Copycat. Dealing with Dangerous Mimesis



Bauhaus Universität Weimar

Festsaal, Goethe Nationalmuseum
Frauenplan 1. 99423 Weimar

Copycat. Dealing with Dangerous Mimesis aims at re-assessing mimesis as a cultural technique. against modernity's self-description as an essentially a-mimetic cultural and social formation the sym- posium will track down mimetic practices as consti- tutive functions of culture and sociality in contem- porary practices of pictorial representation, in accessing and using symbolic forms (manifested in cross-media processes as diverse as copying, citing, paraphrasing, sampling, serializing, montage and remake), in reenactment, anthropotechnical and intercultural transfers and appropriations.

From February 23 – 25, 2017 the DFG-research unit Media and Mimesis is holding its rst international symposium. The conference, which takes place in the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar will also mark the completion of the first three-year research period of this cooperation of scholars based at the universities of Weimar, Bochum, the Art Academy in Munich, the universities in Frankfurt am Main, Basel and Zürich. Funding for the research unit is provided by the German research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).