Flusser 100 DAAD Summer School

The Vilém Flusser Summer School is part of the Flusser 100 Festival in Robion and takes place 4 - 13 May 2020.

Topic: The summer school is to celebrate the 100th birthday of the internationally renown media philosopher Vilém Flusser on May 12 2020. It will take place in Robion (South of France) where he last lived and wrote his most important works. The sessions will be taught in his former residence, in the spaces of the municipality and in an outdoor amphitheater carved into the side of the cliff which rises above the town, where lectures, discussions, film viewings and presentations will be held in his honor.
The summer school is to honor the significance of Vilém Flusser’s work for the development of media philosophy and media cultural history yet without orthodoxy in interpreting him. His reflections on the future of digital culture were prophetic and far ahead of his time. On his 100th birthday we will be examining the relevance of Flusser’s thought for our understanding of digital culture. Additionally we will raise questions such as: how can his positions be critically honored today? Which premises shaped his thought? Which media can best support critical thought today?

Educational goals: The participants will learn the essential features of Vilém Flusser’s work in philosophy and media studies. They will become familiarized with the procedures and current problems of German media theory and media philosophy, particularly with regard to digital culture.
The participants will conclude the summer school by presenting their own projects on the topic of the summer school combining theory and artistic practice.

Curriculum: The curriculum of the summer school follows the cardinal media treated by Flusser: the traditional image (the drawing), writing, and photography, which also point the way to the computerized technical image. Flusser’s future theme was also digital culture and the question of to what extent artists and philosophers can take part critically and appropriately in it with their own projects. This outlines five topics for the summer school that are to be discussed in theoretical reading seminars as well as in practical artistic exercises: drawing, writing, photography, digital culture and artistic projects.
Since Flusser’s reflections on and with media occurred against the theoretical background of (German) philosophy, this will also be integrated into the course through readings and explications of concepts. A grounded overview of the state of international Flusser research is also part of the curriculum.

Intended audience: The summer school is addressed to Masters and advanced Diplom students as well pre-docs from art schools and universities that teach media and cultural studies, media art, philosophy of media and technology, aesthetics, comparative literature or applied cultural studies, image theory, film and design.

Application: A cover letter explaining your motivations (1 page) in German or English is required along with a short CV (maximum 1 page) covering what you are studying and where and your current degree stage (BA, MA, pre-doc). Please send both together in a pdf-file by March 5 2020 to the following address: Richtmeyer@fh-potsdam.de, subject: Flusser summerschool

Application deadline: March 5 2020

Selection: Applicants will be selected based on the applications. For acceptance the level of formal qualification and a convincing motivational letter are necessary. Familiarity with the work of Vilém Flusser as well as German language will be seen as an advantage. A balanced relation between theoretical interests and practical competences will also be seen positively. Participants should be able to reflect on media with the methods of the humanities and also have an interest in reflecting practically about media with media.

Acceptance/rejection: The applications will be reviewed by the three organizers together. Only 18 people maximum can be accepted. At least half of the spots are available for international applicants. The results of the selection will be sent out per email on March 15.

Organizers: Dr. Katerina Krtilova (Zurich), Dr. Baruch Gottlieb (Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Richtmeyer (Potsdam) have been teaching and researching in media studies for many years at various art schools and universities. They position themselves in the spectrum proposed for the summer school between humanistic theory and artistic practice.

Funding: DAAD / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst / German Academic Exchange Service

Organizational details: Teaching over 8 days for a total of 66 hours, including lectures, film presentations and two trips. Number of participants: 15-18 people, 10 teachers as well as guests. Arrival on Monday, May 4, departure on Wednesday, May 13 2020. Beginning of teaching on Tuesday, May 5, end of teaching on Tuesday, May 12.

Cost: The teaching events and framework program are free of charge for the selected participants.
Catering is offered for the time of the summer school free of charge. Costs for the trips and for admittance are also covered. We are able to help you in organizing boarding. Travel and  boarding costs have to be covered by the participants themselves.

Vilém Flusser DAAD Summer School Project in Robion, organized by and with Ulrich Richtmeyer (FH Potsdam), Katerina Krtilova (ZHdK) and Baruch Gottlieb (UdK Berlin/BTU Cottbus/West Den Haag), special workshop with Wolfgang Spahn, 4 - 13 May 2020

If you have any questions please contact us here:  info[at]flusser.club