[rohrpost] Lectures of “Challenges of Digital Art for Our Societies”: Keynotes - Sean CUBITT

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Department for Image Science presents
Conference Lectures "Challenges of Digital Art for Our Societies"
MUMOK, Vienna
SEAN CUBITT (London): Aesthetics and Anaesthetics:
Eudaimonism and Melancholia in the Archive
Sean Cubitt questions the vulnerability of media archives and
henceforth our obligation to them. He analyzes the values of media
archives today, and what the structure of these values can tell us about
the nature of ethical and political obligation in the 21st century.
Beginning with eudaimonism, Aristotle's ethical principle of the pursuit
of good life, it claims a special privilege for aesthetics in political
life, but confesses a certain impossibility in living up to the claims
of the past, only to discover in that distressing failure a model for an
aesthetic politics inspired by the inevitable inadequacy of the
confrontation with the archive object.
Sean CUBITT is professor for Film and Television at Goldsmiths,
University London; Fellow at Melbourne University und honorary professor
Dundee University. His publications include Videography: Video Media as
Art and Culture (Palgrave, 1993), Timeshift: On Video Culture
(Routledge, 2003), Simulation and Social Theory (SAGE, 2001), The Cinema
Effect (MIT Press, 2005), EcoMedia (Rodopi, 2005), Digital Aesthetics
(Sage, 2009) and The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technology
from Prints to Pixels (MIT Press, 2014). His research focuses on the
history and philosophy of visual technologies, media art history and
Department for Image Science, Danube University, Austria
ADA Archive of Digital Art http://www.digitalartarchive.at