Performing Media Histories
Join us on a journey through the linked histories of media and performance. Experiment with old and new technologies and explore the sensory dimensions of media. Engage with leading experts, collaborate with contemporary artists, and become part of a dynamic learning experience, questioning, experimenting, and critically analyzing the role of media in our past and present.
The second edition of the Arts and Media Archaeology Summer School will focus on the interplay between media developments and performative culture, spanning from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Through lectures, artist talks, re-enactments and interactive hands-on experimentation, the summer school programme aims to foster students’ ability to think through media by questioning their materiality, sensory properties, and its role as a historical source. The Summer School is aimed at research MA and PhD students and more advanced artists and researchers in the field of Arts, Performance, Media and Cultural History from the University of Antwerp and other universities in Belgium and abroad.
How can we comprehend historical media performance and the experiences they offered?
Does hands-on interaction with old media technologies help to better understand the historical context in which they were experienced?
Can experimenting with media objects enhance our understanding of other media historical sources?
Can contemporary media like film and VR help reawaken and explore past media historical experiences?
What lessons can historical media teach us about the use and influence of today's media?
6 ECTS credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the programme. This includes pre-reading material, attending all lectures, presenting a "dead medium", and successfully completing a writing assignment.