some texts by M. Serres and investigate his lament that "we have lost the world."

Examination Modalities

Exploring and representing projects in small groups; 80% attendance; active collaboration in form of research and presentations, reading the literature and preparation of introductory notes


limited number of participants

Reading material will be sent via email

Key Words

process art, media art


02 March 2020, 18:00–18:30 Digital Art, Lecture Room (preliminary discussion)
09 March 2020, 18:15–21:00 Digital Art, Lecture Room
16 March 2020, 18:15–21:00, "entfallen"
23 March 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Zoom meeting"
30 March 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Meeting-ID: 215 909 135 Passwort: 096791"
20 April 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Meeting-ID: 581 987 483 Passwort: 024522"
27 April 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Meeting-ID: 139 667 642 Passwort: 089680"
04 May 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Meeting ID: 614 592 646 Password: 057796"
11 May 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Meeting-ID: 295 812 050 Passwort: 021542"
18 May 2020, 18:15–19:30, "Meeting-ID: 928 038 120 Passwort: 092531"

Course Enrolment

via email:

co-registration: possible

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Artistic and art technology foundations

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Code & Repräsentation I - V

Individual courses: possible