Lorenz Engell: 20th Century in the Rhythm of Television
March 18 | 4.45pm | film hall | Art Centre of the Palacky University - Konvikt | On Series and Seriality: How television organizes and transforms time, history, and itself
To very few but remarkable exceptions, almost no philosophical attention has been paid to television so far. This is the more surprising since television can be described as the main cultural agency dealing with and reflecting upon time and time forms during the 20th century; the two main features of television being the live principle – and hence synchronicity – and the serial structure – and hence sequentiality. In this lecture, the serial principle of television will be examined and the evolution of the television series through the medium will be described starting from philosophical findings by Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze. Doing so, ontological and epistemological aspects of television will be focused on, putting a specific emphasis on the historicity and (self-)historicization of television.
March 19 | 6.30pm | film hall | Art Centre of the Palacky University - Konvikt | The Apollo Program: How television performed the second Copernican Turn and paved the way into the Digital Age in 1969
The successful flight to the moon in 1969 by Apollo 11 does not only mark the biggest live event in the history of television, it is also a pivotal turning point in the evolution of the medium, and hence it may be adressed as the Copernican Turn in more recent media history. The workshop will show that the Apollo project from its beginnings to its end was by no means a mere space project, but a television project, that it not only contributed to change the ruling world order of the Cold War, but that it had the traditional concept of communication, of the visual, and of the (mass) medium culminate into a new ontology and epistemology of media, hence performing an epochal change and resulting in a completely different mediatic and scopic regime which prepared the soil for the event of the digital and which is very much in vigour still today.
Prof. Dr. Lorenz Engell
Studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies, French and Italian and Art History at the University of Cologne, receiving his Ph.D in 1988. In 1993 he became a Bauhaus Professor in Weimar and in 1996 the founding Dean of the Faculty of Media of the Bauhaus University. Since 2008 he is – alongside with Bernhard Siegert – director of the IKKM (das Internationale Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie). His areas of research are film and television studies, media history and media philosophy. His current research projects are cinematographic agencies, cinematographic objects, the imaginary of television, media anthropology, operative ontologies, and seriality, causality, indexicality. The fruit of his latest finished reserach is represented by his books Images of finitude (2005), Playtime. Film as „acting field“ (2010), and Introduction to TV theory (2012).