The necessary gestures of everyday digital life seem like easy "finger exercises" (Fingerübungen): everyday routines are consolidated in repeated, imitative and unconscious ways of using typing, swiping and zooming. Regardless of the media environment in which the fingers move, a basic vocabulary has developed. The success of finger exercises depends on whether and that they are easy to use. They seem to format digital everyday life and - according to the hypothesis of the workshop - to precarize it at the same time.
For where finger exercises seem playfully simple, these small gestures establish far-reaching, unstable, and asymmetrical relations between platforms, users, data, hypercapitalist corporations, displays, microphones, affects, places, and times. They are not visible from the outside, the missed, uncoordinated, stumbling finger movements - nor are they always easy. Rather, they call into question the forms of subjectification and socialization that accompany them. Even if with "Thumbelina's" (Däumelinchen) finger exercises a "declaration of love to the networked generation" (Michel Serres) was made, for us the (condescending) belittlement that the finger exercise also implies marks the possibility of deconstructing such power relations.
The finger exercises of digital everyday life are political! They show a niche for "micropolitics of the medial" (Andrea Seier) and perhaps also the way to a new form of critique that starts on the level of a shifted subjectivity between ideology critique and affect critique. We believe that the technological imaginary of infinite progress and optimization that Silicon Valley is still capable of sustaining opens itself to critical approaches and surveys when we consider the non-smooth, the delayed, the inefficient, the wasteful everyday life that comes with the directions and distractions of the smartphone attention machine and the finger exercises it demands of us.
The often semantically enforced, the trying out, which is also contained in the term finger exercise, the search for explanations, for exercises, for possibilities of understanding, serves us as a playful invitation to take a closer look: With our workshop, we question self-evident aspects of digital media culture. In the search for possible answers to the question "What is digital everyday life?" we want to tie in with feminist and queer theorizing, for example, and with cultural and postcolonial studies, which have already recognized pre-digital everyday life as an actual political forum. With the help of critical theorizing (Gender, Race, Class and Dis-/Ability) we want to think about forms, practices, routines in digital everyday life in order to weave relational webs between meanings and structures, to pick up already lost threads and to spin them on.
The dialogical exchange that a workshop format entails seems to us to be the appropriate format, because everyday life manifests itself in particular in the way we communicate with each other and negotiate the world. We would like to leave it open to the contributors whether they approach digital everyday life via theoretical, praxeological, historical or experimental approaches, whether they would like to give a lecture or discuss a text excerpt. As little as "everyday life" can be ontologically defined and as differently as we all (experience) everyday life, such a form seems to us to be a necessary openness for an approach that is as multi-voiced as possible.
This workshop takes place as a cooperation of the University of Hamburg and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
Wednesday, 25th October
17.00 Uhr | HI!
17.30 Uhr | MALIN KUHT Lecture Performance
Open threads. Anschlüsse zur cyberfeministischen Vergangenheit
20.00 Uhr | DINNER
Thursday, 26th October
10.00 Uhr | AUFWÄRMÜBUNGEN
10.30 Uhr | BRIGITTE BARGETZ | MELANIE MALCZOK
Ambivalenzen der partizipativen Technikgestaltung: eine kritische alltagstheoretische Perspektive
12.00 Uhr | LOUISE HAITZ | ANNE MEERPOHL
No Tears?! EXPOSED! Digitale Techniken der V/Ermittlung von Glaubwürdigkeit im Fall Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard | Kollektivität & Care — ein Handlungsbeispiel
13.30 Uhr | LUNCH
15.00 Uhr | SEBASTIAN ALTHOFF | DEBORAH WOLF
Jetzt leg’ doch mal das Handy weg: Grenzziehungen im Alltag
16.30 Uhr | COOKIES
17.00 Uhr | HEART OF CODE Workshop
Feministisch hacken, wie geht das?
19.30 Uhr | DINNER
Friday, 27th October
10.00 Uhr | AUFWÄRMÜBUNGEN
10.30 Uhr | PAULENA MÜLLER | NILS MEYN
Begehren nach Geschichte im digitalen Alltag — Queerer Retro-Aktivismus auf YouTube und Instagram
12.00 Uhr | TANJA PROKIC | ROBERT DÖRRE
Ähnlichkeiten. Influencing und Memefication
13.30 Uhr | BYE!
20.30 Uhr | DGTL FMNSM Virtual Healing Hub (Kampnagel)
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Whether social networks, news feeds, video chats, voice assistants or wearables - never before have digital media been so strongly integrated into our own everyday life and culture. These media have to prove themselves in everyday life. As digital everyday media, they perform familiar, useful functions and at the same time change existing everyday cultures in a sustainable way. For example, maps and phones are evolving into "Google Maps" and "Google Pixel" through processes of convergence, datafication, commodification and selection. Such change involves far-reaching technical and cultural innovations, but is also accompanied by social, political, and economic frictions.
The lecture series is dedicated to this creeping as well as radical change through case analyses, historical classifications, media theoretical meditations and practical everyday reflections. On the one hand, we look at technical media from the perspective of their everyday use and examine them in the context of digitalization. In addition, we explore the question of the extent to which everyday life itself functions as a medium that mediates between social structures and technical infrastructures on the one hand and individual actions and material apparatuses on the other. Thus, the 'medium of everyday life' reveals whether and how new gadgets can establish themselves culturally.
All students and employees of the JGU are cordially invited to attend the lecture series.
Right-wing argumentation, fake news and racist hate speech have become commonplace on the Internet. (Extreme) right-wing groups and individuals have long since appropriated social networks to place themselves in debates and thus shift discourses. Here it becomes clear how important it is to show one's colors in different online situations and to dispute the space for right-wing demagogy, especially when it involves seemingly harmless statements.
This online seminar provides an introduction to dealing with situations in virtual space: whether discussions with friends, forum debates or student Facebook groups - the speakers present which communication situations can be distinguished and which options for action they offer us. Discuss, position, display? The participants will sharpen their awareness of how they can and want to act meaningfully in these situations.
On the level of argumentation, a selection of typical right-wing argumentation patterns as well as own counter-strategies will be dealt with, which can then be tried out.
The online seminar alternates between audiovisual inputs and various text-based discussion methods.
The number of participants is limited.
The event flyer including contact and registration link can be found here.
"In late 2020, an editor at this magazine [montage AV] posted two flawed, distorted photos on her Instagram profile after her smartphone camera was suddenly only able to produce severely distorted shots. While a third of the image's surface showed the photo's subject cracked, pale, blurry, and barely recognizable, the rest degenerated into a grid landscape, albeit one plowed through with color, devoid of reference. Amidst the glossy filtered photo collections that make Instagram so popular, the two images seemed at times incongruous, at others unexpectedly raw and unruly, perhaps artsy, but in any case somehow remarkable. Shortly thereafter, amused and concerned followers came forward to inquire about the well-being of the crashed device and its owner, or to see the images as a symptom of the crisis-ridden pandemic year 2020.
But the images (or rather the networked image practices of disruption, documentation, sharing, and commenting that can be seen on the cover of this issue) cannot only be interpreted as an allegory of crisis. They act at the same time as elusive phenomena of contemporary visual culture, which we would tentatively describe as messy. With the establishment of broadband Internet access, smartphones, apps, as well as everyday forms of communication such as GIFs and memes, since the beginning of the 21st century not only has a previously hardly imaginable number of images and image forms emerged. As a result, the impression of a new messiness and great disorder (Stalder 2016, 114 ff.), which we try to further outline as the messiness of digital cultures, has also condensed. We refer to certain types of images in the digitally networked media environments of the present as messy images that challenge visual orders. Messy images emphasize the moment of the messy and unclear, the ambiguous and exuberant, but equally the inappropriate and unpredictable in the visual worlds of social networks, commercial video platforms, and obscure image boards."
- unofficial translation from the editorial of the current issue of montageAV, edited by Laura Katharina Mücke, Olga Moskatova and Chris Tedjasukmana.
For an overview of the entire issue, visit the homepage of montageAV.
Conference of the research project “Attention Strategies of Video Activism on the Social Web”, co-organized by Prof. Dr. Chris Tedjasukmana. The goal of the conference is to stimulate discussions among scholars, artists, and activists about the role that political videos, and video activism in particular, can play in current and future political discourses.
More information and the possibility to register can be found on the project's homepage.
The Film and Media Studies Colloquium (FFK) is a non-institutionalized, specialist conference that has taken place every year since 1988. The 35th FFK 2022 will be hosted for the first time by the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna / Film Academy Vienna and will take place from 31.03. to 02.04.2022 online.
Participation in FFK 2022 is not subject to any thematic commitment; the registration deadline is December 12, 2021. Proposals for presentations, panels, and workshop/alternative exchange formats, as well as registrations for participation without a presentation, should be sent as a Word file by this deadline to email@example.com.
Further information on the participation process and the colloquium itself can be found in this document and on the homepage of the Vienna Film Academy.
Hosted by the Institute for Media, Society and Communication at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Chris Tedjasukmana contributes, among others, in the panel "More than Scientific Freedom. Theoretical Perspectives on the Debate about 'Cancel Culture'".
More info including the opportunity to sign up can be found on theevent poster and on the website.
Topic: Messy Images - Disorders of networked images
More information in German and English
In case of questions, arrangements, suggestions and submissions, please mail to Chris Tedjasukmana (firstname.lastname@example.org), Laura Katharina Mücke (email@example.com) and Olga Moskatova (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Klassische Filmtheorien (Classical Film Theories)
Current issues from the silent film era, the Hollywood era and post-WWII film.
With contributions by Guido Kirsten, Karl Sierek, Chris Tedjasukmana, Margrit Tröhler, Daniel Wiegand, Matthias Wittmann and Barbara Wurm.
Please order via Ventil Verlag. Any information can be found on the publisher's homepage.