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07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of Image

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In modern societies, seeing and knowing are thought to be coherent: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. But who decides what we see? What are the criteria to decide what is shown? And how does this relate to truth? Images, photos and other artistic interventions are not solely representations of ‘the real,’ but are often deliberately commercialized for various purposes or used as an instrument. The seminar will explore possibilities of intentionally producing images and of utilizing them with specific goals, as well as the impact of different images, media systems, and techniques of representation in shaping the broader public sphere. Historical experiences will be examined alongside the extraordinary current flood of images our society is producing. The seminars will be interactive. Participants will be asked to indicate their interests in the theme. Visual materials will be provided for discussion.

Professor for Contemporary Art, Department of Art History, University of Vienna Chair
Professor of Sociology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Canterbury Chair

Noit BANAI

Professor for Contemporary Art, Department of Art History, University of Vienna

 Noit Banai is Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna. She received her PhD in Art History at Columbia University and taught Modern and Contemporary Art at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her research interests focus on modern and contemporary practices in a global context, especially the critical ‘potentialities’ and historical ‘blind spots’ of aesthetic propositions that challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries and geographical limitations. Banai has published in journals such as Third Text, RES, Public Culture and Performance Art Journal; contributed essay to catalogues for the Museum der Moderne Kunst – Ludwig Stiftung in Vienna, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Centre Georges Pompidou and Musée d'art Moderne in Paris, Barbican Art Gallery in London, and Documenta in Kassel. She served as Assistant Editor of the journal RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics and is a regular contributor to Artforum International. Her book on Yves Klein was published by Reaktion Books (2015) and she is currently writing a book titled "Who are the People? Between Nation State and Border State, From Universality to the Global Subject".

Larry RAY

Professor of Sociology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Canterbury

 Larry Ray is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. His research and publications have extended across social theory, globalization, post-communism, ethnonational conflict, sociology of memory, Jewish Studies, the sociology of violence, and photography. He is the author of twelve authored and edited books, including Theorizing Classical Sociology (Open University Press, 1999), Social Theory and Postcommunism (with William Outhwaite, Blackwell, 2005), Globalization and Everyday Life (Routledge, 2007), Violence and Society (Sage, 2011, with a revised second edition, 2018), Violence and Society - Towards a New Sociology (with Jane Kilby, Sociological Review Monograph Series), and Boundaries, Identity and Belonging in Modern Judaism (with Maria Diemling, Routledge, 2016). He has also recently published on Karl Marx’s bicentenary, and the politics of disputed Holocaust memory in Poland. He is currently working on photography, violence and the public sphere. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Seminar Week

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14.08.2019

15:00 - 17:30Treasure HuntSocial
18:00 - 19:30WelcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Bread and WineSocial

15.08.2019

09:30 - 13:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Special Lecture: Global MuckrakingPlenary

15.08.-20.08.2019

Seminar 16: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Seminar 17: LEADfit – the Art of LeadershipSeminar
Seminar 18: Human-Centered Design: New Design Approaches for Open and Sustainable SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 19: Life is (Not) a Game – Critical Game DesignSeminar
Seminar 20: How Mindfulness Increases ResilienceSeminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 22: Who are You? Spoken Word Poetry: How to Express Yourself in Front of PeopleSeminar
Seminar 23: “It does matter where” – Sensing and Questioning SpaceSeminar
Seminar 24: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 25: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 26: Dramatic Thinking: Using Art to Communicate Your Ideas More PowerfullySeminar
Seminar 27: Sing – Listen – Create – LeadSeminar
Seminar 28: Music – a Social Utopia?!Seminar
Seminar 29: All the World’s a StageSeminar

16.08.-21.08.2019

Seminar 01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?Seminar
Seminar 02: Europe and the Challenge of DisintegrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Liberty and Security in Africa: Evidence and Voices from the Continent and BeyondSeminar
Seminar 04: Promises and Challenges of UrbanisationSeminar
Seminar 05: Liberty and Security in the Context of Women’s RightsSeminar
Seminar 06: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Seminar 07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of ImageSeminar
Seminar 08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of FreedomSeminar
Seminar 09: Quantum Technologies – a New Era of InnovationSeminar
Seminar 10: The EU and its Neighbours – EU Foreign Policy Between Ambition and PragmatismSeminar
Seminar 11: Water Security for People and Nature – Present to 2050 (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 12: Noncommunicable Diseases – How to Control and Prevent Them (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 13: How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work? (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 14: Intellectual Self-Defence (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 15: Digital Democracy Lab (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar

16.08.2019

15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

17.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

18.08.2019

10:30 - 12:00Ceremonial Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2019Plenary
12:00 - 14:00Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 17:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

19.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

20.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar
20:15 - 21:45International EveningPlenary

21.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar