>CFP. Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference „Terminator – The
>potential of the End. Coping strategies and destruction as creative
>processes“, University of the Arts Berne/ Switzerland
>We encourage the submission of proposals for the Graduate Student
>Conference „Terminator – The potential of the End. Coping strategies
>and destruction as creative processes“ hosted by the Department of
>Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Bern, July 09-10, 2005.
>The conference’s goal is to investigate the creative power of terms
>such as „destruction“ and „coping strategies“. The conference’s
>titel „terminator“ refers metaphorically to the actionmovie-trilogy
>from Hollywood. Good and Evil are confronted in an artistic
>context, where human intelligence is trying to avoid the apocalypse
>and the decline of mankind. The Terminator-figure, which, in
>contrast to the mortal human, represents the reification of human
>intelligence in form of an immortal machine, symbolizes salvation.
>However, the salvator has to commit suicide, in order to hinder the
>future into being „what it was before.“
>Conflicts, challenges and destructive threats are the basic parts of
>narrative plots, literally beginning from Genesis to the Apocalypse
>in the Bible over demands of the intellectual avantgardes of
>modernism to the pop-culture of the 21st century.
>Artists and scientists have in recents times been especially
>confronted with and negotiated the phenomia of destruction, its
>origins and consequences. This raises the question about what
>reconstruction and creation mean to us.
>Catastrophies give reason to reflect the past and to develop new
>coping strategies and solutions.
>New discoveries and theories may destroy common views of the world
>and create different ones. Political and scientific revolutions
>have a mostly destructive impact on social systems, the fear of
>apocalypse or promised redemption and apocatastasis become questions
>of belief. All these existential problems and challenges have to be
>coped with. The postulation of the New is linked with the
>destruction of the „Old“. Each „End“ always means a new beginning or
>– with a certain philosophical cynism, so to speak – „after the orgy
>there comes the next one.“
>How can destruction be defined? Where does it start, where does it
>end? Who are the modern Barbarians? What causes destruction and who
>decides what is to be destroyed? How may we deal and cope with
>catastrophic events? Can and would it be possible to avoid
>destruction? Can destruction be instrumentalized in a productive way?
>Which disciplines are concerned with destruction? Which role does
>destruction play in the arts and sciences? Which destructive
>processes have to be beared in the pursuit of a goal? Does
>destruction cause the „NEW“?
>What do limits mean with respect to destruction? How do we bear
>down obstacles? Why is the evil so fascinating? Is destruction now
>regarded seriously, neutrally, ironically or does it get „totally
>aethetizised“ – like September 11th - by some culture interprets?
>This conference aims to find significant contributions to these and
>similar questions and to explore their context.
>Notes on application:
>This is an explicitely transdisciplinary conference which reaches
>out to collect scientific and artistic positions from all fields of
>research and production. Not only artistic fields like visual arts,
>drama, music or literature are encouraged to take part, but also
>cultural studies, medicine, sport, natural-sciences, technical
>We invite graduate students from all fields and faculties to submit
>proposals presenting their ideas according to the theme.
>The primary languages of the conference are German and English.
>Presentations should not extend 30 minutes, each of them followed by
>a 10 min. discussion with the audience.
>Please send an abstract of 250-400 words in either German or English
>as MS-Word attachment .
>On a separate cover sheet please list the proposed paper’s title,
>author’s name, affiliation and e-mail address. Please indicate
>whether you will require technological support.
>Submission Deadline for proposals is: May, 2nd, 2005 -
>Applicants will be notified of the commitee’s decision by the
>middle of May.
>No registration fees are required, each lecture will be supported
>by CHF 150,- .
>Accomodation will be provided (upon choice with HKB Students).
>Please pay attention to future CFP updates that announce the
>keynote speakers as well as the URL of the conference website. For
>further information see: www. hkb.bfh.ch
>Executive organizer: Sebastian Baden; [log in to unmask]
>Hochschule der Künste Bern
>c/o Sebastian Baden
>CH – 3027 Bern
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