What are the Politics of Material Agentiality?



Eva Kernbauer , Kristina Pia Hofer , Marietta Kesting


  • 22 April 2016–23 April 2016 Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich (AIL – ANGEWANDTE INNOVATION LABORATORY)

General Text

The recent ‘material turn’ has sparked lively debates on how to integrate matter-oriented perspectives with feminist/queer film and media criticism that focuses on the politics of representation. While these latter frameworks readily provide instruments of political critique, it is not yet clear how exactly material agentiality figures in the world of emancipatory engagement, which is – in large parts – a world of social structures, human agency, language-driven discourses and symbolic exchange. In this workshop we will explicitly ask for the emancipatory potential of material agentiality: What exactly can an artwork’s material dimensions do, which dynamics can they set off? How are the radically open futurities – that much of material criticism suggests as its prime potential – to be thought together with tenacious normativities and inequalities? We will discuss these questions for moments in film and video that make historicity perceptible with obsolete technologies and media formats. Friday, April 22nd 2016 14:00-14:30 Welcome 14:30-15:00 Introduction: A Matter of Historicity – Eva Kernbauer, Marietta Kesting 15:00-16:00 Q & A: New Materialism, Old Media – Kristina Pia Hofer and Axel Stockburger 16:30-17:30 The Museum of Trance – Henrike Naumann 18:00 Archival Romances: Found, Compressed, and Loved Again – Laura Marks Saturday, April 23rd 2016 10:00-11:30: Dead Technologies and the Politics of Temporality – Andy Birtwistle 11:30 Concluding panel with all participants – Moderation: Marietta Kesting


Naumann, Henrike , Marks, Laura U. , Birtwistle, Andy , Stockburger, Axel

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  • Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien, Wien, Österreich
  • Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
  • 1010 Wien
  • Österreich

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Published By: Astrid Poyer | Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien | Publication Date: 09 May 2022, 10:59 | Edit Date: 24 November 2022, 09:06