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Addressing each and every one: Popularisation/populism through the visual arts

When Apr 21, 2016 09:00 to
Apr 22, 2016 05:00
Where Main Building (Ludwigstrasse 23), 3th floor, Seminar-Raum
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Addressing each and every one:

Popularisation/populism through the visual arts


Workshop as part of the DFG research project Everybody:

 A transnational Iconography


The workshop brings together scholars from art history, film studies, theatre studies, political theory, sociology and philosophy of religion from several European countries. It discusses the ways (iconic figurations, aesthetic styles, rhetoric figures etc.) through which visual culture addresses its audience and gets involved in the constitution of a public sphere. It is in particular interested in how the visual arts – understood as both visual popular culture as well as fine arts – becomes involved in popularisation practices and populist criticism. 

The workshop approaches this subject by focusing on the central iconic figure that these practices bring into play: the “everybody” (which stands for “all of us”, but is at the same time also a “nobody”, a “common man”, a “common woman” and sometimes even a “new man” or a “new woman”). It presents spotlights of a genealogy and an iconography of the everybody and discusses political and philosophical theories about how the mediating force of this iconic figuration can be understood and valuated. In doing so, the workshop pays particular attention to the ambivalent role this figure plays, especially in most recent history, in triggering both desire and enthusiasm as well as resentment and hate.     



April 21th

Writing an iconography of everybody


9:30-10:00      Anna Schober, Introduction


10:00-11:00    Michael Diers (Hamburg/ Berlin) Jemand, Jedermann und Niemand. Öffentliche Ges(ch)ichtsbilder von Konterfei bis Pixelporträt (chair: Raul Gschrey)


11:00-11:30    coffee break


11:30-12:30    Inigo Bocken (Nijmegen) Heterology - The perspective of the common man in Michel de Certeau (chair: Jens Kugele)


12:30-14:00    lunch break


14:00-15:00    Ursula Frohne (Münster) The Secret Life of ‚Everybody’: Paradoxes between Public Image and Confessional Exposure in Gillian Wearing’s Photographs, Videos and Films of Common People (chair: Katja Wehde)


15:00-16:00    Raul Gschrey (Gießen) Composite Faces: Photographic Constructions of Human Faces between Average and Type (chair: Katja Wehde)


16:00-16:30    coffee break


16:30-17:30    Veronika Zink (Gießen) Enstranging the Everyday. On the Creativity of Ordinariness (chair: Il-Tschung Lim)


17:30-18:30    Richard Dyer (London) Exceptional or Representative? Serial Killing in European Cinema (chair: Il-Tschung Lim)


20:00               Workshop-Dinner



April 22th

Mediating, translating, politicking: Grasping everybody in the public sphere


9:00-10:00      Wim Weymans (Antwerp) Visualizing the people in democratic societies: a historical perspective (chair: Veronika Zink)


10:00-11:00    Oliviero Ponte di Pino (Milan) A Stand Up Politician for Democracy 2.0: Beppe Grillo and New European Populism (chair: Veronika Zink)


11:00-11:30    coffee break


11:30-12:30    Susanne von Falkenhausen (Berlin) "Everyman" is a spy: NSA´s aesthetics of internal cohesion in Simon Denny´s work "Secret Power" (chair: Mara-Lisa Kinne)


12:30-14:00    lunch break


14:00-15:00    Christian Bracht (Marburg) Die Mensch-Maschine. Kraftwerk Ikonographie 1974 – 1986 (The Man-Machine. Kraftwerk Iconography 1974 – 1986) (chair: Mara-Lisa Kinne)


15:00-16:00    Nina Bandi (Lucerne) A deleuzian perspective on the everybody between visual culture and recent protest movements (chair: Thorn Kray)


16:00-16:30    Anna Schober Wrap-Up  



Concept and organisation:

PD Dr. Anna Schober
DFG-Eigene Stelle "Everybody. Eine transnationale Ikonografie" 
Institut für Soziologie, Justus Liebig Universität Gießen


in cooperation with the Research Area 04 Visual and Material Culture Studies, GCSC


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