Code & Repräsentation III

Roland Schöny
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2023W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03195


forensic analysis - data reading - algorithmic control

The forensic examination of data such as image recordings, recorded audio and text communication, and references to place and time is also part of artistic production. Such works are often closely related to research as a means of dealing with socio-politically essential topics and are an expression of the political in the visual arts. Facial recognition and spatial identification programs are becoming increasingly important, especially the data from smartphones, surveillance cameras or satellites.
The focus is also on analysing found or confiscated storage media to reconstruct movement sequences and communication flows. This is directly linked to a central question in the visual arts: who can interpret the data, and how are they evaluated and diagnosed?
The Forensic Architecture group is famous in this context. The video of the killing of George Floyd is also relevant to the visual arts. Likewise, in connection with the war against Ukraine, images are repeatedly subjected to a reality test. On a symbolic level, Rabih Mroué and Trevor Paglén work very differently.
So, what forms of visualisation arise? Can we also speak of the aesthetics of forensics, surveillance or the political in current, digitally determined art?



Examination Modalities

  • Presence, discussion, and development of own ideas. Answering three general, substantive questions at the end of the seminar.


  • There is NO special prior knowledge necessary. The general title has only internal formal reasons.
  • The seminar procedure is based on a transfer between ideas, research, presentations and short courses of lectures based on a roadmap, which will be sketched at the beginning.
  • After the kick-off meeting, the focus will be laid down.
  • In the base, detailled Material is available.


Key Words

installation, spatial installation, architecture, video installation, media installation, computer animation, conceptual, drawing techniques, electronic media


11 October 2023, 15:00–16:00 Seminar Room 32 (preliminary discussion)
18 October 2023, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 32
25 October 2023, 15:00–18:00 Seminar Room 32
15 November 2023, 15:00–18:00 Seminar Room 32 , "entfällt krankheitsbedingt"
22 November 2023, 10:00–13:00 Conference Room 11 , "Adresse: Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 4. Obergeschoss"
13 December 2023, 10:00–13:00 Conference Room 15 , "Replacement date for fire alarm test meeting in October"
10 January 2024, 10:00–13:00 Conference Room 14 , "Replacement for cancelled Seminar"

Course Enrolment

From 18 September 2023, 09:39 to 17 November 2023, 09:49
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