“What is Live?” – From the Aura to the Avatar

Date: 
05.02.2011 18:00
Festival edition: 
2011
Format: 
Conference
Talk
Location: 
HKW
K1

The decision of Hans Flesch to transmit recorded vinyl instead of live music on the radio sparked heated discussion among many of his famous contemporaries in 1930’s. In the 1950s, ‘liveness’ was discovered by the mass-media as an artistic material for an aesthetic of ‘Indetermancy’. In the 1960s, both Nam June Paik and Umberto Eco were devoted to the ‘liveness’ of television. “Today media-based live performances or online services (such as Second Life) mix ‘liveness’ with pre-generated and real-time elements. This gives the question ‘What is Live?’ a new relevance.”

“What is Live?” – From the Aura to the Avatar

A Historical Survey of Aesthetic Controversies and Artistic Appropriations of Liveness in Mass Media

 

The decision of Hans Flesch to transmit recorded vinyl instead of live music on the radio sparked heated discussion among many of his famous contemporaries in 1930’s (including Theodor Adorno). At this time Walter Benjamin focused on the concept of the decay of ‘aura’ and reflected on related issues. In the 1950s, ‘liveness’ was discovered by the mass-media as an artistic material for an aesthetic of ‘Indetermancy’. John Cage used the radio as a ‘live’ musical instrument in his compositions. In the 1960s, both Nam June Paik and Umberto Eco were devoted to the ‘liveness’ of television. “Today media-based live performances or online services (such as Second Life) mix ‘liveness’ with pre-generated and real-time elements. This gives the question ‘What is Live?’ a new relevance.”

 

The lecture will be in German only.

 

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