LEONIDA KOVAČ: MEDIA CONSTRUCTIONS AND DECONSTRUCTION OF THE BIO-POLITICAL PARADIGMS IN MODERN AND POSTMODERN PERIOD

11.04.2011
14 – 16 HOD VELKÁ AULA
Akademie výtvarných umění
U Akademie 4
Praha 7
Czech Republic

Content and objectives:
Series of five mutually related lectures aim to reflect on the meaning of the very notion of media and the modalities of media reality constructions from mid-nineteen century until present.  The following topics will be presented and discusses:
 
- invention of photography in 19th century, the normative function of photography, relation of photography with the normative sciences and colonial discourses.
- concepts of originality and reproducibility
- critical deconstruction of Weimar's modernity by the historical avant-gardes of 1920s (visual arts and film)
- European surrealistic photography and it's reminiscences in contemporary art production: the body politics and it's pictorial representations
- American photography between two wars and the procedures of identity construction
- paradigm shift in 1960s and the critique of pictorial representation
-  art technologies and technologies of subjectivity construction
- the meaning of "pictorial turn" in contemporary culture; the notion of pensive image; the work of art in the age of bio-cybernetic reproduction
 
This series of lectures aims to examine a complex relation that exists between the modalities of visual representation and the New World Order we are faced with. The agency of media (photography, film, video, internet) in the processes of both setting and deconstructing the certain bio-political paradigms is comprehended in a wider historical perspective