The course will provide critical tools to understand contemporary image and performance culture in a global sphere through a historical and intercultural perspective. The students will be enabled to do research on deliberately chosen case studies within a critical theoretical framework through a well-defined corpus of texts. They will be familiarized with archeological and iconological methodologies to be able to adapt these to cultural historical performance analysis.
Images and pictures of the world are progressively taking on a central position in the process of the ‘so called’ globalization. In this sense they are more than an integral part of international trade, global relationships and media politics. Concomitant with the globalization pictures of the world are decisive instruments in dealing with the abysses and borders of the conception of the world as a living environment:they are agents and questioners of the performances between politics, media, body and bio-politics in the public space.
Especially if one defines the mondialisation (Fr.) as a consequence of colonization and an ongoing production process of different technologies and media it seems to be essential to ask for the historical conditions and traces of different influential world pictures. Insofar world pictures also can be seen as significant or expressive indicators and seismographs of devaluations and dislocations in moments of cultural, religious or political crises. It doesn’t matter whether in internet, theatre, television or in any form of a mediatised performance: looking closer to the history of images, especially world pictures as meta-pictures had always the capacity to intervene in traditional or new spaces of living appearance and social participation.
Against this background this master-course will examine and discuss the influence of world pictures as meta-pictures in three interconnected fields.
- Firstly we want to ask for actual (orbital net) performances, pictures and images as a part of the current orbital globalization based on new media technologies.
- Secondly we look for the influence of (the performance of) world pictures as a part of the ongoing process of the terrestrial globalization.
- Thirdly we will examine the influences of theatrical and performative events as a part of the mental and conceptual globalization which started in the ‘ancient world’ and can still be seen as on of the most important ideological backgrounds of the globalization.
Basic methodological tools of the course are among others readings of:
Performance Theory (Guillermo Gomez Pena)
Intermediality and theories of ‘so called’ Intercultural Performances (Diana Taylor)
Visual Culture Studies / Bildwissenschaften (W. J. T. Mitchell, Hans Belting)
- The question for a critical Philosophy of World Pictures and Globalization (Martin Heidegger, Jean-Luc Nancy, Peter Sloterdijk)
- Different Scapes (spaces of appearance) like supra-regional conflict zones (Arjun Appadurai)
2 x 2 hours per week.
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Presentations, final paper.
In blok 2 of the first semester, the student follows simultaneously two MA-seminars of 6 EC each. In blok 3, the so-called "schrijfblok", the student writes the final paper for both MA-seminars from the first semester. This means that besides the 2 x 6 EC for each MA-seminar, the student is able to obtain another 6 EC in blok 3. The student does not need to register separately for the course given in blok 3.