Research Colloquium

We can read media, artefacts, and language against one another. The Critical Media Lab Colloquium collects constellations of these types of objects, of relevance to artists, designers, researchers, thinkers and makers. Some readings are of practical relevance as common points-of-reference, analysis or criticality — still others serve to inspire, delight and challenge the ways in which we approach practice (including writing) in technology, art, creativity, science and the design of experience.In order to encourage dialogue around specific key issues we hold a regular Colloquium at the Critical Media Lab. We invite guests to discuss their interdisciplinary takes on a relevant issue with the group of Lab-researchers. The theme for 2021 is Race & Technology.

These gatherings take place every other Wednesday afternoon (3 pm – 4:30 pm CET) during the running semester and are intended to take advantage of the varied and diverse backgrounds of both the team members and the invited guests. The intention of these sessions is to provide an entirely inclusive and open forum for different perspectives on our respective invitees’ input. Discussions sometimes focus on written chapters and essays, and at other times on a creative project, intervention or exercise.

No prior preparation is required to attend the Colloquium meetings, but you’re likely to get more out of each encounter if you get acquainted with the respective guest’s research in advance. Discussions take place in English.

All are always welcome.

For upcoming and past colloquium sessions have a look through the Agenda.

We run a mailing list for reminders and occasionally additional materials for upcoming colloquium sessions. To be included on the mailing list for the colloquium, please contact Moritz Greiner-Petter.

Rules of Engagement

  1. Respectful disagreement should never be reprobative, but ameliorative and generous towards all present.
  2. Although shaped as a substantiated academic forum, we invite all references and insights from all parts of lived experience: philosophy to pop culture, literature to online media, science to anecdote.
  3. Keeping in mind 2) — do not assume that other people know what you know (i.e.: No name dropping, and please refrain from unsubstantiated reference to unexplained arguments, as much as this is possible in our short encounters together.).