Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

THE ORIENT DEVELOPED THE OCCIDENT AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND: REFLECTIONS ON DEEP TIME RELATIONS OF ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE FAR AND NEAR EAST

Tue, April 9, 2019 | Glickman Conference Center, Rooms RLP 1.302D, UT Austin campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

THE ORIENT DEVELOPED THE OCCIDENT AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND:  REFLECTIONS ON DEEP TIME RELATIONS OF ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE FAR AND NEAR EAST

The Talk covers:

1) the idea of an Institute for Southern and South-Eastern Modernities, which includes a critical investigation of GWF Hegel's history of philosophy of the world;

2) a case study in deep time media archaeology: time-measurement and early audiovisual automatons in China and the Near East;

3) a case study in flat time media archaeology: the unconditioned “WE” of the present as a result of the subject machinery of Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Siegfried Zielinski is a German media theorist. He holds the chair of media theory, with a focus on archaeology and variantology of media at the Berlin University of Arts. He is also the Michel Foucault Chair Professor at The European Graduate School. From 2016 to 2018 he was rector of the Karlsruhe University of Arts & Design.

Zielinski has published numerous books and around 200 essays, primarily in the areas of history and theory of media and the arts. In 2011 he completed the five-volume book series on Variantology: Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences, and Technologies. Among his more recent monographs in English are: Deep Time of the Media (MIT Press, 2006) and [… after the Media]: News from the Slowly Outfading 20th Century (The University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

In addition to scholarly writing, Zielinski also works as a curator. The latest project (with Peter Weibel) is called “Art in Motion: 100 Master Pieces with and through Media” (2018-2020) for the ZKM Karlsruhe and museums in Europe and China.

Sponsored by: Center for East Asian Studies, the Julian Suez Speaker Series in Chinese Studies, and the China Endowment

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