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Fragile Translations: Langauge of/in New Media Art
Claudia Benthien, University of Hamburg
This talk presents and analyzes three new media artworks that deal with the issue and problematics of linguistic and cultural â€œtranslationâ€. The title seeks to mark a double movement: on the one hand, an analysis of language as an aesthetic and â€œpoeticâ€ element of audiovisual, time-based arts and, on the other hand, an examination of different languages and their mutual translations. With reference to recent cultural theory, translation is considered as a fragile and continuous movement â€“ a â€œtrans-formationâ€, transposition, or transcription â€“ between languages and modalities, media and cultures. All three of the works discussed (an autobiographical, single-channel video by the Palestinian-British artist Mona Hatoum, a net art piece by the Korean-American artist collective You-Hae Chang Heavy Industries and a video installation by the Bosnian-German artist Danica DakiÄ‡) combine visual, acoustic and iconic elements of language and address the fundamental differences between languages, which are also partly based on divergent script systems. Through the simultaneity of languages and modalities, these three works seek to create an aesthetic excess that challenges the recipientâ€™s abilities to â€œreadâ€ or â€œcomprehendâ€. The talk is part of an ongoing transdisciplinary research project entitled â€œThe Literariness of New Media Artâ€, which looks at recent developments within the arts from a literary studies perspective.
Monday, May 05, 2014 | 5:15 pm — 7:00 pm
Department of German Studies