Tagung: VISUALIZATION – a critical survey of the concept

Date(s) - 07/04/2014 - 09/04/2014

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VISUALIZATION – a critical survey of the concept

 Interdisciplinary, international conference at

Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte

 April 7 – 9, 2014

Organized by

James Elkins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Erna Fiorentini (Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Funded by   dfg_logo_schriftzug_blau_org

Programm (pdf)

Space is limited, so please register sending an email to georg.gremske@student.hu-berlin.de


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The act of making visible by means of images is a procedure of epistemic and aesthetic production that implies cognitive, rational, intuitive, imaginative and creative processes likewise. We mostly apply to these complex processes the concept of visualization, adopting it largely without differentiation across the disciplines. But the process of visualizing is not a natural law. It is a cultural technique with a plurality of intentions, approaches and visual results that vary according to their context, their purpose and their disciplinary affiliation.

Taken as an overall notion, therefore, visualization is not able to adequately cover this multiplicity, unless it is negotiated anew each time, so  that a fundamental critique of this notion is needed. The conference examines the adequacy of visualization as a universal notion from an interdisciplinary and multicentered perspective that juxtaposes fields approaching the iconic process with different expectations: from Philosophy, Aesthetics and Epistemology, Literature and the Arts through Economics, Sociology, the Natural Sciences to Medicine, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Computational Physics and Data Processing.

PARTICIPANTS: Hans Adler (University of Wisconsin); Stefanie Bräuer (Universität Basel); Tom Conley (Harvard University); James Elkins (School of the Art Institute of Chicago); Erna Fiorentini (Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin); Michael Golec (School of the Art Institute of Chicago); Fabian Goppelsröder (Universität Potsdam); Hanneke Grootenboer (University of Oxford); Hans-Christian Hege (Zuse-Institut Berlin); Aud Sissel Hoel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology); Nicola Mößner (RWTH Aachen); Mary Morgan (London School of Economics); Werner Reichmann (Universität Konstanz); Radmila Sazdanović (North Carolina State University); Arno Schubbach (Universität Basel).