Code & Repräsentation III

Roland Schöny
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2021W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03195


DIGITAL FORENSICS as a Practice of Critical Political Art

Forensic investigations are based on the analysis of storage media in order to reconstruct sequences of movements and communication flows. This often involves extracting deleted, damaged or overwritten files. This raises questions about the power of interpretation over the data and thus contains an important socio-political dimension. In the visual arts, digital forensics is directly related to already existing currents of political art: research, documentation, realism, intervention in public space, and others.

The question is, therefore, in which areas of critical political art are methods of forensics applied? How are they linked to existing art forms? How does digital forensics become an independent working method and perhaps even an aesthetic?

The seminar always includes new research and investigations on the subject. Based on current events or new conclusions about significant events (such as the publication of the Georg Floyd video by the New York Times), the content is constantly being continued and supplemented. Therefore, the seminar can also be attended several times.

Examination Modalities


  • Attendance, participation, development of own ideas. Answering three general, content-related questions in writing at the end. This is the basis for the grade.
  • The aim is to learn to develop something tangible, something that can be named, and to present it in the seminar. This can be a formulated question, possibly in connection with one's own work, based on research or based on general theoretical, content-related considerations.


  • PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, i.e. at the end of November and in December, the seminar meetings will be held online via zoom. All participants will receive a link to log in from 10.00 a.m. each day.
  • No special prior knowledge is necessary. The general title (Code and Representation) has institutional reasons.
  • The procedure of the seminar is based on short courses of lectures based on a roadmap, which will be sketched at the beginning. After the kick-off meeting, the final focus will be laid down.
  • The material will be provided to facilitate engagement with themes relevant to closed exhibitions. Publications, online access to exhibitions and projects, etc.


Key Words

Digital Art, video, video installation, media installation, conceptual, television, software, process art, Lecture, media art, electronic media


12 October 2021, 12:00–13:00 Digital Art, Lecture Room (preliminary discussion)
30 November 2021, 10:00–13:00
14 December 2021, 10:00–13:00
11 January 2022, 10:00–13:30
25 January 2022, 10:00–13:30

Course Enrolment

From 14 September 2021, 13:23 to 12 November 2021, 13:23
Via online registration

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Künstlerische Methodik und Technologie digitaler Kunst: Code & Repräsentation I - V 567/202.07

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible