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along with:

Ute Holl

Ute Holl had worked as filmmaker and commissioning editor in Hamburg, Germany, before writing her dissertation on cinematic perception, anthropological filmmaking and cybernetics as critical epistemology, a book published as Kino, Trance und Kybernetik, Berlin 2002. An : en translation was published by Amsterdam University Press (Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics, 2017). She has then written on music, electro-acoustics and politics (Moses-Komplex, Zürich 2014) and held commissioned professorships in Weimar and Cologne. Since 2009 Ute Holl is professor for Media Aesthetics at the University of Basel. Focus of research: History of perception in the 19th and 20th century; Science and technology studies of audiovisual media; media history of acoustics and electro-acoustics as well as radio theory; experimental and ethnographic cinema.

Martina Leeker

Independent lecturer for Theatre and Media-Science, Martina Leeker was Professor for Theater and Media at the University of Bayreuth until Sept. 2010. Leeker studied Theatre-Science and Philosophy in Berlin and Paris. She completed a training for Theatre and Mime in Paris at Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq as well as further education in dance and plays in Berlin. The focus of her scientific and artistic work is the relation between theatre, performance and digital media. Leeker is founder member of the transARTES, Akademie für Darstellende Kunst, Medien und Kultur, and chair of the first Bayreuth McLuhan conference (2007), of which she co-published 'McLuhan neu lesen: Kritische Analysen zu Medien und Kultur im 21. Jahrhundert'.

Alexander Schwinghammer

Dr. Alexander Schwinghammer lehrt, forscht und verwaltet an der Bauhaus Universität Weimar. Dort gehört er den wissenschaftlichen Lehrgebieten der Fakultät Kunst und Gestaltung an. Gemeinsam mit Stefanie K. Menrath hat Alexander Schwinghammer die Anthologie „What does a Chameleon Look Like?“ herausgegeben, in der der Versuch unternommen wird, eine kulturelle Topographie zu schaffen, die sowohl technisch-digitale als auch nicht-mediale kulturelle Phänomene der Immersion in den Blick nimmt. Seine gegenwärtigen Forschungsinteressen liegen in den Bereichen visuelle Kultur, Methoden künstlerischer Forschung, dokumentarische Medien, Präsentationskultur und kulturwissenschaftliche Nahrungsforschung. Aktuell arbeitet er an einem Projekt zur Imagination von Nahrungszukunft.


'realize immersion' @ 'Into Worlds'

The conference “INTO WORLDS” will explore three different areas of the immersive arts: physical techniques and crafts, spectacular entertainment formats, ranging from vertiginous funfair attractions to virtual reality, and spiritual mental practices between religious contemplation and meditative self-optimisation. Immersion is revealed to be an ambivalent movement. One the one hand, it stands for obliviousness of self or of the media, for spiritual exercise or ecstasy, but on the other, it gives cause for repudiation and critical reflection: Who creates these various worlds that we participate in daily? How are they created? And to what purpose? Which roles do we get caught up in and how do we contribute to forming these worlds?

Andreas Wolfsteiner (event concept)