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Slowness and the Contemporary

Lutz Koepnik
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room
Meeting Description: 

For this workshop, Lutz Koepnick will join us from Vanderbilt to discuss his recent work on the concept of "slowness" in relation to the contemporary. This presentation comes off of his recent publication of a book (On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary) in which Koepnick challenges the perception of slowness as "conservative and antimodern"; rather, Koepnick uses examples from twentieth and twenty first century literature, art, photography, video and film to argue that slowness is in fact a strategy of the contemporary that manipulates temporal and spatial experiences in a way that is "decidedly modern."  

Prior to this workshop, Koepnick suggests that participants read the intro to his book On Slowness (2014), the last chapter (p 241-271) of Terri Smith's book What is Contemporary Art (2009), and Juliana Rebentisch's recent "The Contemporaneity of Contemporary Art" (New German Critique, February 2015, p 223 pp.). All readings will be pre-circulated. For copies of these texts, contact Rachel Kirkwood (rachkirk@stanford.edu).

About the speaker:

Lutz Koepnick is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema, and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University.

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