Code & Repräsentation III

Roland Schöny
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2022W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03195


DIGITAL FORENSICS as a Method 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 interpretive power over the data. On the basis of which preliminary decisions are data evaluated and interpreted. This contains an important socio-political dimension. In the visual arts, digital forensics is directly related to existing political art currents: research, documentation, realism, and intervention in public space, among others.

Specific working methods and positions, such as those of the group Forensic Architecture, are presented in detail.

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.


No previous special knowledge is necessary, the general overtitling (code and representation) has institutional, formal reasons.

After the introduction at the Kick-Off Meeting and discussion of the student's interests, the main topics and the general roadmap will be determined.

Materials are provided to facilitate engagement with themes relevant to artistic concepts, projects, and exhibitions: publications, online access to exhibitions, and mediating materials.

Key Words

installation, spatial installation, sound sculpture, video installation, media installation, context art, internet art, computer animation, process art, media art, conceptual, electronic media


18 October 2022, 10:00–11:30 online , "Restart due to cancellation of first meeting" (preliminary discussion)
25 October 2022, 10:00–13:00 Digital Art, Lecture Room
22 November 2022, 10:00–13:00 Digital Art, Lecture Room
17 January 2023, 10:00–13:00 Digital Art, Lecture Room

Course Enrolment

From 08 August 2022, 05:30 to 31 October 2022, 12:00
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